Provides students with knowledge of the biochemical roles of general classes of nutrients, emphasizing the significance of essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals in human metabolism. An introduction to the clinical application of micronutrients will also be incorporated. The unit also covers the critical assessment of scientific information.
- Assessing medical literature and published clinical trials
- Carbohydrate metabolism
- The role of dietary fibre
- Pre- and probiotics
- Pre- and probiotic supplementation
- Fatty acid metabolism
- Essential fatty acid requirements
- Essential fatty acid supplementation
- Nitrogen metabolism
- Amino acid requirements
- Amino acid supplementation
Micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and special bioactive nutrients)
- Metabolism and function of micronutrients
- Therapeutics, source and dose
- Drug-nutrient interactions
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||define the term 'nutrient' in terms of foodstuffs and in the broader context of human metabolism||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||discuss the influence of selected nutrients on key biochemical pathways in the human body in health and disease||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||identify the integrated role of dietary carbohydrate, pre- and probiotics, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids and micronutrients in maintaining human health||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||evaluate the therapeutic role (including actions, interactions, contraindications, cautions and toxicity) of key micronutrients in maintaining and regaining health||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||retrieve scientific information relating to clinical trials and diagnostic testing||Lifelong learning|
|6||apply and interpret analytical methods appropriate to the analysis of selected nutrients in food.||Intellectual rigour|
- Gropper, SS & Smith, JL, 2013, Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism, 6th edn, Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, USA.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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