The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Nutrition science is used to determine our dietary needs, recommended intakes, and our food regulations and policies. This course provides an introduction to food and the nutrients they contain and will cover the concepts and use of food analysis and food databases. The government and food industry bodies which regulate and/or inform food professionals and consumers on foods and nutrients will also be covered. At the end of this course students will have a solid foundation in the basics of nutrition science and it’s applications, which will assist in future studies or interactions with nutrition information.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain how food composition tables are generated and used and how to apply them to record and analyse food intake;

2. Describe dietary guidelines, nutrient reference values and models for healthy eating; how they are generated and regulated and explain how they are used as tools for improving food consumption;

3. Identify the requirements and regulation for food labelling and apply these to the generation of labels;

4. Identify the various sectors of the government and food industry and recognise their role in providing safe and nutritious food;

5. List and describe the nutrients we need from foods, summarising their related health issues, digestion and absorption.


  1. Food composition tables and their use.
  2. Dietary guidelines and models for healthy eating.
  3. Introduction to recommended dietary intakes and how they are generated and regulated.
  4. Macronutrients and micronutrients, their presence in foods and their health related issues.
  5. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).
  6. Nutrient and health claims on food labels as advertisements.
  7. The Australian Food and Nutrition Policies and Regulations
  8. Non-government health agencies, eg. National Heart Foundation, Diabetes Australia, etc.

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Formal Final Exams

In Term Test: Mid-Semester Test

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Problem-based Learning

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Project: Project

Contact hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term