Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Provides a detailed view of the nutritional foundations necessary for human growth, development, reproduction, health and well-being in each stage of the human life cycle. The life stages covered are preconception, pregnancy and lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. Recommendations and consequences for health and disease will be addressed for each life cycle stage.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Relate foods and nutrients to the biological requirements of humans at different stages of the life cycle

2. Generate resources to summarise and communicate nutritional information compiled from official recommendations and scientific sources

3. Explain, compare and contrast the nutritional requirements of humans during different stages of the life cycle

4. Relate the nutrition-related concerns specific to each stage of the human life cycle to consequences for health and disease

5. Explain and reflect upon the consequences of physical, biochemical, physiological, social and psychological factors impacting nutritional intake and status during each stage of the human life cycle


Module 1: Maternal and infant nutrition

  • Pre-conception – maternal weight, malnutrition and fertility, the role of supplementation and fortification
  • Pregnancy – energy and nutrient needs, food safety, the role of nutrition in the developmental origins of disease
  • Lactation and infancy – maternal energy and nutrient needs, infant energy and nutrient needs, the nutrition of breastfeeding and infant formula, introducing other foods

Module 2: Child and adolescent nutrition

  • Energy and nutrient needs in growth and development, diseases of deficiency and excess, adverse reactions and allergies, food choices and habits

Module 3: Nutrition in adulthood

  • Energy and nutrient needs, food choices and dietary habits, the role of nutrition in adulthood in the prevention and development of chronic disease, healthy ageing

Module 4: Nutrition and the Elderly  

  • Energy and Nutrient Needs of Older Adults, nutrition and longevity, Nutrition and the Development and Progression of Degenerative Diseases, Nutrient-Drug Interactions

Assumed knowledge

BIOL2011 Fundamentals of Biology and Biochemistry or; FSHN2020 Macronutrients, FSHN2030 Micronutrients or; HLSC2240 Nutrition in childhood, BIOL1001 molecules, cells and organisms or; FSHN1030 Introduction to the nutritional, physical and psychological aspects of wellness, EXSS2080 Growth, development and ageing; or HUBS2107 Mammalian growth and development

Assessment items

Project: Nutrition information resource

Report: Written Assessment

Written Assignment: Written Assessment

Quiz: Formative Assessment

Contact hours



Online 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Online Activity

Self-Directed 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.