Nutrition, Society and Communication

Unit code: RBM1820 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Nicholson


Students will be introduced to food and nutrition, its relationship with society, and a variety of food and nutrition professions. Consideration will be given to food handling various dietary practices, the effect of cultural, religious and socioeconomic influences on food choice and dietary habits and the food supply chain from paddock to plate. The role of media, communication and ethics relating to food and nutrition will be explored, along with nutrition health campaigns and the potential impact on food and nutrition in society. This unit will also introduce communication and academic skills relevant to food and nutrition professionals.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the key elements of the food supply chain from food source to plate, including principles of food safety;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of global food supply, sustainability and ethical considerations relating to food and nutrition in society;
  3. Discuss various dietary practices and determinants of food choice and the role and potential impact of media and health campaigns on food and nutrition in society;
  4. Apply appropriate academic written and presentation skills relevant to food and nutrition.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Two (2) Quizzes (20 minutes each)
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 35%
Individual topic summary of presentation (750 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 35%
Individual Oral Presentation (5 minutes)
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 10%
Food Safety Certificate of Completion

Required reading

Links to relevant documents and resources will be available on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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