OnlineStudy Period 4Study Period 4

Unit description

Explores the links between food and health, and how food can play an important role in contemporary medicine. Students will understand the nutritional composition of food. They learn about diet composition, that is, the quantities of different types of food that are consumed, and its impact on nutrition and health – both physical and mental. This unit highlights the interaction of both food composition and diet composition in the broad context of lifestyle choices for nutrition and health.

Unit content

Module 1: Introducing different types of diets

Module 2: Role of food in complementary and integrative medicine

Module 3: Contaminants in food

Module 4: Role of diet and food composition in health

Module 5: Organic food consumption and health: dietary intervention studies

Module 6: Whole-body health: Gut microbiome and nutrition

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

Study Period 4

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning N/A (N/A)
Written Analysis35%
Diet comparison55%

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Fee information


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