The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


The study of nutrition in childhood will focus on food and nutrition requirements, and nutrition education for children. The development of eating behaviours and barriers to change will also be studied. Students will be provided with the opportunity to integrate theory with skill based activities in workshops.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify the role and significant food sources of nutrients essential to children.

2. State the nutritional requirements for growth and development in children.

3. Describe the key diet related health issues for Australian children

4. Identify the ways in which the school environment contributes to the development of eating behaviours in childhood.

5. Identify opportunities for modifications of the school environment to promote nutrition education and healthy eating in children.


Weekly lectures/workshops will examine the following topics:

  1. Introduction to basic prinicples of Nutrition and nutrients
  2. Nutritional requirements for normal growth and development in children and adolescents
  3. Use and interpretation of the Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating for children and adolescents
  4. Development of food and nutrition policies within health promoting schools
  5. Nutrition and school performance
  6. Overweight and obesity in childhood
  7. Nutrition related health issues for Australian children and adolescents - Type 1 Diabetes
  8. Nutrition related health issues for Australian children - food allergy
  9. Eating disorders in children and adolescents
  10. Sports Nutrition
  11. Nutrition related health issues for Australian children - Cystic Fibrosis and other chronic conditions
  12. Schools as a setting for Health Promotion - The Health Promoting Schools Approach, nutrition education within the school setting and canteen based nutrition interventions: Fresh Tastes @ School as well as other school based programs.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

In Term Test: Examination: On-line

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Workshop activities will be incorporated into lecture time.