Unit description

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.

Unit content

  1. Assessing medical literature and published clinical trials
  2. Carbohydrates
    • Carbohydrate metabolism
    • The role of dietary fibre
    • Pre- and probiotics
    • Pre- and probiotic supplementation
  3. Lipids
    • Fatty acid metabolism
    • Essential fatty acid requirements
    • Essential fatty acid supplementation
  4. Proteins
    • Nitrogen metabolism
    • Amino acid requirements
    • Amino acid supplementation
  5. Micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and special bioactive nutrients)
    • Metabolism and function of micronutrients
    • Therapeutics, source and dose
    • Drug-nutrient interactions
    • Supplementation

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

  • Gropper, SS & Smith, JL, 2013, Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism, 6th edn, Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, USA.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Workshop on-site 1.5 hours (2 weeks)
Laboratory session 3 hours (4 weeks)
Exam: closed book40%
Information retrieval exercise10%

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


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