Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will develop an understanding of the major food sources, metabolism and storage of the major food molecules carbohydrate, protein and fat (the macronutrients), alcohol, vitamins and minerals (the micronutrients), and water, and be aware of the consequences of over and under-nutrition. Students will also develop an understanding of the principles of energy balance. Students will be introduced to techniques for measuring and evaluating nutrient adequacy of diets of individuals and populations, including the use of nutrient databases, nutrient reference standards and food guides. Students will also be introduced to simple techniques for measuring body composition of adults.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRegina Belski

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites HBS1HBA and HBS1HBB or one of (CHE1GEN, CHE1BAS, CHE1CHF, CHE1APL or require Coordinator's Approval). Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: HZHSDP - Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Dietetic Practice, HBHN - Bachelor of Human Nutrition, SBNS - Bachelor of Human Nutrition or require Coordinator's Approval.


Incompatible subjects AGR2PNU

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsUnderstanding nutrition: Australian and New Zealand editionPrescribedWhitney, E, Rolfes, S R, Crowe, T, Cameron-Smith, D & Walsh, A 20111ST EDN, CENGAGE LEARNING AUSTRALIA, MELBOURNE.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size100

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRegina Belski

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 11 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
one 2,000-word individual assignment30
one 2-hour examination50
one 30-minute intra-semester test20