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									               Joining Instructions

     MSc Advanced Dietetic Practice


1.     General Information

2.     Welcome from the Head of School

3.     Programme Information

4.     Term Dates


     Title of Award:       MSc Advanced Dietetic Practice

     Validating Bodies:    University of Wales
                           Endorsed by the British Dietetic Association

     Type of Course:       Part-time
                           Modular Course

     Normal Length:        Three years

     School:               Health & Social Sciences

     Head of School:       Dr Maureen Bowen

     Programme Director:   Alison Nicholls

Dr S Maureen Bowen) BSc (Hons) Ph.D.,C.Biol.,MIBiol,FIBMS

A very warm welcome to the Cardiff School of Health Sciences.

The School has a wide portfolio of courses in the Health Sciences and Social Care areas,
most of which are professionally accredited. This is frequently a pre-requisite to gaining
employment in the relevant field following graduation.

We are extremely proud of our record of employability for our graduates, which is
very high and many of our students go on to study for higher degrees. With the
increased expense of undertaking higher education, the fact that our programmes provide
excellent employability in the field you choose to study, may help to reassure you that it is
worth studying for a degree.

I hope that your personal experience of being a student in our School is a good one and that
you will enjoy your time with us as well as gaining valuable qualifications for the future.

It is also important that students feel able to make a contribution to the work of the School
and its continuing development. This booklet will give you preliminary information on the
programme on which you intend enrolling. Please read it and let the Programme Director
know if there are things, which you do not understand, and also if there is any additional
information, which you require before, the programme starts.

I look forward to meeting you during your time with us and hope sincerely, that you will feel
at the end of the programme your time and efforts had been well spent!


The School has four Departments which are divided into Centres:-

Department of Applied Community Sciences & Protection
      - Centre for Applied Social Sciences
      - Centre for Public Protection

Department of Applied Life Sciences
      - Centre for Biomedical Science
      - Centre for Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Science

Department of Health Care
      - Centre for Dental Technology
      - Centre for Speech & Language Therapy
      - The Wales Centre for Podiatric Studies
      - Centre for Complementary Therapies

Department of Psychology

The School also has a number of Research and Enterprise Centres;

      Centre for Biomedical Research
       Cellular senescence and vascular biology group
       Immunology group
       Diabetes and metabolic health group
       Microbiology and infection group
      Health Psychology Research Group
      Food Safety, Nutrition and Health Research Group
      Food Industry Centre
      Centre for Health, Safety and Environment (CHSE)
      The Wales Centre for Podiatric Studies

The School is located on the Llandaf Campus, Western Avenue, Cardiff. There has
recently been £4.9m investment in unrivalled facilities for food technology, nutrition,
biomedical science and environmental research.

The Sports Biomedicine and Nutrition Degree is jointly delivered by the Cardiff
School of Health Sciences and the Cardiff School of Sport and the sport-based
modules are delivered at the Cyncoed Campus. All students in the School have
access to the excellent sporting facilities at the Cyncoed Campus, which houses the
National Indoor Athletics Stadium.

The award winning UWIC Rider bus runs a regular service across all campuses and
into the city centre.

The School programmes are primarily focused at BSc and MSc level, many of which offer
both an academic and professional qualification. There are also two foundation degree
programmes and a number of Higher Certificates and Diplomas validated by
BTEC/EDEXCEL available in the School.

The School has over 50 PhD students and staff undertaking research in a wide range of

Biomedical Science research focuses on the cellular and molecular basis of disease, its
prevention and the development of associated therapies and includes the relationship
between cell senescence (ageing) and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, exercise and
health, immune response in interstitial lung disease and effect of dietary lipids on immune
function, asthma and genetic associations in allergy, regulation of the inflammatory
response, role of micro-organisms in wound infection and antibacterial and therapeutic
properties of honey.

Our Food research has food safety as its focus, key areas being microbiology, risk
assessment, food safety management in small businesses, psychology of food handlers’
behaviour and probiotic 'friendly' bacteria and health.

Nutrition and Dietetics research is examining healthy eating initiatives in schools and the link
between nutrition, lifestyle and well-being.

Dental Technology research centers around the development of CAD/CAM in rapid
prototype production of removable partial dentures and orthodontic appliance/component

Speech and Language Therapy research in fluency disorders, aphasia, second language
learning, welsh language development, phonetics and phonological disorders.

Podiatry research focuses on the relationship between foot function and musculoskeletal
pathology, and in particular knee and patellofemoral joint disorders. Other projects are
being conducted assessing the influence of chronic kidney disease on the development and
progression of lower limb threatening complications, the role of digital imaging technology in
the pre-operative evaluation of, and prediction of outcomes in, hallux valgus, and the
influence of routinely used insole materials on postural stability and balance in the elderly.

Psychology research is in the area of alcohol abuse and chronic conditions such as
hyperemesis gravidarum, forensic psychiatry and mental health issues, well-being in adults
(which includes students adapting to university life and young single women’s response to
pregnancy and memory in the elderly. A major new initiative involves collaborative research
with biomedical science and nutrition and dietetics examining the role of lifestyle and
nutrition on biomarkers of ageing.

Complementary Therapies research centers around the use of these therapies in the
general population in Wales and in cancer patients in particular.

Social Work has an interest in the intervention in regard to child welfare and domestic
violence plus service user assessment in social work education.

Housing, Health and Social Care research is in psychosocial influences on interpreting risk
communications; governance issues in health and housing (with particular attention to black
and minority ethnic groups), regulation and regional regeneration.

Environmental Health research centers on occupational health and safety, such as pollution
and health and pollution chemistry. We are working closely with waste treatment companies
and collaborating with biomedical sciences on occupational health risks in commercial scale
composting operations. Academics in Trading Standards are involved in research in regard
to weights and measures (metrology).

Within the School there is a high commitment to ensuring participation of staff and students
and a corporate management style has been adopted. This is reflected in the School

Management and Planning Team who meet on a regular basis to determine overall policies
and procedures.

Membership of the School Management and Planning Team:

Dean of School                Director of Learning & Teaching (Deputy to the Dean)
Director of Research          Director of Enterprise
Business Support Manager      Two elected members of teaching staff
Heads of Departments


         The Masters programme in Advanced Dietetic Practice equips the graduate with a
         deep knowledge and understanding of dietetics to enhance their professional
         practice. As the programme has research and workbased study at its core, it will
         encourage the promotion of health and amelioration of disease throughout the
         course of study. More specialised areas of study are selected by participants to
         enhance their own area of expertise.

         The course has been designed in partnership with the British Dietetic Association
         and other collaborating universities.

         The structure is designed to be flexible and meet the needs of the individual learner.
         There are three elements underpinning the philosophy of the programme:

        The learner must be empowered to plan their own developmental stages, justify and
         achieve their goals through the work based learning programmes and the final
         project if they progress to MSc level;

        The learner must be able to chose a programme which is flexible and fully integrated
         so that they can fulfil their plan;

        The learner must demonstrate high level skills and achievement in their professional
         practice through multi-professional working and contribution to the development of
         the profession and the work place;

         and three defining themes:

              advanced professional practice;
              evaluation of practice/research;
              and specialist practice.

         3.1    Outline Structure

Exit/Target Award                Cumulative       Modular Components
                                 number of
                                 Credits at M
                                 level not
                                 less than

Postgraduate Certificate in      60                  Core module: Professional Practice Work
Advanced Dietetic Practice                            Based Learning Phase 1 (20 credits)
                                                     Research Strategies in Nutrition and
                                                      Dietetics (DET402- semester 1)(20 credits)
                                                     And any other selected from the
                                                      designated list (20 credits) or from other
                                                      universities (with approval)

                                                     Modules as listed above
Postgraduate Diploma             120                 Core module: Professional Practice Work
                                                      Based Learning Phase 2 (20 credits)
                                                     And any others selected from the
                                                      designated list (20 credits) or from other
                                                      universities (with approval)

MSc in Advanced Dietetic       180                  60 credit dissertation (DET 406)

        UWIC Designated List
Module                     Module          Credit      Host course                     Term
                           number          rating
Contemporary Nutrition     NPH 404         20          MSc Public Health               2
Issues                                                 Nutrition
Interprofessional          INS402          20          MSc Interprofessional           1&2
workshops                                              Studies
Society and Health         INS403          20          MSc Interprofessional           2
Psychology and Health          INS404      20          MSc Interprofessional           1
Clinical Educators Course      ADP404      10          MSc Advanced Dietetic           *
Advanced Clinical              ADP405      10          MSc Advanced Dietetic           *
Educators Course                                       Practice
Nutrition for the Older        ADP407      20          MSc Advanced Dietetic           *
Person                                                 Practice
Public Health                  NPH400      20          MSc Public Health               1
Public Health Nutrition        NPH401      20          MSc Public Health               2
Behaviour and Motivational     NPH402      20          MSc Public Health
Change*                                                Nutrition
Exercise Physiology            SEN400      20          MSc Sport and Exercise          1
                               SEN402      20          MSc Sport and Exercise          2
Sports Nutrition I                                     Nutrition
                               SEN403 20               MSc Sport and Exercise          2
Sports Nutrition II                                    Nutrition
* This is a short course which is run as a block

       Additional Information

               All students are required to keep a personal development journal. This is
               discussed at regular intervals with your personal tutor and goals are agreed.
               Each student is expected to demonstrate self-development during the course.

       3.2     How the Programme is Managed

               The Programme Director is responsible for the overall planning and day-to-
               day running of the entire course.

               Module Leaders are responsible for their particular module: what is taught,
               how it is taught and how it is assessed.

               Each student is allocated a personal tutor who will arrange regular meetings.
               These provide an opportunity to discuss any general issues, both academic
               and non-academic which you wish to talk about. The personal portfolio is
               also discussed at these meetings.

3.3   Student Consultations

      The views of the students are very important in the operation and monitoring
      of the course. To enable the programme team to obtain these views, each
      year group is represented by a student member of the cohort. They act as
      spokesperson for the group, and may also be asked to provide the group with
      information from members of staff. They are also members of the
      Programme Committee which meets twice a year, and which is responsible
      for the academic issues relating to the course.

      Student representatives are asked to give a report from their year group at
      the meeting.

      Further information from students about the operation of the programme is
      collected via questionnaires issued at the end of each year. These are
      summarised by the Programme Director and form part of the Annual
      Programme Monitoring Report. Any actions which are required as a result of
      the consultations are implemented and also monitored through this system.

3.4   How the Programme Team Will Help You To Learn

      A wide variety of teaching and learning strategies are used in the
      programme. These include lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars, team
      learning and the unique Professional Practice Work Based Learning

      Lectures convey information to students, and are interactive. Tutorials are an
      opportunity to work in small groups in order to expand and consolidate course

      Seminars are opportunities for student centred learning. They provide the
      students with a forum to practise team work and communication skills.

      Workshops, case studies and team projects provide further experience of
      reflective thinking and critical evaluation.

      Throughout all of these teaching and learning processes, students are
      supported by the subject tutors, and resources from the library.

      The library provides access to a large range of learning technology, which
      offers students the opportunity to use many on-line data sources. An
      interactive ‘Study Skills’ support package is available.

      There is also a specialist computer laboratory, which allows students access
      to the latest computer packages and the World Wide Web.

3.5   Methods of Assessment

      Each module you undertake is assessed. All examinations and course work
      (where appropriate) are anonymised. This helps to provide equality of
      opportunity which is a key element of UWIC teaching policies.

      The nature of the assessment will vary according to the subject, and the aims
      and objectives of the module.

      A wide variety of methods are used to assess students. These include:

             Problem solving practical reports;
             Case studies;
             Oral presentations;
             Course journals;
             Critical assessments of published work.

      Details of the Assessment Regulations will be given to you at the beginning of
      the course.

3.6   Codes of Conduct Pertaining to the Programme - What is Expected of

      Students are expected to comply with all of the General Regulations of the
      University, together with UWIC Health and Safety Regulations. In addition,
      all members of the University are expected to comply with the policies on
      Equal Opportunities and Harassment.

3.7   Programme Related Expenses


             There is no need to purchase books before the beginning of the
             programme. You will be given details of which textbooks you require
             as lectures commence.

             Photocopying and Printing:

             Students are responsible for the cost of any photocopying which they
             require as part of their studies. Cards may be purchased in the
             Library to use in the copying machines. There is also a Copy Shop on
             site in Llandaff, which carries out copying on request, at a reasonable

             Printing from the computers within UWIC will also be subject to a


The Academic year dates for 2009/2010 are as follows:-

       Induction       Wednesday 23rd September 2009

       Autumn Term     Monday 21st September 2009 – Friday 11th December 2009
                                    (12 Weeks)

       Spring Term     Monday 11th January 2010 – Friday 19th March 2010
                                     (10 Weeks)

       Summer Term     Monday 19th April 2010 – Friday 11th June 2010 (8 weeks)


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