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 good and bad 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 lifestyle and social factors that impact people's food choices, including fad diets, body image, stereotypes and the media.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
SHE1001

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 Guide to Healthy Eating;  
  3. Employ a health promotion framework to improve healthy eating;  
  4. Investigate how social and economic factors affect nutrition and food choices.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online test 10%
Test In-class test 10%
Assignment Food diary 30%
Presentation Multimedia presentation 50%

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