Courses and Grades

MScFN Course Schedule and Descriptions

Fall Term (September–December)

Winter Term (January–April)

  • FN 9333B Leadership and Management (Both Thesis and Internship Streams)
  • FN 9444B Clinical Nutrition (Mandatory for Internship Stream)
  • FN 9666B Community Nutrition and Program Planning (Mandatory for Internship Stream)
  • FN 9722B Community Nutrition and Program Planning (Mandatory for Thesis Stream)
  • FN 9733B Research and Thesis Planning (Mandatory for Thesis Stream)

Course Outlines are posted on the Brescia website under ACADEMICS at the top menu and then COURSE OUTLINES from the left side menu. Where no course outline is posted, please refer to the below course description.


FN MScFN 2016-17 Course Schedule

Course Descriptions

FN 9111A – Current Issues and Controversies in Foods and Nutrition – Advanced study of topical/current issues and controversies in foods and nutrition and health.

FN 9222A – Research Methods and Statistics – Advanced training in research methods and statistics used in nutrition research.  Nutrition research plays a vital role in setting professional practice standards and health policy and in determining the role of nutrition in health and disease prevention.

FN 9333B – Special Topics in Leadership and Management –  Process of leadership from a comprehensive and varied perspective.  Systems theory, servant leadership, strategic thinking, decision making and problem-solving skills will be explored.

FN 9444B – Advances in Clinical Nutrition – An intensive review and critical evaluation of the current medical nutrition management of diverse disease conditions in different stages of the life cycle.

FN 9555A – Contemporary Issues in Foodservice Administration –A review of current issues in food services administration, related to healthcare, retail and educational environments.

FN 9666B – Community Nutrition and Education – Advanced study of the principles and practice of community nutrition and education.  Based on an understanding of the impact of public policy and social determinants on health, students will explore concepts of health promotion, program planning and evaluation, and current public health priorities.

FN 9711A – Nutritional Epidemiology – Introduction to principles of epidemiology and their application to nutrition.  Students will discuss the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiologic studies and apply these in relation to nutrition.

FN 9722B – Program Planning and Evaluation – Concepts and knowledge of nutrition program planning and evaluation; examination and review of current nutrition programs, principles and policies in population health and related areas at the provincial, national and international levels.

FN 9733B – Research and Thesis Planning – Under the supervision of a faculty advisor, the student will identify a thesis topic, develop the research strategies/research, design, prepare data collection and analysis techniques and write a research proposal for submission to the Research Ethics Board at Western following specific guidelines and regulations. Students meet on an individual basis with their respective faculty advisor.

FN 9811 – Internship in Foods and Nutrition – For students in the Internship Stream, the dietetic internship experiences will be in different areas of practice, e.g., clinical nutrition (renal, cardio, diabetes etc.), community nutrition, public health, foodservice administration, long-term care and research. Students will rotate in each of these areas and the experiences will be offered by different facilities such as hospitals, public health units, community health centres, long-term care homes, foodservice organizations.  The internship will begin in May following the completion of two terms of course work.  The internship will last for three terms.  Placements will vary from 4 to 12 weeks in length.  Staff relief and vacation time will be considered as part of the internship experience.  Preceptors in each facility will supervise interns’ experiences and will evaluate their competencies.  In addition, the Internship Co-ordinator will monitor interns’ experiences to ensure a smooth working relationship between the program, the preceptors and the students.

FN 9822 – Thesis in Foods and Nutrition – Students in the Thesis Stream will be required to research and write a thesis in one of the five areas of practice emphasized by the program: clinical nutrition, community nutrition, foodservice administration, food science, or leadership and management.  Preparation for thesis research will begin early in the first term and will intensify in the second term of the first year when each student in this stream will undertake a half course devoted to thesis project design and planning.  Each student will work closely with a faculty advisor to develop a thesis topic, submit an ethics proposal, collect and analyze data, and write the thesis. Together, the student and advisor will draft a learning contract that will make explicit the expectations for the terms of the thesis development.  The student will submit and defend the thesis by the end of the fifth term.

Self-enrollment in courses

Your course registration at The University of Western Ontario will be done online through the Student Center (

The instructions below outline how to access your enrollment appointment and how to register in courses.

If you are unsure which courses you should be registering in, you can find the information on your program’s website.

Before you register in courses:

  • You must be enrolled in the term you’re choosing your course in.
  • You must have an active Western email account.
  • You must find your course enrollment appointment date and time (given to you by the Graduate Program Coordinator)

Student PIN (New Students)

To obtain your PIN you can go to the Student Services website at:

Activate UWO Email Account

Obtain your Western username and password from the Information Technology Services (ITS) website at

You will need your Western student ID number and PIN.

Finding your Course Enrollment Appointment Date

  • Log in to
  • On the right you will see ‘Enrollment Dates’.
  • Select ‘Details’ to view the specific start time of your appointment.
  • You will not be able to register for courses prior to this time.

Enrolling in Courses

To assist you in course registration there is a step-by-step guide as well as links to more detailed instructions at

You will be restricted to the courses within your program with the exception of those courses required for your degree.

If you are required to or would like to take a course outside your program or require an undergraduate course you must contact your Graduate Program Coordinator and complete the appropriate form.

Grades – how to find them

Checking Grades Online

Students have the ability to check their grades online. Once grades are submitted by the Professor to the Graduate Program Coordinator, they are then forwarded to the Office of the Registrar for posting. Students can log into the Student Center to check their grades.

Grade posting takes about 1–2 business days from the time the grade is submitted to the Graduate Program Coordinator until the time is it available online for student viewing. This time estimate may vary depending on the time of year.

Students should note that the grades that appear online are final grades. If there is a discrepancy between the grade the Professor indicated and the grade online, please inform both the Professor and the Graduate Program Coordinator as soon as possible.

To Check Your Grades:

Method 1

  • Log into the Student Center.
  • Click on Grades (half way down on the left)
  • Click on Posted Grades tab

Method 2

  • Log into the Student Center.
  • Click on Main Menu
  • Click on Self Service
  • Click on Academic Records
  • Click on View Academic Summary
  • Select “Web Academic Report” and click “go”
  • Scroll down to the current term

UWO Accounts Login Help

If you are having trouble logging into any of your UWO accounts, please follow these instructions.

You will now have all the components you need to log into the UWO E-mail System and the Student Center.