The Biology of Nutrients Through the Human Lifecycle

Course code FSHN3060Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Provides a detailed view of the nutritional foundations necessary for human growth, development and reproduction, including normal functioning of individuals in each stage of the life cycle, from preconception to the final stages of life. The life stages covered are preconception, pregnancy and lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age. Normal nutrition for each stage of life is covered followed by some clinical aspects of nutritional interventions in each phase of the cycle. Mechanistic principles of nutrition and their application in preventive and curative aspects of human health throughout the life cycle are covered. This area additionally covers biological anthropology and human evolution and variation in the context of i) nutrient-gene interactions and their role in developmental as well as degenerative conditions, and ii)the biological implications of a shift away from historical/natural dietary patterns.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. relate foods and nutrients to the nutritional requirements during preconception, pregnancy and lactation and understand the specific nutrition-related concerns during this time;
2. relate foods and nutrients to the nutritional requirements during the growing years of infancy; childhood, and adolescence and understand the nutrition-related concerns specific to each of these stages,
3. relate foods and nutrients to the nutritional requirements from early adulthood through to old age and how these change as we go through the ageing process and understand the nutrition-related concerns specific to these stages;
4. relate the different physical, biochemical, physiological, social and psychological factors to nutritional intake and status during each stage of the life cycle;
5. apply their knowledge of food science, nutrition, physiology, biochemistry and other sciences in the understanding of the nutritional foundations necessary for growth, development and normal functioning of individuals in each stage of the life cycle.
ContentNutritional Related Issues Before Conception
- Maternal weight prior to conception
- Malnutrition and fertility
- Maternal Age - adolescents, older women
- Practices Incompatible with Pregnancy
Nutritional Related Issues During Pregnancy
- Growth and Development During Pregnancy
- Energy and Nutrient Needs During Pregnancy
- Common Nutrition-Related Concerns of Pregnancy
- Maternal Health During Pregnancy
Nutritional Related Issues During Lactation and Infancy.
- Infant's Energy and Nutrient Needs and Growth
- Maternal Health and Nutrient Needs During Lactation
- Maternal Health After Pregnancy
- Breast Feeding and Infant Formulas
- Introducing Cow's Milk and Solid Foods
Nutritional Related Issues During Childhood
- Energy and Nutrient Needs of Children
- Energy and Nutrient Deficiencies and Behaviour of Children
- Adverse Reaction to Foods
- Childhood Obesity
Nutritional Related Issues During Adolescence
- Energy and Nutrient Needs of Adolescents
- Growth and Development of Adolescents
- Food Choices and Health Habits of Adolescents
Nutritional Related Issues in Adulthood
- Energy and Nutrient Needs of Adults
- Nutrition and the Development of Chronic Diseases
- Nutrition through the Aging Process
Nutrition Related Issues of the Elderly
- Energy and Nutrient Needs of Older Adults
- Nutrition and Longevity
- Nutrition-Related Concerns of Older Adults
- Nutrition and the Development and Progression of Degenerative Diseases
- Nutrient-Drug Interactions
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBIOL2011 Fundamentals in Biochemistry
FSHN2010 Human Physiology
FSHN2020 Macronutrients
FSHN2030 Micronutrients
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Lecture
Laboratory
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Other: (please specify)- Mid-Semester Test
- Assignment/Presentation/Online Quizzes
- Dot Point Research - As advised
Quiz - Tutorial
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for FSHN3060