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 Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Aimee Dordevic


The unit will introduce food and nutrition science particularly the chemistry and nutritional importance of food components in their raw and cooked state and their relevance to the nutrition of healthy individuals. It will review cooking skills and food knowledge required for purchase and preparation of healthy inexpensive meals in a kitchen. Methods for the collection and nutritional analysis of food intake data will be examined. Teaching will be based on interactive lectures with explicit learning objectives. These will be supplemented by tutorials and contextualised case-based learning to support student learning and by kitchen practical sessions for the acquisition of basic skills in food selection, preparation, storage and cooking.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the chemistry and nutritional importance of macronutrients and micronutrients in food and identify rich food sources of particular nutrients.
  2. Effectively communicate information about specific foods and/or nutrients and their importance in the health of individuals.
  3. Evaluate the importance of food knowledge and cooking skills in relation to a healthy diet and discuss the importance of food cost and the role of pre-prepared ingredients.
  4. Discuss the optimal organisation of a domestic kitchen, and describe the principles of safe food handling for individuals.
  5. Compare and contrast common methods of food preparation, processing, storage and cooking, and discuss the chemical and nutrient changes that can occur due to these methods.
  6. Design meal plans and food budgeting for healthy individuals from a range of cultural groups.
  7. Evaluate different methods for the collection of food intake data from individuals and a range of basic anthropometric indicators used for assessing individual nutritional status.
  8. Read and analyse food labels and identify the information required on a nutrition information panel in Australia.
  9. Describe common additives found in foods and investigate how their presence is recorded by food labelling.
  10. Compare and contrast Australian and International food composition data including the varying methods used to analyse nutrient content of foods and apply these data to calculate the nutrient intake of healthy individuals.


Assignments (50%)
Final exam (50%) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



BND1002 and must be enrolled in courses 3404, 4530 or 3956.