Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will undertake a series of interactive, application focused practical exercises that apply theory of biochemistry, physiology and human nutrition within a laboratory environment. This subject is delivered as an on-campus intensive program.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorStuart James

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted into one of the following course codes: HBFN, HBFNX or HOUA and have successfully completed the following subjects: DTN201 and HBS204 and BCM202.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyEnrolment accepted until quota reached

Quota-conditions or rulesPriority will be given to students enrolled in the HBFN at La Trobe. Priority is also given to students intending to apply for postgraduate dietetics programs, and are close to completion of their degree.

Special conditionsThis subject is offered via Open Universities Australia, late enrolments are generally not permitted past the published close of application date for the study period. For students not enrolled in the prerequisite courses, you may be able to undertake these subjects with approval of your home course coordinator, please contact ASK La Trobe for assistance. Students will be required to spend 10 working days at the Bundoora Campus of La Trobe University to complete an intensive block of practical laboratory classes. Students are responsible for costs associated with travel and accommodation while completing the intensive. Students will also be responsible for purchasing a lab coat and safety glasses for practical class. This is one of the core-choice subjects in 3rd Year andspaces are limited.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorDavid L Nelson & Michael M Cox





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other description6th Edition or 7th Edition is fine

Source locationN/A

Silverthorn, Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorDee Unglaub Silverthorn





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionPrescribed textbook for the unit and is also used in HBS202 and HBS204.

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Measure and record experimental data relevant to the practical skills required for food and nutrition sciences.
02. Analyse experimental data to draw evidence-based conclusions.
03. Prepare written scientific reports consistent with industry discipline standards.
04. Demonstrate practical skills and laboratory safety for food and nutrition sciences.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, OUA study period 4, Blended


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment size15

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorStuart James

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 49 - 0
Three 2.00 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 49 to week 0 and delivered via blended.
Synchronous sessions & lectures

PracticalWeek: 49 - 0
Fourteen 3.00 hours practical per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 49 to week 0 and delivered via face-to-face.
Application of practical skills for chemistry, physiology and nutrition.

PracticalWeek: 49 - 0
Five 4.00 hours practical per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 49 to week 0 and delivered via face-to-face.
Application of practical skills for chemistry, physiology and nutrition.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online Quizzes (equivalent to 600 words)Online quiz addressing the pre-practical preparation and post practical knowledge tests

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO2, SILO4

Laboratory report (equivalent to 1500 words).
Reports based on data collected and analysed during the face-to-face intensive

N/AReportIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Laboratory Manual (2000 words).

Questions in laboratory manuals to be completed during laboratory practical sessions.

N/AOtherIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4