Focuses on the dynamic interplay between nutrient availability and requirement in health, at different life-stages and when health is compromised, particularly when this affects the multiple systems that control appetite, nutrient absorption, assimilation and excretion.
Topic 1: Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics and single nucleotide polymorphisms
Topic 2: The effects of diet on the physiology of the upper GIT and nutritional consequences of common pathology. Related drug-nutrient interactions.
Topic 3: Gall bladder and exocrine pancreas: control, effect and compromise.
Topic 4: Impact of dietary and lifestyle choices on liver function. Related drug-nutrient interactions.
Topic 5: The nutrition physiology of the lower GIT (ilium and colon), including the microbiota.
Topic 6: Changes in nutritional physiology and appetite control in obesity.
Topic 7: Fluid balance, acid-base and electrolyte balance. Chronic kidney disease and the effect of diet and lifestyle on morbidity and mortality.
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||summarise the role of nutrition in genetic changes, single nucleotide polymorphisms and epigenetics||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||synthesise factors engaged in the regulation of the gastrointestinal tract in health and changes due to common pathologies||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||summarise the metabolic functions of the liver and evaluate effects of dietary and lifestyle choices||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||evaluate the evidence on gastrointestinal microbiota in health and disease||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||summarise the systems involved in electrolyte, acid-base and fluid balance and relate these to chronic renal disease||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
|6||evaluate the evidence of altered nutrition physiology and appetite regulation in obesity||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
|7||develop an evidence-based independent approach to learning using information technology in knowledge communication||Intellectual rigour|
- This is the latest edition of the text. It is also available as an ebook: Nelms, M & Sucher, KP, 2015, Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology, 3rd edn, Cengage, Belmont, CA. ISBN: 9781305111967.
- This is the old edition, but will still be OK this year. It is available in the Library: 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
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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