Nutrition, Health And Disease
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Undergraduate Level 2
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- Domestic student fee:
- $1,039.00 (AUD)
- International student fee:
- $1,264.00 (AUD)
This unit is designed to extend your knowledge of the principles of nutrition into aspects of applied human nutrition. You will study the relationship between diet, health and disease especially as it relates to the obesity epidemic in the world, how foods and diets are modified to suit nutrition needs (functional foods and genetically modified foods), and how food processing can be modified to optimise nutritional qualities. You will gain experience in public speaking and clear presentation of data from research papers, including discussion of topical nutritional issues as they relate to diet, health and disease and the marketing of various foods. You will also learn to assess nutrition websites, review the literature on important nutritional issues and gain experience in working in teams.
You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:
- Assignments (30%)
- Invigilated Exam (50%)
- Online Discussion (20%)
At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
- describe the relationship between diet, health and disease (especially obesity)
- describe the relationship between genetically engineered food in the current food supply and the need for such new foods
- describe the ingredients in functional foods, nutritional rationale for their inclusion in foods and the mechanism of action of these nutrients in the body
- critically evaluate the experimental design and nutritional significance of published research papers
- communicate efectively through seminars on current issues, discussion of relevent research papers and in a writen format
- differentiate between scientific data and advertising on a website as it relates to nutrition
- collaborate effectively in a team to produce an innovative report on strategies for the food industry to tackle obesity.
This unit addresses the following topics.
|1||Nurition and disease|
|2||Evolution and diet|
|3||Major dietary studies|
|4||Obesity and metabolic syndrome|
|5||Diet and CVD|
|7||Dietary fats and CVD|
|11||Diet and cancer|
|12||Rationale and study design|
This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:
- Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
- Online Quizzes/Tests
- Online assignment submission
- Standard Media
- Web links
Print based materials
- Welcome Letter
Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the Unibooks website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.
This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:
This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:
- Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
- In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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