Unit description

Examines the nutritional requirements and the key nutritional issues across the lifespan from pre-conception to old age. Further, the role of food and nutrition in the aetiology of chronic diseases common in advancing age is explored, along with evidence-based interventions for these conditions. Students integrate and extend their knowledge by applying and reflecting on aspects of the nutrition care process through problem-based scenarios.

Unit content

Topic 1: Foundations of evidence-based nutrition

Topic 2: Introduction to the nutrition care process

  • Overview of the steps
  • Nutrition assessment: Types of data; Diet history methods; Dietary analysis; Data integration and interpretation aligned with evidence/standards; Documentation
  • Nutrition intervention: Communicating written nutrition education information

Topic 3: Nutritional requirements and key nutritional issues during the stages of the lifespan

  • Pre-conception/fertility; Pregnancy; Lactation;
  • Infancy; Childhood; Adolescence;
  • Adults; Older adults
  • Disordered eating and eating disorders
  • Critical review of vegetarian diets in pregnancy, lactation, adolescence, childhood and infancy

Topic 4: Role of food and nutrition in the aetiology of chronic disease in adulthood, including evidence-based intervention in obesity, coronary heart disease, hypertension, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome and cancer prevention

Topic 5: Introduction to reflective practice

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

  • Mahan, LK, Escott-Stump, S & Raymond, JL, 2012, Krause's food and the nutrition care process, 13th edn, Elsevier, Australia. ISBN: 978-1-4377-2233-8.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (1 week)
(A) Case Study and (B) Reflective Practice50%
Exam: closed book50%

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