Introduction to Human Nutrition and Food

Unit code: HPC1000 | Study level: Undergraduate
12
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Footscray Park
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Overview

Students will be introduced to foods and food groups, the nutrients they provide, and the Australian dietary recommendations for adult human health. This will include gaining an understanding of the sources, role and function of the macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrate), key micronutrients, fibre and fluid, as well as the digestion, absorption and metabolism of the macronutrients. Students will be introduced to the concepts of energy balance and the role of diet in maintaining this balance.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the evidence based Australian dietary and nutritional recommendations for adults;
  2. Describe the sources, role and function of the macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrate), key micronutrients, fibre and fluid, as well as the digestion, absorption and metabolism of the macronutrients;
  3. Describe the concept of energy balance and the role of diet in maintaining this balance;
  4. Apply appropriate academic communication skills relevant to human nutrition and food.

Assessment

For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
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Grade: 20%
Two (2) Quizzes (20 minutes each)
Assessment type: Case Study
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Grade: 40%
Case Study Part A Excel analysis (250 words equivalence); Part B Written report (500 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
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Grade: 40%
Group Presentation (10 minutes) includes oral presentation (35%) and peer assessment (5%)

Required reading

Understanding Nutrition
Whitney, E.N., Rady Rolfes, S., Crowe, T., Cameron-Smith, D., & Walsh, A. (2017)| Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, Victoria

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