Explores nutritional science in a disease based context, including how the disease process influences nutritional status. Conditions in selected body systems (e.g. immune, endocrine, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal), neoplastic disease and mental health are reviewed, along with evidence-based nutrition interventions. Students are also introduced to the fundamentals of nutrition education and counselling to promote behavioural change in individuals.
Nutrition care process
- Review of the nutrition care process
- Nutritional assessment: Nutritional status; Biochemical assessment; Data integration and interpretation aligned with evidence/standards
- Nutrition diagnosis: Identification of nutritional problem(s) and contributing factors
- Nutrition intervention: Nutrition education and counselling to promote behavioural change
Exploration of nutritional science from a disease-based context
Selected body systems and/or conditions/states
- Immune: Inflammation, infection, food allergy vs. food intolerance
- Endocrine: Thyroid, prostate, PCOS, menopause, other
- Musculoskeletal: Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout
- Gastrointestinal: Diseases of the upper and lower GI tract
- Neoplastic disease
- Mental health
- Interaction of diet/nutrients, lifestyle and the environment in disease aetiology for noted conditions
- Influence(s) of the noted conditions on nutritional status (e.g. nutrient intake, assimilation, requirements and losses)
- Evidence-based nutrition interventions for the conditions studied
- Case studies in Tutorial on-site
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||Explain the principles of and demonstrate fundamental skills in the application of nutrition education and counselling strategies to effect behavioural change.||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||Discuss and evaluate the factors which influence nutritional status and to relate these to the diseases/conditions studied in this unit.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||Critically discuss the nutritional science that explains the relationship between diet/nutrients, lifestyle and the environment in the aetiology of the diseases/conditions discussed in this unit.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Translate evidence-based nutrition knowledge into intervention strategies for specific diseases and condition discuss in this unit.||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||Demonstrate knowledge of and skills in the application of elements of the nutrition care process when presented with a problem-based case.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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