The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Carbohydrate, fat, protein and alcohol in food and beverages are converted into biological energy in the human body. This course will discuss the biochemistry, food sources, absorption, metabolism, physiological functions, dietary requirements and assessment, development and consequences of deficiency, therapeutic use and toxicity of these nutrients. In the tutorials you will discuss case studies related to dietary assessment, energy balance and the role of these nutrients in health and disease.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Match foods with specific energy nutrients;

2. Explain the forms in which energy nutrients are present in foods;

3. Discuss digestion, absorption, transport and metabolism of energy nutrients by human beings;

4. Explain the role of macronutrients in maintaining normal body metabolism and functions as well as in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases;

5. Apply their knowledge of biochemistry, physiology and other sciences to the principles of nutrition with special emphasis on macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins, alcohol, and energy).


Regulation of food intake and energy balance.


Biochemistry, food sources, digestion, metabolism and role in health and disease of carbohydrates, fat and protein.


Biochemistry, metabolism and health effects of alcohol, nutritive and non-nutritive sweeteners and fat substitutes.

Assumed knowledge



Assessment items

Quiz: Tutorial Quizzes (Online)

Presentation: Individual Presentation - Critical Review (Oral)

In Term Test: Mid Semester

Formal Examination: Formal Examination