This unit explores the recommended dietary intakes throughout the stages of the lifespan for maintenance of health for individuals and families, for example in pre-conception, pregnancy, lactation, infancy, toddler years, childhood, adolescence and aging. Through problem-based learning and case studies exercises, students will examine nutritional issues related to conception, growth and development through to aging. Such nutrition-related issues range from developmental challenges through to social, behavioural and environmental influences on food behaviours. Upon completion of this unit, students will have the skills and knowledge to be able to understand the common nutrition challenges at different stages of life.

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HPC1000 - Introduction to Human Nutrition and Food

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate the evidence base associated with the Australian Guide for Healthy Eating and the practical application of this across the lifespan;  
  2. Apply the dietary requirements for the maintenance of growth, development and health across each stage of the lifespan;  
  3. Elaborate on how the physical, biological, social, behavioural and environmental factors change the dietary requirements across the lifespan; and  
  4. Critically review and evaluate the literature on health across the lifespan, and justify their selection of scientific evidence to support nutrition solutions  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Critical review. Peer-reviewed journal article (600 words) 15%
Poster Poster (for public audience) 40%
Case Study 2-Part Team case study Group report (30%, 1000 words per student) and Oral presentation (15%) for professional audience 45%

Required reading

There are no required texts for this unit, however if students wish to purchase a text, the following is recommended for nutrition students.

Understanding Nutrition (Australian Edition) 3rd ed.
Whitney E, Rolfes, S.R., Crowe, T., Cameron-Smith, D., Walsh, A. (2017)
Australia: Cengage.

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