This unit will cover the aetiology and prevention of non-communicable diseases affecting the health of populations in developed nations. During this unit, students will have the opportunity to learn about human nutrition and its relationship to health and disease, particularly metabolic syndrome. The topics include, but are not limited to: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and mental health. Students will be able to summarise the key issues and role of nutrition in the prevention of non-communicable diseases.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HHN2402

Prerequisites

HHN2001 - Family Health and Nutrition Through the Lifespan

HBM2103 - Digestion, Nutrition and Metabolism

HHN2001 OR HBM2103

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Relate the risk factors, prevalence and consequences of chronic diseases to individuals and the wider community;  
  2. Interpret, translate and critically review diet, health and lifestyle factors that may assist in preventing chronic diseases; and  
  3. Interrogate selected nutritional problems from the perspective of both the individual and the wider community.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test 2 MCQ Tests (session 3, 30mins, 10%; session 11, 60mins, 20%) 30%
Case Study Case study on selected topic (1000 words) 35%
Presentation Group Presentation and defence of a scientific poster (10 minutes; 20%) with individual 300-word abstract (15%). 35%

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