Nutrition Principles - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments (45%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

This unit provides students with an introduction to and an overview of nutritional issues related to general health and the food supply. Various aspects of food composition and cultural cuisine will be examined and related to the process of food choices and the subsequent effect these choices have on community health issues. The macro- and micro-nutrient content of the core food groups will be discussed and the rationale investigated for diet planning principles, food labelling regulations and the setting of national dietary guidelines and recommended dietary intakes (RDIs). The biochemical principles of carbohydrate, protein and lipid structure, digestion, absorption and metabolism for energy in the body will be outlined and related to the intake and function of the micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals.

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

  1. The distinction between macro and micronutrients
  2. The relative energy contribution to the body from dietary fat, carbohydrate and protein
  3. The food sources of specific nutrients
  4. The structure and function of the digestive tract and process of cellular energy metabolism
  5. The function of the TCA cycle and energy transport chain
  6. The role of micronutrients in controlling energy metabolism in the body
  7. Diet planning principles, weight control and the impact of fad diets
  8. Write coherent and concise scientific reports
  9. Research nutritional information on the internet.

Develop skills in:

  1. Assessing the validity of media nutritional information
  2. Assessing the accuracy of scientific studies in nutrition
  3. Reading and understanding food labels and nutrition claims
  4. Measuring anthropometric data
  5. Determining energy expenditure and nutrient intake of individuals.
  • Assignments (45%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Online Discussion (5%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Overview of nutrition
2Planning a healthy diet
3Food sources of nutrients
5Energy balance & body composition
6Weight control
7Macronutrients - carbohydrates, proteins & lipids
8Macronutrients - carbohydrates, proteins & lipids (cont)
9Energy metabolism of carbohydrates proteins & lipids
10Energy metabolism of carbohydrates proteins & lipids (cont)
11Micronutrients - vitamins & minerals
12Micronutrients - vitamins & minerals (cont)

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  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.
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Required textbooks

  • Understanding Nutrition with Student Resource Access 12


    ISBN: 9780170366670


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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