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Nutrition Fundamentals

Undergraduate | LTU-DTN201 | 2024

The food people eat, and the energy they store or burn off, shapes body size, fitness and health levels. Learn techniques to weigh up nutritional value, measure body mass, assess energy intake, and how to maintain a balanced and healthy diet.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Enrol by
18 Aug 2024
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks
Start dates
26 Feb 2024,
26 Aug 2024

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Nutrition Fundamentals

About this subject

  • On successful completion you will be able to:

    1. Explain and critique methods for collecting dietary intake and estimating energy expenditure and apply these methods to determine an individual's energy balance status.
    2. Identify and describe the structure, metabolism and digestion, sources, and functions of macronutrients, water and alcohol and discuss the consequences of macronutrient imbalances.
    3. Identify and describe the sources, functions and absorption of micronutrients and discuss the causes and consequences of micronutrient deficiencies and toxicities.
    4. Explain and evaluate techniques for the measurement of body composition of individuals.
    5. Analyse dietary intake of individuals using food composition databases and dietary analysis software.
    6. Demonstrate comprehension of national nutrient and food based dietary recommendations and apply these recommendations to assess dietary adequacy.

Entry requirements

To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted into a degree.

Prior study

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:

and one of

Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s).

Equivalent subjects

You won't be able to enrol into this subject if you've already successfully completed or currently enrolled in the following subject(s) as they are considered anti-requisites due to the similarity of the content.


Prerequisites: Students must be admitted in the following course: HBFN
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed DTN2PNU (Principles of Human Nutrition) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.

Additional requirements

  • Software requirements - This subject requires a students subscription to FoodWorks Professional Software (Xyris).
  • Other requirements - In this subject, students will be required to assess their dietary intake and measure their weight, height and circumferences (waist and hip). The measurement of personal data (diet and physical measures) will be on a purely voluntary basis. Students will be able to collect data from another volunteer student if there are any cultural or religious reasons preventing them from submitting their own data. 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.

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