The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


In this course you will learn about the micronutrient (vitamins, minerals, and trace elements) content of foods and the role of micronutrients in the body and their impact on our health.

The course will discuss the biochemistry, food sources, absorption, metabolism, physiological functions, genetics, development and consequences of deficiency, dietary requirements and assessment, therapeutic use and toxicity.

In the tutorial activities you will discuss dietary intake and learn about how suboptimal nutrition may affect human health, with particular attention to malnutrition and global hunger.


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 micronutrients;

2. Explain the forms in which micronutrients are present in foods;

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

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

5. Apply their knowledge of biochemistry, physiology and other sciences in the understanding of the principles of nutrition with emphasis on micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and other minor components of the human diet).


Introduction - history and development of vitamin concept; overviews of the requirements, dietary recommendations for Australians and intake.

Chemistry, biosynthesis, food sources, absorption, biochemical function, requirements, consequences of deficiency or overdose and assessment of the water soluble and water insoluble vitamins:

  • The water-soluble vitamins: B group vitamins and vitamin C
  • The fat-soluble vitamins: A, D, E and K

Chemistry, food sources, absorption, biochemical function, requirements, consequences of deficiency or overdose and assessment of minerals:

  • Macro elements - calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chlorine and sulphur
  • Micro or trace elements - iron, copper, iodine, fluorine, manganese, zinc, selenium, molybdenum, chromium, silicon and other miscellaneous elements

Assumed knowledge

BIOL1040 Introduction to Biology 1 or HUBS1401 Human Bioscience or HUBS1403 Biomedical Science 1

HUBS1418 Human Physiology for Exercise Science or HUBS1404 Biomedical Science 11 or HUBS1416 Advanced Human Bioscience

BIOL2010 Biochemistry

BIOL2011 Fundamentals in Biochemistry

FSHN1010 Food & Nutrition I

FSHN1020 Food & Nutrition II

FSHN2020 Macronutrients

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Quiz: Tutorial Quizzes (Online)

In Term Test: Mid semester examination

Presentation: Presentation- Individual (Oral)