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Unit description

Learners explore the human microbiome, the characterisation of normal and altered microbial composition and diversity in various body regions, and the relationship between the microbiome and human health. The role of the environment, diet, herbs, nutrients, probiotics, pharmaceuticals, and lifestyle habits in developing or treating dysbiosis are also examined. Learners critically evaluate different microbial assessment methods and integrative strategies for maintaining a healthy microbiome.                                                                                          

Unit content

  1. The human microbiome
  2. Influences on the human microbiome
  3. Assessment of the gut microbiome
  4. Gut microbiome and gastrointestinal health
  5. Gut microbiome and general health
  6. Integrative approaches to the maintenance of a healthy gut microbiome

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1discuss human microbiome, factors that influence human microbiome and its impact on human health
2evaluate benefits and limitations of current clinically-relevant approaches to measuring the gut microbiome
3analyse the relationship between the gut microbiome and human health
4critically examine integrative approaches to managing dysbiosis and maintaining a healthy gut microbiome

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss human microbiome, factors that influence human microbiome and its impact on human health
  2. evaluate benefits and limitations of current clinically-relevant approaches to measuring the gut microbiome
  3. analyse the relationship between the gut microbiome and human health
  4. critically examine integrative approaches to managing dysbiosis and maintaining a healthy gut microbiome

Prescribed Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts
  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed Resources/Equipment
  • Readings and resources are provided for each module in this unit. See MySCU for details.

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Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Project 150 hours (Across the Term)
Assessment
Discussion board15%
Short report25%
Case study60%
Notice

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Fee information

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