PHPS40800 Dietetics Professional Pract 2

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module is designed to develop evidence-based practice in students in preparation for their professional practice placement in the acute setting. Students will work in small groups on a range of problems applicable to dietetics practice in the acute setting. Using the nutrition care process and a problem-solving approach, students will develop care plans for a variety of patient cases. The module will allow students to integrate their theoretical and practice-based learning from year one of the programme with their theoretical learning in year 2 using a small group and problem-based learning approach. This is a core module for the MSc (level 9) in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics and successful completion is a pre-requisite for the Practice Placement modules.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module students should be able to:
i. demonstrate an understanding of professional autonomy and accountability in the acute setting
ii. demonstrate an understanding of evidence based practice and the importance of this to contemporary dietetic practice in the acute setting
iii. describe and demonstrate application of the nutrition care process using the ADIME (assessment, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring and evaluation) model to cases requiring dietetic intervention in the acute setting
iv. demonstrate integration of theoretical and practice-based learning
v. understand the importance of interpersonal and professional relationships

Indicative Module Content:

Communication of complex information
Behavioural change skills within the acute healthcare setting
Clinical research ethics
Professional and ethical use of social media
Loss and grief
Legal aspects of professional practice
Open/protected disclosure/whistleblowing
Irish healthcare policies, for example,Trust in care
Food sustainability
Creativity, innovation, business in dietetics

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active/task-based learning
Peer and group work
Reflective learning
Case-based learning
Student presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PHPS40780 - Dietetics Professional Pract 1

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Case-study presentation Week 7 n/a Graded Yes


Assignment: Written assignment Week 4 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Reflective essay Week 6 n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The assessment and feedback on this module is designed to develop skills in professional competencies such as reflective practice, peer-learning, communication and case management in preparation for practice placement within the acute care healthcare setting. The feedback is intended to support student learning to safely practise within the acute healthcare setting and is focused on their learning needs to become autonomous healthcare practitioners within this setting.

Name Role
Dr Sarah Browne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mrs Ruth Charles Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Clare Corish Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Nicola Dervan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Miss Annelie Shaw Tutor