HNUT30170 Professional Work Experience

Academic Year 2022/2023

Students will complete a 10-month placement in the food industry, nutrition research, health promotion or nutrition regulatory bodies in their 3rd year. Placements will be in Ireland, UK, Europe or possibly further afield. It is intended that on completion of their Professional Work Experience (PWE) placements students will have a greater understanding of the role of the nutritionist and a greater appreciation of the relevance of technical information presented to them in their degree course. Students will see the practical application of many subjects, analyses and principles, will have the opportunity to improve their written, oral and communication skills and to practice appropriate professional conduct in the workplace. This period of Professional Work Experience is mandatory and must be undertaken in Stage 3. Successful completion of this module is mandatory for graduating on completion of Stage 4.Students must familiarise themselves with and abide by the regulations for PWE as set out by the Agricultural Sciences Programme Board. For each placement, a host contract must be completed, signed by the host and received by UCD, before the placement will be deemed to have commenced by UCD. Furthermore, placements (and parts thereof) which have been completed in the absence of an appropriately completed host contract will not be accepted. Only in the most exceptional circumstances will any deviation from this requirement be permitted and this must have the agreement, in writing, of the PWE co-ordinator.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: Understand the role of a nutritionist in a nutrition work/research environment, Overview their PWE placement and the organisation in which they completed it, Describe any procedures/analyses they used while on their PWE placement, Have implemented, analysed and written up an independent research project.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Placement/Work Experience




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is the internship module for Human Nutrition students. Each student will apply for a UCD BSc Human Nutrition approved placement. Each student will have a UCD based tutor and a placement supervisor that will support their learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

HNUT20060 Human Nutrition II, HNUT20070 Nutrition Research Methodology I, HNUT20080 Nutrition Research Methodology II

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HNUT10020 - Human Nutrition I, HNUT20060 - Human Nutrition II, HNUT20070 - Nutrition Research Method. I, HNUT20080 - Nutrition Research Method. II, RDEV20140 - Health, Welfare & Safety

Additional Information:
Completion of HNUT10020 & HNUT20060 & HNUT20070 & HNUT20080. In addition, students must be in good academic standing with respect to modules undertaken within stages 1 & 2 to progress to PWE within the BSc

PWE (Human Nutrition) (FDSC30170)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Professional work experience is assessed throughout the year and will include the submission of a thesis at the end of the 10 month placement period. You must complete all components of the assessment Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will get feedback from their UCD tutor and their PWE supervisor throughout their placement. They will also self-assess their progress through learning review and core competency mapping tasks. Students will get individual feedback on their PWE thesis when they return to their final year following upon request.

Name Role
Professor Lorraine Brennan Tutor
Professor Eileen Gibney Tutor
Assoc Professor Breige McNulty Tutor
Ms Aoibhin Moore Heslin Tutor
Dr Celine Murrin Tutor
Assoc Professor Sharleen O'Reilly Tutor
Dr Aifric O'Sullivan Tutor
Professor Helen Roche Tutor
Dr Martina Wallace Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Year Long (12 months - Sep)
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 30, 31, 32 Thurs 10:00 - 11:50