Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Nutrition and Dietetics
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Elizabeth Barber


This unit focuses on developing students' fundamental scientific knowledge as the basis for nutrition and dietetics practice.
This unit takes a scientific approach to growth and development of the human body incorporating biochemistry, genetics and human growth and development with an emphasis on a case based learning approach to knowledge application.
Student centered teaching and learning methods will be used to support the delivery of the unit content. Students' participation as adult learners will be encouraged through the curricula with emphasis on the development of basic scientific communication skills.


  • Demonstrate sound foundation knowledge of basic sciences relevant to human nutrition and dietetics
  • Describe the chemical and biochemical aspects in biological molecules and the common reactions found in metabolic systems
  • Describe mechanisms of genetic inheritance and the mechanisms governing the flow of formation from DNA to RNA to protein
  • Describe mechanisms of gene expression and regulation, gene replication and repair and the causes and implications of genetic mutations
  • Describe the structure and function of cells and their diversification into tissues and major organ systems
  • Describe the general function of major organ systems
  • Explain the aspects of cellular metabolism in terms of energy release and dietary input
  • Briefly describe the main stages of human development and compare cellular growth, change in metabolism and nutrient requirement s across the life span
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and skill in laboratory experimentation and in the reporting and collation of experimental data


Assignments (40%)
Exams (60%)
All assessment tasks must be completed to a pass grade for students to successfully complete this unit

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

11 hours contact per week plus 13 hours self directed study
3 x 2hr lectures, 1 x 2hr tutorial and 1 x 3hr practical

Off-campus attendance requirements



BND1001 and must be enrolled in Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics or Bachelor of Nutrition Science.