Subject details

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

  1. analyse and compare & contrast the physiological differences/changes occurring during different stages of the life span
  2. analyse and compare & contrast the nutritional requirements of pregnant & lactating women, infants, children, adolescents, adults & older persons
  3. analyse and compare & contrast the nutritional issues and habits of particular relevance and particular risk behaviours of each age group
  4. synthesise knowledge of physiology, nutritional requirements & issues and behaviours across the lifespan and apply this knowledge to individuals.
  • Topics
    • Preconception Nutrition
    • Pregnancy Nutrition
    • Lactation Nutrition
    • Infant Nutrition
    • Toddler Nutrition
    • Child Nutrition
    • Adolescent Nutrition
    • Adult Nutrition 1
    • Adult Nutrition 2
    • Older Person Nutrition
    • Dietary Recommendations Across the Lifespan
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Web links
    • Print Materials
      • Study guide
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming

Entry Requirements

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

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -

    This subject is offered via Open Universities Australia. La Trobe University students can undertake this subject as part of a cross institutional enrolment under certain circumstances, and must seek approval from the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Course Coordinator for eligibility. Due to the nature of the subject content and online delivery, enrolments are generally not permitted past the published OUA enrolment date for the study period.

Please note: this subject was previously known as Lifespan Nutrition.

In this subject, students will develop an understanding of nutrition requirements and physiological changes across the lifespan: pre-conception, pregnancy & foetal development, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and ageing as well as special situations including nutrition for sport. Students will also learn about food and nutrition dietary patterns across the different life stages. Students will be able to combine prior nutritional and biosciences knowledge and skills with the new material to gain a more in-depth understanding of human nutritional needs, requirements and habits

  • Assignment 1 - 1500 word assignment (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - 3 x 45 minute quizzes (60%)
  • Assignment 3 - 500 word formative assessment (10%)

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 subject

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