School of Population Health

Nutrition and Health (GENM0707)

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Nutrition is relevant to everybody, every day. What, how and why you eat and drink are questions you may not have contemplated in any depth, but adequate nutrition is key to both good physical and mental health. In exploring the mechanisms and determinants of nutrition behaviours, this course offers an opportunity to understand what nutrients your body needs, how your body processes nutrients, how to analyse your own diet, and how poor nutrition can influence individual and population health.

Credit points

This course is an undergraduate General Education course, comprising 6 units of credit towards the total of 12 units of credit required of General Education for most undergraduate students.

Mode of study

Face-to-face teaching.

Course aim

This course aims to help students become familiar with the basic science of human nutrition and enable them to critique the modern nutrition environment.

Course outcomes
  1. Define the basic function of nutrients and its metabolism in the human body, including fundamental principles of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry.
  2. Explain the role of diet in the development of disease and in health maintenance.
  3. Recognise and describe different dietary needs between population groups.
  4. Recognise and describe how different factors influence diet.
  5. Be able to analyse your own dietary behaviours.
  6. Critique the modern nutrition environment using an evidence-based approach.

Assessment Task 1 - Quizzes 1 - 10
Weighting: 20% (2% each quiz)
Length: 10 MCQs per quiz

Assessment Task 2 - Nutrition self-reflection project
Weighting: 20%
Length: 1500 words

Assessment Task 3 - Group presentation
Weighting: 20%
Length: 3 minutes per person + 3 minutes 'free time' for group

Assessment Task 4 - Capstone paper
Weighting: 40%
Length: 2000-2500 words

Readings and resources

Learning resources for this course consist of the following:

  1. Preparation lessons for the lectures (available in Moodle)
  2. Lectures slides (available in Moodle)
  3. Lecture audio recordings (available in Moodle)
  4. Mandatory readings/activities after each lecture (available in Moodle)
  5. Tutorial PowerPoints (available in Moodle as pdfs after each tutorial).