Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will develop an understanding of nutrition requirements and physiological changes across the lifespan: pre-conception, pregnancy & foetal development, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and ageing as well as special situations including nutrition for sport. Students will also learn about food and nutrition dietary patterns across the different life stages. Students will be able to combine prior nutritional and biosciences knowledge and skills with the new material to gain a more indepth understanding of human nutritional needs, requirements and habits.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEmma Stirling

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in one of: HBFN, HBFNX, HOUA. Students must have passed both DTN201 and DTN301 or equivalent.


Incompatible subjects DTN4LPN

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is offered via Open Universities Australia. La Trobe University students who wish to undertake this subject as part of a cross institutional enrolment, may do so with subject coordinator approval.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse and compare & contrast the physiological differences/changes occurring during different stages of the life span.

Lectures and workshops.

02. Analyse and compare & contrast the nutritional requirements of pregnant & lactating women, infants, children, adolescents, adults & older persons.

Lectures and workshops.

03. Analyse and compare & contrast the nutritional issues and habits of particular relevance and particular risk behaviours of each age group.

Lectures and workshops.

04. Synthesize knowledge of physiology, nutritional requirements & issues and behaviours across the lifespan and apply this knowledge to individuals.

Lectures and workshops.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2017, OUA Study Period 3, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmma Stirling

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 36 - 48
Twelve 2.0 hours lecture per study period on weekends during the day from week 36 to week 48 and delivered via online.

WorkShop Week: 36 - 48
Twelve 2.0 hours workshop per study period on weekends during the day from week 36 to week 48 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1500-word assignment30 01, 02, 03, 04
three 45-minute quizzes60 01, 02, 03, 04
one 500-word formative assessment10 02, 04