HNUT40170 Professional Practice

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module provides an integrated study of the role of the nutrition professional and develops student understanding of the profession’s scope of practice. It will explore ethical issues and question the associated values for the profession. It will explore the Association for Nutrition Code of Ethic and Statement of Professional Conduct, the legal context of nutrition practice, responsibilities and accountability in relation to current legislation, research governance frameworks, intellectual property issues, national guidelines, local policies and protocols and governance in relation to nutrition. This knowledge will be integrated to enable students to recognise the moral and ethical issues associated with professional nutrition practice and frame it within the journey of professional and career development.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
• Evaluate situations for moral and ethical issues associated with professional nutrition practice,
• Use those evaluations to justify a course of action and ensure adequate safeguards are maintained; and
• Develop a portfolio of evidence to support continued professional development and career planning.

Indicative Module Content:

This module will cover: the principles of professional practice, professional practice standards, documenting professional practice, responsibilities of professional practice, ethics in practice, core competencies in nutrition, career planning and professional development.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module use active learning during weekly lecture/tutorials. Peer and group work will be used for learning activities and assignments. Critical and reflective writing is central to all written assignments. Case-based learning is used in an assignment as is student presentations. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HNUT40070 - Nutrients in theLifeCycle(O/L), HNUT40090 - Pathways to Health (O/L), HNUT40130 - Research Design and Statistics

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Ethical practice assignment Week 7 n/a Graded No


Portfolio: Professional development portfolio Week 12 n/a Graded No


Presentation: Personal brand pitch Week 12 n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
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
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

AT1 Ethical practice assignment will allow students to submit a draft for formative assessment. Post-assessment individual and group level feedback will be delivered, which students can then apply to their final summative assessment. AT2 will require students to submit reflections and self-assessment work throughout the semester. The final portfolio is assessed and the students will receive individual and group-level feedback post-assessment. AT3 will require students to self-assess their final presentation and peers to provide feedback on this presentation. Post-assessment feedback will be group and individual.

Name Role
Ms Heather Kenny Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Fiona Lalor Tutor