Principles of Nutrition - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - 2000 word written assignment (30%) , Non-Invigilated Exam - 2 hour final examination (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00

In this subject, students will develop an understanding of the major food sources, metabolism and storage of the major food molecules carbohydrate, protein and fat (the macronutrients), alcohol, vitamins and minerals (the micronutrients), and water, and be aware of the consequences of over and under-nutrition. Students will also develop an understanding of the principles of energy balance. Students will be introduced to techniques for measuring and evaluating nutrient adequacy of diets of individuals and populations, including the use of nutrient databases, nutrient reference standards and food guides. Students will also be introduced to simple techniques for measuring body composition of adults.

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

  1. explain and interpret the use of energy balance to determine an individual's energy balance status.
  2. identify and describe sources and functions of nutrients, and explain the consequences of over and under nutrition.
  3. apply techniques for the measurement of body composition of individuals.
  4. analyse dietary intake of individuals using food composition databases and dietary analysis software (Foodworks).
  5. apply nutrient reference values to dietary assessment and planning for populations.
  • Assignment — 2000 word written assignment (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — 2 hour final examination (50%)
  • Quiz — 30-min mid-semester quiz (20%)

Mandatory prerequisites

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

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction and Review of the Digestive System
2Energy from Food and Macronutrients
3Individual Nutritional Assessment
4Body Composition Assessment
8Fat and Water Soluble Vitamins
9Minerals, Water and Electrolytes
10Microminerals and Alcohol
12Nutrients for Blood and Bone Health
13Over and Under Nutrition

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Understanding Nutrition: Australia & New Zealand

    By:Whitney Rolfes Crowe & Walsh

    ISBN: 9780170222853


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