Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Introduces nutrition and dietetics and education students to the study of nutrition; including nutrients, requirements, food sources and food selection guides. It covers aspects of the Australian Food and Nutrition System (production, distribution, consumption, and food regulation). It also introduces health outcomes and the interpretation of national data related to nutritional conditions, and the research and educational tools used by nutrition professionals.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the psychosocial, cultural, political and economic factors influencing food and food use, food habits, diet and lifestyle - food availability and consumption; the role, functions and sources of nutrients; the food selection guides and the dietary guidelines

2. Apply current knowledge of the theory of human nutrition and dietetics and related practice, including Nutrient Reference Values and dietary sources and functions of nutrients

3. Critically appraise issues in nutrition & dietetics

4. Demonstrate practical skills in dietary assessment and analysis techniques


  1. The food supply - its control and measurement.
  2. The distribution of food, including difficulties in isolated areas.
  3. Consumption of food, how to assess dietary intake and different patterns of consumption including the role of nutrition in patterns of disease.
  4. Nutrients, their source, functions and requirements and the needs of special groups.
  5. Nutrition education - food selection guides used in Australia and internationally, dietary guidelines.
  6. Contemporary and emerging issues in nutrition.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the B Nutrition & Dietetics (Hon) or B Teach (Secondary) / B Techn or B of Teach (Technology) (Hon) or B Ed (Sec) or B Ed (Sec) (Hons) programs. If you have successfully completed HLSC1200 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment

In Term Test: Mid semester test

Formal Examination: Formal Exam

Compulsory Requirements

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

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 2

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