|Professional Dietetics Practice I|
|Office Hours:||Tues 12-3pm|
|Class Schedule:||Fri 12:00-1:50pm|
|Important Course Pages|
FNH 380 is a one-credit, one-term course, required for all students in the Dietetics Major. It includes guest speakers, discussions, and assignments that introduce students to the dietetics profession, expose them to dietetic practice environments and interprofessional teamwork, and assist them in establishing a personal learning plan to work towards achieving competencies for entry level dietetic practice.
To successfully complete an accredited dietetics program, students must achieve national entry to practice competencies, as outlined in the document, Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP). All students should familiarize themselves with this document (http://pdep.ca/files/Final_ICDEP_April_2013_(1).pdf). The components of the ICDEP addressed in professional practice and internship courses are highlighted in the UBC program competency coverage chart.
The UBC Dietetics professional practice courses (FNH 380, 381, and 480) expose students to foundational knowledge and skill building activities during the campus component of the program to prepare them for the internship year and entry to professional practice. The courses emphasize collaborative and reflective approaches, which are essential for practice.
This is a mixed-mode delivery course featuring lectures, workshops, and applied assignments. Hour 1 is instructor-planned and Hour 2 is a student-led tutorial designed to promote reflection and engagement related to the profession.
Required Course Resource
NOTE: In lieu of a course text book, all students in the course are required to become student members with the Dietitians of Canada (http://www.dietitians.ca/About-Us/Become-A-Member/Overview.aspx). Resources from Dietitians of Canada will be referred to regularly during the course. Note: there is a fee associated with membership.
Additional course resources are posted on the Connect website, accessible via http://elearning.ubc.ca/connect/. Please check back regularly as resources will be added throughout the term.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Utilize a blog to share a professional profile, reflections, and key accomplishments;
- Utilize communication and collaboration skills in the planning and oversight of a 50-minute in-class tutorial;
- Describe key features of the Dietetics Major, including the internship component;
- Describe the roles and responsibilities of dietitians in various practice settings;
- Compare and contrast the communication, food preparation, and meal service procedures in acute and residential care facilities;
- Identify benefits and challenges of, and strategies for enhancing inter-professional team work in health care;
- Strategize to address common dilemmas arising in dietetic practice due to personal beliefs and experiences;
- Demonstrate awareness of the client experience of being diagnosed with and living with a nutrition-related disease or condition;
- Apply knowledge of the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice towards development of a self-assessment and learning plan;
- Describe the function of and opportunities for involvement in key regulatory and professional organizations related to dietetics;
- Reflect upon the value of networking with peers who are future professional colleagues;
- Utilize peer review to refine approaches to professional work.
||Sonja Kupka (Dietitians of Canada) and student organization reps|
||Guest facilitator and Sarah Makepeace|
||Barbara Crocker (Vancouver Coastal Health) and Karol Traviss|
||Frances Johnson and RDs (Providence Health)|
||Lisa Forster-Coull (BC Ministry of Health) and Karol Traviss|
||Tiffany Yeung (Sodexo)|
||Nicole Fetterly (Choices Market) and Vashti Verbowski (Private Practice)|
||Fern Hubbard (College of Dietitians of BC)|
Assignments and due dates are summarized below. See written assignments for additional details. All assignments are due at the end of the day on the due date (i.e., midnight).
| 1. Dietetics Blog
|| Blog setup: Friday September 20, 2013
Posts and uploads: per individual assignment requirements
| 2. Tutorial Session Leadership
|| Review and discuss plan with course instructor one week prior to scheduled session
Lead tutorial session: Schedule to be determined on day 1 of class
| 3. Interprofessional Reflections
|| Blog post (Health Interprofessional Mixer): Monday September 23, 2013
Blog post (activity 2 - student chosen): Friday November 8, 2013
| 4. Networking Reflections
||Blog post: Friday October 4, 2013|
| 5. Site Visit
|| Draft report to host sites: Friday October 18, 2013
Final report from your group to be posted on your Dietetics Blog by Friday October 25, 2013, along with your personal reflections
| 6. Self-Assessment and Learning Plan
|| Swap self assessments and draft learning plans with networking partner: Friday November 1, 2013
Required items under the Learning Plan page and the Experiences page must be posted on your Dietetics Blog by Friday November 22, 2013
| 7. Reflective Self-Evaluation
||Friday November 29, 2013|
Evaluation and Grading Procedures
Student performance in this course is evaluated on a pass/fail basis, in alignment with how competency attainment is assessed during the internship year. To pass the course, students must:
- Attend all classes:
- as a reminder, attendance is mandatory at professional practice courses
- please arrange personal appointments and activities so you can be in class for the scheduled time
- if you are seriously ill or have a similarly significant reason for being absent, contact the course instructor (in the event of illness, medical documentation will be required)
- Be punctual (it is unprofessional and disruptive to class guests to arrive late)
- Actively participate in all course activities
- Contribute in an equitable manner to assigned group work
- Complete all assignments to a professional standard (stated criteria met)
- Consistently demonstrate professional practice and communication competencies (as dietetics is a professional program, to remain in good standing, students must demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour at all times - see Policy 1.15, and behave in accordance with the document, Required Skills and Abilities for Students in the UBC Dietetics Major).