Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Explores the gut microbiome including the characterisation of both normal and altered microbial diversity and composition. The role of the environment, diet, pharmaceutical and herbal medicines, nutrients and lifestyle habits upon the development and treatment of dysbiosis. A critical appraisal of microbial assessment methods and naturopathic strategies for maintaining a healthy microbiome will be explored.

Unit content

Topic 1: Gastrointestinal microbiome over the lifespan

Topic 2: Effects of the gut microbiome on health

Topic 3: Characterisation, composition and inter- and intra-individual variability

Topic 4: Influences on the microbiome

Topic 5: Dysbiosis – diagnosis and interventions

Topic 6: Naturopathic approaches to the maintenance of a healthy 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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