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Nutritional Science (8257.3)

Level: Undergraduate Second Year Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics


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  • Winter Term, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (180628) - View
  • Semester 1, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (179917) - View
  • Winter Term, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (164541) - View
  • Semester 1, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (164041) - View
  • Winter Term, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (152356) - View
  • Winter Term, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (152356) - View
  • Semester 1, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (154570) - View
  • Winter Term, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (141074) - View
  • Semester 1, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (146166) - View

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This unit provides students with a sound understanding of the roles, functions and metabolic processes of macronutrients, micronutrients and functional components in foods including the impact of nutrient deficiencies and toxicities. Advanced techniques for measuring and assessing the nutrient adequacy of diets of individuals and population groups relevant for an adult population are introduced from which the principles of a healthy diet for adults are addressed through an understanding of Australian dietary reference standards. Interactions between drugs, both recreational and medicinal and nutrients are also explored.

This unit is co-taught with unit 8258 Nutritional Science G.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Describe the function and metabolic processes of macro- and micronutrients and other functional components in foods and their role in maintaining health, and nutritional deficiencies and toxicities;

2. Critically evaluate techniques for assessment of nutritional status of healthy individuals: anthropometry; biochemical markers; clinical assessment and dietary intake;

3. Demonstrate an understanding of drug-nutrient interactions; and

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose, application and derivation of the Australian Nutrient Reference Values.

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Contact Hours

4 hours per week.


9280 Introductory Nutrition, OR 6529 Systemic Anatomy and Physiology.
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Public Health may enrol in this unit without these pre-requisites.

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