Unit description

Provides students with state-of-the-art knowledge about the development of overweight and obesity, its relationship to metabolic disorders (particularly type two diabetes), and evidence-based ways of dealing with this. The unit follows National Clinical Guidelines for Weight Control and Obesity Management as well as ways of dealing with the National guidelines at a public health level.

Unit content

Epidemiology of obesity and overweight — Functions of fat — Technology and weight gain — Anthropology of nutrition and physical activity — ‘Inflammation’ and obesity The health burden of overweight and obesity — Biological effects of obesity — The epidemic ‘cascade’ — Mechanical and metabolic problems 

Topic 1: Measurement and managing co-morbidities 
Topic 2: Assessing motivation and readiness to change
Topic 3: Energy imbalance
Topic 4: Nutrition
Topic 5: Physical activity
Topic 6: Levels of intervention
Topic 7: Devising goals and strategies
Topic 8: Treatment and prevention strategies

Learning outcomes

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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

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Session 2

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Session 3

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning (12 weeks)
Online Assessment25%


Teaching method
Structured online learning (12 weeks)
Online Assessment25%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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