18 points, SCA Band 2, 0.375 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food
- Second semester 2017 (Day)
This unit will focus on developing students' fundamental scientific knowledge in the areas of biochemistry, physiology, anatomy and immunology as the basis for nutrition and dietetics practice. The areas of pharmacology and genetics will be included as the role of nutrition in these sciences is increasingly emphasised. The key theme explored in this unit is Theme 3: Nutrition Fundamentals of Health and Disease coupled with partial integration of content and application from Theme 1: Personal Development and Professional Practice and Theme 4: Food from Science to systems. This unit will take a scientific approach to understanding the anatomy and physiology of the human body in growth and development and the impact of dietary input on cellular and metabolic processes whilst recognising the neuroendocrine control of nutrients within the body and the role of essential micronutrients in immune function. Teaching will focus on a case based learning approach to knowledge application.
Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Explain the key structures and functions of the gastrointestinal system, and interpret the effects of nutrition, health or disease on its function;
- Explain the key structures and functions of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and interpret the effects of nutrition, health or disease on its function;
- Explain the key structures and functions of the innate and adaptive immune systems, and interpret the effects of nutrition, health or disease on its function;
- Explain the key structures and functions of the musculoskeletal system, and interpret the effects of nutrition, health or disease on its function;
- Explain the key physiological and biochemical systems and processes, and their interactions within the whole body approach.
- Describe the organisation and function of the central and peripheral and nervous systems, and explain neuroendocrine control of the body.
- Explain the role of innate and acquired immunity in health and disease.
- Evaluate the role of food components (nutrients and non-nutrients) in physiological and biochemical systems and processes as it relates to health and disease.
- Describe the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of common drugs, and their interaction with nutrients.
- Critically appraise the integration of physiological and biochemical systems and processes within significant nutrition issues relating to health and disease.
- Apply scientific knowledge of the integration of body systems to nutrition related scenarios.
- Interpret data and demonstrate skills in the reporting of laboratory experiments and scientific communication.
- Communicate complex scientific concepts.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in anthropometrical techniques and apply knowledge to determining nutrition status within health and disease.
- Case study '2 men with the same BMI'. Discussed in week one of semester.
Summative tasks (total of 60%):
- 5 x Practical reports (500 words each) (20%)
- Case study (group presentation) and wiki resource (1,000 words) (10%)
- Critical appraisal essay (3,000 words) (10%)
- 2 x Mid semester exams (2 hours each) (20%)
Hurdle assessment (total of 40%):
- 2 x End of semester exams (3 hours each) (40%) (hurdle)
6 x 2 hours per week lectures/tutorials on campus.
1 x 3 hours practical on campus.
21 hours self study and assessment related work.
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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study
Must be enrolled in course M2001