School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Nutrition and Health (GENM0707)

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Description

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

Internal (Face-to-Face) classes on campus.

Course aim

This course aims to help students become familiar with the basic science of human nutrition (including requirements for a healthy body and metabolism), the factors that influence dietary habits (including the role of personal needs and advertising), and how these affect both the individual and populations. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to critique the modern nutrition environment and apply the information to their own lifestyles.

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.
Learning and teaching rationale

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

Assessment

Assessment Task 1 - Quiz 1, 2, 3
Weighting: 30% (3 x quizzes worth 10% each)
Length: 25 MCQs per quiz

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

Assessment Task 3 - Group presentation
Weighting: 25%
Length: 15 mins / group

Assessment Task 4 - Student forum post
Weighting: 25%
Length: 1500 words

Readings and resources

Online readings are part of the assessment for this course.