Builds on the knowledge gained in human physiology, physiological pathology as well as in the nutrition units to gain a deeper understanding of human physiology as it relates to nutrient requirements, intake, assimilation and utilisation in health and disease.
Overview, revision and extension of knowledge of all physiological systems with emphasis on absorption and elimination
- The digestive process in health and disease
- The absorptive process in health and disease
- Elimination of waste products
Metabolism of nutrients
- Absorption pathways of nutrients, including across the blood-brain barrier
- Nutrient metabolism in the liver
- Fluid regulation
- Tissue pH regulation
Energy production and balance
- The adipocyte as an endocrine organ
- Hunger, appetite and satiety
- Fasting versus starvation
- Under-nutrition and anorexia
- Gene organisation, regulation, expression and damage
Impact of nutrition on physiological systems
- Over-nutrition and obesity/insulin resistance
- Drug-nutrient interactions
- Endocrine, hepato-biliary, gastrointestinal and urinary systems
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||review the physiological processes that govern digestion, absorption, assimilation and utilisation of nutrients and elimination of waste products in a healthy body and interpret them in the context of inadequate nutrient supply, common pathological conditions of the gastrointestinal tract and drug-nutrient interactions.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||discuss nutritional factors that influence the physiology of each body system and examine the utilisation, balance and/or storage of nutrients in body fluids and the liver.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||critically discuss energy production and balance, hunger and satiety regulation and the physiological changes occurring in relation to nutrient intake and utilisation in fasting starvation, anorexia and obesity.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||correlate type and quality of nutrient intake and utilisation to digestive and absorptive capacity, pH balance of body fluids (esp. blood, urine), the endocrine system and health outcomes.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||explain the effects of polymorphisms in regard to metabolic and physiologic function regarding nutrient demands, the ability to digest and absorb food and susceptibility to various diseases.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||observe, record, assess and discuss physiological and pathophysiological data using case studies.||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
- 615.854 NUTR: Nelms, M, Sucher, KP, Lacey, K & Roth, SL, 2011, Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology, 2nd edn, Wadsworth: Cengage Learning , Belmont, CA. ISBN: 9781439049624.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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