OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

A range of factors that influence the availability and selection of food are compared and contrasted. Global and Australian societal contexts are analysed. Basic nutrition principles are selected and applied to maximise dietary food solutions for specific purposes. The role of the individual, community, industry, government and private agencies in promoting health are discussed.

Unit content

Topic 1: Cultural, anthropological, social and economic significance of food
Topic 2: Nutrients and non-nutrients and the role of digestion, absorption and metabolism of food
Topic 3: Diet related disorders
Topic 4: Life cycle dietary requirements
Topic 5: Planning food solutions for specific purposes
Topic 6: The role of the individual, community groups, food industry, government organisations and private agencies in the promotion of health
Topic 7: Food security, sustainability and availability
Topic 8: Food equity
Topic 9: Australian native foods
Topic 10: Contemporary food issues and trends

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 2

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Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (8 weeks)
Portfolio 40%
Portfolio 60%

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