School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Nutrition and Health (GENM0707)

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Nutrition and Health is basically an awesome subject to take! Not only will you learn whether coconut oil is a health elixir or you should eat clean, you'll finish the course with a different perspective on how the food and drink that we put into our mouths affects us - and the world around us - in so many fascinating ways.

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 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.
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 for you to learn some life skills: to understand how your body processes macronutrients and micronutrients, to analyse your own diet, how your surrounding environment affects your dietary habits, and how your food choices impact on the people and places around you.


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 'extra time' for group

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

Readings and resources

Before each lecture, there will be some pre-lecture activities for you to do. Content from the preparation materials are part of the assessment for this course.