6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
Must have passed, , and
Must be enrolled in course code M2001
This unit aims to provide an in depth understanding of the metabolism of macro and micronutrients and of the role of nutrition in influencing cell growth, cancer development, blood formation and gene function.
Emphasis will be on clinical relevance, the integration of biochemical pathways and how this is modulated by dietary change, and on techniques used to assess both normal dietary requirements and nutrient deficiencies.
Students will be introduced to biochemical mechanisms of energy expenditure and storage, including metabolic adaptation to periods of fasting or food intake.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- Describe the combined role of macronutrients and micronutrients in maintaining health and the prevention of disease.
- Explain carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism in the context of the fed and fasting state, hyperglycaemia and alcohol consumption.
- Critique the role of micronutrients in the maintenance of blood health, bone health, as an antioxidant and in excitable nerve cells.
- Describe the nutritional influences on cell growth, differentiation, programmed cell death and the development of the cancerous cell.
- Demonstrate problem based learning skills and the ability to communicate and apply scientific knowledge in relation to nutrition-related scenarios.
- Apply the main biochemical, clinical and physical measures for assessing and interpreting the signs and symptoms of nutrient inadequacy and/or deficiency.
- 3 x Laboratory practicals (500 words each) (20%)
- Group case study presentation (20 mins) and wiki resource (2,000 words) (30%)
- Final examination (2 hours) (50%) (hurdle)
2 x 1 hour lectures
2 x 1 hour tutorial every week,
1 x 3 hour practical on 2 occasions
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