This unit introduces students to nutrition, healthy eating practices and the economic and sociocultural reasons behind people's food choices. It explores the main nutrient groups, and how diet and nutrition have a critical role in the promotion of healthy living and the prevention of chronic lifestyle-related diseases. Students investigate nutritional practices and how they affect growth, development and activity levels. While the unit looks broadly at global nutritional trends, it also emphasises current and emerging trends across Australia. The unit takes a sociological approach to understanding some of the cultural and social factors that impact people's food choices, including fad diets, body image, stereotypes and the media.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply theoretical knowledge of nutritional requirements for health and wellness;  
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the Australian Dietary Guidelines; and,  
  3. Investigate how social and economic factors affect nutrition and food choices.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online tests 20%
Assignment Dietary analysis report 40%
Presentation Sociological case study game 40%

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