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Unit description

Provides an introduction to the food and nutritional sciences. The unit examines the role of key nutrients and the connections between diet and physical activity in health. Further, it explores aspects of food composition, food processing, food as a medicine, and consumer concerns about food. The study of nutrition in pregnancy and lactation is also an option. Lastly, it introduces students to inter-professional practice.  

Unit content

All students complete Topics 1–12, plus either Topic 13 or 14, depending on their course of study. See study options below the list of Topics.

Topics:

  1. An overview of nutrition, diet and health, and food as medicine
  2. Planning a healthy diet
  3. Dietary carbohydrates: sugars, starches and dietary fibre
  4. Dietary lipids: fatty acids, triglycerides, phospholipids and sterols
  5. Dietary protein
  6. Energy balance and body composition
  7. Fitness and diet for physically active people
  8. Weight management: overweight, obesity and underweight
  9. Plant foods, animal food/fish/seafood
  10. Key nutrients of concern in public health nutrition
  11. Consumer concerns about food: food safety
  12. Fundamentals of inter-professional practice
  13. Consumer concerns about food: introduction to sustainable food practices
  14. Life cycle nutrition: pregnancy and lactation

Select either Topic 13 or 14, depending on your course of study.

  • Bachelor of Midwifery: Complete Topic 14
  • Other degree programs: Complete either Topic 13 or 14

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1explain the relationship between food/nutrients and their biological function in the body
2explain the relationship between physical activity, energy balance, body composition and body weight to health
3describe the predominant nutrients/constituents in each of the major food groups and the methods and impacts of food processing
4discuss and apply the Australian nutrition standards of reference, and healthy eating and physical fitness guidelines to the nutritional and physical activity requirements of healthy adults
5discuss food related consumer concerns and the safety and sustainability of the food supply
6identify opportunities to enhance the care of clients/patients through the involvement of other health professionals

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the relationship between food/nutrients and their biological function in the body
  2. explain the relationship between physical activity, energy balance, body composition and body weight to health
  3. describe the predominant nutrients/constituents in each of the major food groups and the methods and impacts of food processing
  4. discuss and apply the Australian nutrition standards of reference, and healthy eating and physical fitness guidelines to the nutritional and physical activity requirements of healthy adults
  5. discuss food related consumer concerns and the safety and sustainability of the food supply
  6. identify opportunities to enhance the care of clients/patients through the involvement of other health professionals

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the teaching period.

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