Nutrition and Disease - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - 1200 word written assignment (25%) , Group Project - 700 word equiv contribution (15%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

In this subject, students will develop an understanding of the relationships between nutrition and disease. Students will explore key diseases in which nutritional factors have a role in the aetiology (as a platform for future studies in the prevention and management of nutrition-related diseases). Students will be introduced to food microbiology, and will gain an understanding of food and water-borne illnesses caused by microbial contamination. Students will consolidate skills in critical appraisal of the scientific literature in relation to the pathophysiology of nutrition-related disease.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. analyse results for the likely source of contamination in a given case of food or water-borne disease and synthesise strategies capable of prevention.. 
  2. critically review the role of nutrition in the aetiology of given diseases to identify population groups at increased or reduced risk, and explain the associated epidemiological evidence and pathophysiology.
  3. critically appraise a scientific paper examining the role of nutritional factors in the aetiology of a disease.
  • Assignment — 1200 word written assignment (25%)
  • Group Project — 700 word equiv contribution (15%)
  • Quizzes — 3 x 45 minute quizzes (60%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — If cross institutional, unit coordinator approval needed. View OUA info on La Trobe On Campus to Online or Pathway Programs for details.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Nutritional Epidemiology and Microbiology
2Modes of Transmission
3Microorganisms and Disease
4E.Coli and Salmonella
5Clostridium difficult, Perfringans and Listeria
7Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome
8Lipids and CVD 1
9Lipids and CVD 2
12Asthma and Lung Disease
13Osteoporosis and Musculoskeletal disorders

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Co-Op textbook list.

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