BSc (Hons) Dietetics induction information 2019 - stage 1


Welcome to the School of Health Professions where we pride ourselves in the quality and professionalism of our academic offer and where our courses are designed to meet the demands of contemporary health and social care practice. 

As you begin your professional journey we will encourage you reach your full potential and achieve excellence in your chosen discipline. 

We also want you to enjoy your time with us and hope that you will embrace some of the social and recreational opportunities that are such an important aspect of university life.

From the Induction timetable you will see that many activities have been arranged for you and it is important that you attend all of these. 

These activities will help familiarise you with your chosen programme, introduce you to the Peninsula Allied Health Centre and the main city centre university campus and also signpost some of the support services available to you.

Sara Demain, Head of School - Health Professions.

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Induction timetable

Tuesday 17 September - All sessions at the Peninsula Allied Health Centre (PAHC)

10.00–10.30: Welcome to the School of Health Professions  (Head of School and Faculty Dean) - LT1
10.30–12.00: Introduction to Dietetics (Desley White)  - FF23
12.00–12.30: Administration and Card Collection - FF23  *** See below DO NOT FORGET TO BRING YOUR PASSPORT!
12.30–13.30: Lunch Break 
13.30–16.00: Introduction to the Digital Learning Environment (DLE) and Meet the Team (Desley White and Programme Team)  - FF24
Wednesday 18 September - All sessions at Drake Circus         
09.00–10.30: Occupational health appointments* - MANDATORY - See below - Babbage 403, 413, 415 and 417
10.30–13.00: Manual Handling - MANDATORY (Desley White) - Rolle Building 116
13.00–14.00: Uniform fittings** - MANDATORY - See below - Portland Square C1, C2 and C4
Thursday 19 September  - All sessions at Drake Circus       

Unison will be situated in Portland Square Atria C
13.30–15.30: Faculty Placement Fair - Sherwell Building Foyer
15.30–16.30: International students welcome (Karen Beaulieu and International Compliance)  - Babbage Building 410

Friday 20 September - All Sessions Drake Circus
9.30–11.00: Food and nutrition unit visit (Desley White) - Link food hall, Link teaching lab
11.00–13.00: Learning development, Disability Assist and Enhancing your CV (Desley White) - Babbage 007
13.00–13.30: Lunch break
13.30–14.00: Drop in session - Babbage Building 007
14.00–16.00: Peer Assisted Learning (PALS) (Desley White) - Babbage Building, 007

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* Occupational health

You will undertake a series of occupational health appointments over the next four months. It is important that you attend your designated occupational health appointment as this is a condition of attendance in placement areas.

Your first appointment will be scheduled on one of the two dates below:

  • Wednesday 18 September 2019

Venue: Babbage 403, 413, 415, 417

Your individual appointment date and time will be emailed directly to you. 

When attending your first appointment please ensure you bring a record of any immunisations you may have had. Please also be aware your first inoculation may also take place at this appointment and it is important that you have had something to eat prior to this appointment.

If you have a needle phobia please advise occupational health before you start by emailing:

You will need to quote your name, date of birth and course in any email to occupational health.

Future occupational health appointment dates and times will be forwarded to you via your University email account. The schedule of appointments will be posted on the programme moodle site for your information.

** Uniform fittings

It is compulsory that you attend this session so that your uniform fits properly and is ordered in time for your placement.

*** Card collection

We cannot issue your card if you do not bring your passport. Please note: your card is required to use the free bus scheme.

If you are currently a student on a different course and already have a University of Plymouth card without the bus logo, please email: and we will arrange for a new card to be issued.

Essential information

Please ensure you do the following before starting your programme:

  • Enrol online by 16 September 2019 - this gives you access to your timetable and triggers your student loan
  • Upload a photograph by 16 September 2019 - this allows your registration card to be printed

Passport checking during 17 September 2019

Please bring your passport to the administration session together with any certificates or documentation requested by admissions.

This will enable us to issue your University card, which you will need to access the University of Plymouth Library, Students' Union and free bus service between the University of Plymouth and the Peninsula Allied Health Centre. 

If your card is not available for any reason, you will not be able access the bus service free of charge.

Please note that there is no student parking on site.

Suggested Reading List

Highly recommended for purchase:

  • Finglas P.M., Roe M.A., Pinchen H.M., Berry R., Church S.M., Dodhia S.K., FarronWilson M. & Swan G. (2014) McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods, Seventh summary edition. Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry. ISBN 978-1-84973-636-7.
  • Mills A (2002) Food Portion Sizes. 3rd edition. UK:TSO. ISBN: 0112429610.
Other relevant books - purchase optional:

  • Bender D (2014) An Introduction to Nutrition and Metabolism, 5th Edition. Published by CRC Press. ISBN 9781466572249.
  • Eastwood M (2003) Principles of Human Nutrition. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-632-05811-2.
  • *Gibney et al (2009) Introduction to Human Nutrition. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4051-6807-6 *.
  • *Gibney et al (2011) Nutrition and Metabolism 2nd Ed. Wiley and sons, for the Nutrition Society. ISBN 9781405168083.
  • *Widmaier et al (2014) Vander's Human Physiology, 13th Edition. McGraw-Hill International (UK) Ltd, 2014. VitalBook file.
  • Adams, MR & Moss, MO (2008) Food microbiology. 3rd edition. Royal Society of Chemistry. ISBN 0854042849.
  • Goldacre B (2009) Bad Science. Harper Perennial ISBN 9780007284870.
Books marked * may be available as an e-book to Plymouth students. Please wait until you arrive at University to check availability before purchasing.

Some bookshops do offer a discount on course books upon production of a letter confirming a place on the course, or a University ID card once you’ve enrolled.

Please clarify with the individual bookshop before you purchase. You may also want to try or other online sources, as these are often very competitive. Sometimes Dietetics volumes are available at auction on ebay, but watch out for edition.

The following book is essential but can be accessed on line so no need to purchase:

  • The Stationery Office (TSO, 1991) Dietary Reference Values for Food Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom. Twelfth impression. TSO, London. ISBN 011 3213972.
Other reading:

There are several books produced in The Nutrition Society Textbook Series, including Introduction to Human Nutrition, Nutrition & Metabolism, Clinical Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition.

These texts are used in the different stages of the programme, copies are available in the library, there are worth looking at to get a flavour of the programme curriculum.

You are encouraged to look at the website of The Health and Care Professions Council to see the Standards of Conduct, Performance & Ethics and Standards of Proficiency pertaining to professional Dietetic practice.

Reading for the module Psychosocial Issues in Health Care:

We have received feedback from students that they would have valued the opportunity to do some advance reading for this module. We therefore offer some suggestions below. Note that we will not assume that you have read in advance, but it might be helpful to you, if you do.

Reading for Sociology:

  • Earle, S., et al (eds) (2016) Sociology for Nurses, Polity Press, Cambridge.
This will provide a basic introduction to the Sociology of health and illness. Second-hand editions are currently available from Amazon and this would give you sufficient background reading over the summer if desired.

Reading for Psychology:

  • Walker, J., Payne, S., Smith, P. Jarrett, N. (2007) Psychology for Nurses and the Caring Professions 3rd Edition Milton Keynes: The Open University Press.
[This well focused text book contains much of what you will need for the psychology element of the module. Note the ideas within it are equally well applied to health related professions other than nursing].

This book may be available as an e-book to Plymouth students. Please wait until you arrive at University to check availability before purchasing.

Essential information for new international students

Monday 17 – Friday 21 September daily between 16.30–17.00 Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square.
This session is delivered by the International Student Advice (ISA) team and is an opportunity for new international students to meet the team and learn about the services they deliver. 

During this session the team will provide you with essential information designed to help you to settle in to living and studying in Plymouth. 
They will also advise you of your tier 4 visa responsibilities and answer any questions you may have related to your visa. 

There is no need to book in advance, you can just turn up.

UPSU events

Friday 14 September: International Fair, the Students' Union

Monday 17 September: Market Day, Students' Union roof

Tuesday 18 September: Freshers Fair, Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky building and Students' Union roof

Wednesday 19 September: Sports Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union

Thursday 20 September: Societies and Activities Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky Building and Students' Union roof

Friday 21 September: Volunteering Fair, Rolle Marquee

View more information about UPSU events.

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