Course and Grade Information

Thesis Stream

MScFN 2018-19 Course Schedule


Course Descriptions

Fall/Winter Terms (Year 1)

Fall Term (Year 1)

FN 9711A – Nutrition Research and Epidemiology – This course will provide an introduction to principles of epidemiology as applied to nutrition. Students will learn about study design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiologic studies related to nutritional status, diet and disease relationships. Students will learn how to enter and analyze their own data, and will develop a conceptual understanding of multivariate statistics.
FN 9111A – Food and Nutritional Policies and Regulations – This course is designed to provide advanced study of the Food and Nutritional Policies and Regulations for topical / current issues in nutrition, food science and technology in health and disease.
FN 9211A – Leadership and Food Management –  This course integrates practice-based research and experience-based issues in Leadership and Food Management, in a number of different environments, including but not limited to Healthcare (both acute and long term care), Industry, Hospitality, Education institutions and Entrepreneurship.

Winter Term (Year 1)

FN 9888B – Seminar in Food and Nutritional Sciences 
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 9666B – Community Nutrition and Program Planning – 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 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.

It is expected that on weekdays when classes are not scheduled students will be available for dedicated research work and internship preparation.

Continuing Students

Continuing Students

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.


Fall Term Course Outlines

FN9711A Nutritional Epidemiology and Statistics
FN9111A Food and Nutritional Policies and Regulations
FN9211A Leadership and Food Management

Winter Term Course Outlines

(to be posted, please check back)

FN9888B Seminar in Food and Nutritional Sciences
FN9666B Community Nutrition and Program Planning
FN 9444B Advances in Clinical Nutrition

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. The Graduate Program Coordinator will contact students prior to registration each term with guidelines including which courses are required, and registration deadlines.

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

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

Method 2

  1. Log into the Student Center.
  2. Click on Main Menu
  3. Click on Self Service
  4. Click on Academic Records
  5. Click on View Academic Summary
  6. Select “Web Academic Report” and click “go”
  7. 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.

  1. Get your student number. You can get this by contacting your Graduate Program Coordinator.
  2. Get your PIN number. If you do not know your PIN/Access Code, please use the Western Access Code Retrieval service.
  3. Get your Login and Password. You can use your student number and your PIN/Access Code to activate your account and retrieve your login and password.

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