Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Provides an introduction to the study of essential macronutrients and micronutrients with reference to the Australian diet. The course explores the specific nutritional requirements and nutrition related problems at all stages of the life cycle.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of nutrition principles and their application to nutritional requirements and Nutrient Reference Values, including issues of deficiency and toxicity, biochemical processes and nutrient interactions

2. Describe the dietary sources, functions and bioavailability of key nutrients in absorption, metabolism, and assimilation

3. Identify vulnerable individual and at-nutritional risk groups according to lifecycle stage

4. Critically evaluate current issues and topics in nutrition science as a basis for developing interventions

5. Collect, analyse and assess food intake data


  1. Energy and macronutrients: biochemistry, metabolism, dietary sources and measurement
  2. Micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, trace-elements: biochemical functions and dietary sources
  3. Nutritional reference values in adults, older adults, pregnancy and lactation, infants and childhood, adolescents
  4. Nutritional issues in minority groups in Australia
  5. Special topics: nutritional genomics, dietary supplements and non-nutrient compounds


This course is only available to students enrolled in the B Nutrition & Dietetics (Honours) program and successful completion of HLSC1220, NUDI1000, HUBS1404, CHEM1020, HUBS2505 and HUBS2206.

Assumed knowledge

HLSC1000 Transition to Health Sciences CHEM1010 Introductory Chemistry 1 CHEM1020 Introductory Chemistry 2 NUDI2220 Food Science 2 HUBS2505 Human Pathophysiology

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Formal Examination: Exam

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks


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

Tutorials run from week 2 to 12