The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


The course provides an introduction to food and the nutrients they contain, with special emphasis on the essential nutrients. The concepts of food analysis and food databases and how they are used, will be covered. The government and food industry bodies which regulate and/or inform food professionals and consumers on foods and nutrients will also be covered.



  • 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, summarizing their related health issues, digestion and absorption.


Course content includes:

  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

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Practical Exercises, Reports and Quizzes *

Formal Examination: Formal Final Exams

In Term Test: Mid-Semester Test

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend at least 80% of the scheduled laboratory sessions
  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must submit reports for a minimum of 80% of the laboratory sessions and obtain a passing grade of at least 50%.

Contact hours



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