6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food
- Second semester 2017 (Day)
Diet and disease is an integrated study of the role of diet in the causation and treatment of chronic diseases that are endemic in westernised societies. This unit builds upon the scientific concept of disease aetiology explored in Integrated Science Systems (BND2103) and the critical interpretation of scientific literature and research skills developed in years 1 and 2. Learners will explore the epidemiology of the major nutrition related diseases, their causal pathways and population based recommendation for prevention. The rationale for the application of dietary modifications for patients with specific disease states and the means of evaluating dietary treatment is explored. Nutrition related emerging issues in disease aetiology and management are also explored and the emphasis on the important role of genetic susceptibility in nutrition science is continued.
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 extending their scientific communication skills.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Assess the role, benefits and limitations of diet, activity and lifestyle in aetiology, prevention and management of chronic diseases;
- Explore the role of genetics and nutrition (nutrigenomics) in the development of disease;
- Appraise the functional role of nutraceuticals in disease management and prevention;
- Apply epidemiology, medical and nutritional principles in the nutritional assessment and management of chronic lifestyle related diseases conditions;
- Discuss emerging trends in diet related disease risk and treatment approaches;
- Synthesise the scientific evidence using an evidence based approach.
- Scientific Essay (2,000-2,500 words) (30%)
- Development of Evidence-based Resource (A4 page - double-sided) & user-guide (750 words) (20%)
- Exam (2 hours) (50%) (hurdle)
Lectures: 3-4 hours/week, Tutorials: 1 hour/week, SDL: 10 hours/week.
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