PHPS40910 Pract Placement (non-acute)

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module for MSc Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics students comprises learning in the practice education placement setting and direct service-user management. Students will work in the health service and settings relevant to dietetic practice under the direction of a Practice Tutor in collaboration with dietetics and other health service staff. Students will have an opportunity to practise clinical and other dietetics professional skills learned in the academic setting and to carry out service-user assessments and treatments in a multidisciplinary work environment. The module facilitates reflection, discussion and sharing of placement experiences in the context of evidence-based professional dietetics practice. Each student will complete a Learning Portfolio during the practice placement. This is a core module for the MSc in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics programme.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Achieve the competencies mapped to the CORU domains of professional autonomy and accountability, communication, collaborative practice and teamworking, safety and quality, professional development and professional knowledge and skills as incorporated into the Practice Placement (non-acute) Assessment Forms
2. Show documentary evidence of undertaking clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice for chosen cases
3. Provide documentary evidence of engaging in reflective practice
4. Show evidence of dietetic activities undertaken
5. Show evidence of initiative in identifying learning needs and availing of learning opportunities available

Indicative Module Content:

Dietetics practice placement (non-acute).

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
Critical writing
Reflective learning
Enquiry & problem-based learning
Case-based learning
Student presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

This module is suitable only for students registered to the MSc Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Programme. Successful completion of the practice education component is required for professional registration.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PHPS40780 - Dietetics Professional Pract 1, PHPS40890 - Dietetics through the Life Cyc, PHPS40900 - Med for Clin Nutr & Dietetics

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat (CFP) Within Three Semesters
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?

Formative assessment is provided weekly and more often if required throughout the practice placement. Assessment is competence-based and aligned to professional proficiencies defined by the regulatory body. Students must achieve the competencies described in order to successfully complete the practice placement.

Name Role
Dr Sarah Browne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Clare Corish Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Nicola Dervan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Sharleen O'Reilly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Miss Annelie Shaw Tutor
Miss Shevaun Teo Tutor