Nutritional Biochemistry


This course will enhance previous biomedical and nutrition knowledge with particular reference to recent developments in nutritional sciences and biomarkers of human health and diseases.



  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Critically evaluate and apply current scientific findings in nutrition and health

2. Provide nutritional advice based on sound scientific findings

3. Critically evaluate nutrition information appearing in popular magazines and other forms of media

4. Discuss the efficacy and appropriate use of functional foods

5. Justify the use of nutritional supplements for people with special needs

6. Describe biomarkers of nutritional status

7. Describe biomarkers of liver function

8. Describe biomarkers of cardiovascular disease

9. Describe biomarkers of diabetes mellitus

10. Describe biomarkers of oxidative stress, antioxidant defences and inflammation


  1. Biomarkers of nutritional status
  2. Biomarkers of liver function
  3. Biomarkers of cardiovascular disease
  4. Biomarkers of diabetes mellitus
  5. Biomarkers of oxidative stress, antioxidants and inflammation
  6. Biochemical, physiological and clinical aspects of various macronutrients, micronutrients and other components of foods relevant to human health and disease
  7. Functional foods
  8. Popular nutritional supplements
  9. Ergogenic aids
  10. Scientific bases for nutrition interventions in human health and disease

Assumed Knowledge

HUBS2205 Human Molecular Science or HUBS2206 Human Biochemistry and Cell Biology and HUBS2207 Human Metabolic and Nutritional Biochemistry

Assessment Items

Essay: Written exam

Formal Examination: Assignment *

Presentation: Group oral presentation

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks