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Introduction to Nutrition

Undergraduate | LTU-DTN101 | 2024

Navigate the makeup of the human body. Uncover diet myths, and select the most nourishing foods using dietary guidelines. Calculate muscle to fat ratio to determine health. Weigh up the balance between what people eat and the energy they burn.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
26 Feb 2024,
27 May 2024,
26 Aug 2024,
25 Nov 2024

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Introduction to Nutrition

About this subject

  • On successful completion you will be able to:

    1. Describe methods for collecting dietary intake and estimating energy expenditure, and use principles of energy balance to determine an individual's energy balance status.
    2. Identify and describe common food sources, functions and absorption of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and discuss the causes and consequences of micronutrient deficiencies and toxicities.
    3. Identify and describe the main food sources, structure, functions, digestion and absorption of macronutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrate), water and alcohol and discuss the consequences of macronutrient imbalances.
    4. Apply simple techniques to measure body composition of individuals.
    5. Apply simple dietary analysis techniques to assess diets.
    6. Describe the role of the Australian Dietary Guidelines in health, and the application of food guides in assessing diets of populations.

Entry requirements

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • LTU-DTN111 (Not currently available)


Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed DTN1NHW (Introduction To Nutrition) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements - Late enrolments are generally not permitted past the published close of application date for the study period. For students not enrolled in the prerequisite courses, you may be able to undertake these subjects with approval of your home course coordinator, please contact ASK La Trobe for assistance. A good internet connection is required due to the online delivery.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Food and Nutrition

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Bachelor of Arts

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Bachelor of Business

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Bachelor of Psychological Science

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Bachelor of Cybersecurity

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Bachelor of Health Sciences

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Bachelor of Information Technology

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Diploma of Arts

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