Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Professional Studies - Communication and Ethical Issues

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Food Sciences and Nutrition

DESCRIPTION The content outlines an issue of placement logbooks and discussion on placement outcomes. This study-unit will guide the student through periods of placement interspersed with reflective practice contact periods.

Throughout this unit, students are trained to develop effective communication skills, critical thinking skills and reflective practice.

The content will also include clinical case studies and their effectiveness, clinical scenarios workshops (nutritional demands acute /chronic disease) and principles of professional ethics of importance to the nutritional sciences.

Study-unit Aims:

- The study-unit aims to enable students to critically evaluate the theoretical basis of communication behaviour in the delivery of therapeutic advice and be able to select the appropriate model for changing a clients behaviour;
- The student will be encouraged to self-reflect and identify deficiencies in their knowledge, understanding and attitude and be motivated to address such deficiencies and defend and, where appropriate, alter the basis and nature of clinical dietary education of a client;
- The student will critically examine the factors known to affect clinical outcome, appreciate the ethical, professional and attitudinal dimensions required of a health care professional;
- In addition, the student will as a consequence develop the necessary skill-base that supports and facilitates the application of effective practice.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Exploit knowledge and skill base to effect better critical thinking, clinical reasoning and judgment-making and reflective practice;
- Demonstrate systematic and integrated understanding of the fundamentals of dietetic practice;
- Demonstrate the required competencies and apply them effectively to advocate and advise individuals and groups about food choices that are feasible and clinically effective.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Apply a number of key skills developed and consolidated during this and other units covered in the semester. These include critical evaluation, writing, organizational and communication skills.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

• Gandy, J. (Ed.) (2014). Manuel of Dietetic Practice (5th ed.) UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
• Zorzanello Emery, E. (2011). Clinical Case Studies for the Nutrition Case Process. USE: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
• Pender, F. (2008). Clinical Cases in Dietetics. UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
• Gable, J. (2007). Counselling Skills for Dietitians. UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Practical

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 25%
Portfolio No 25%
Objective Structured Clinical Examination Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Natasha Azzopardi Muscat
Maria Bezzina Xuereb
Therese Bugeja
Mario Caruana
Claire Copperstone
Anna McElhatton

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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.