NUT3008 - Biochemistry, genetics and molecular nutrition - 2018

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.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Maxine Bonham


Dr Chiara Murgia

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis.

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


NUT2103, and NUT2002 or equivalent


BMS1062 and BMS2021




The aim of this unit is to enable students to explore the molecular mechanisms by which nutrients and other food components affect metabolism and cell function.

The unit focuses on the biochemical role of essential nutrients in metabolism, their role in the aetiology of major chronic diseases with postulated nutritional involvement in disease mechanisms.

This unit will reinforce the concepts of nutritional genomics and epigenetics by presenting relevant examples from recent scientific literature and provide students with the competence to interrogate on-line gene databases to answer real life questions.

Special attention will be placed on translating this knowledge into practice and on its limitations.


Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:

  1. Explain the biochemical roles of the essential nutrients in metabolism
  2. Explain the role of nutrients and other food components in the modulation of gene expression on a global scale (Nutrigenomics and Epigenetics)
  3. Evauate the interaction between food components and genetic factors that influence biochemical pathways and health and susceptibility to disease (Nutrigenetics and Epigenetics).
  4. Illustrate how genomics-aided developments can improve the nutritional quality of foods
  5. Integrate and generate biochemical and nutritional science knowledge in professional context such as personalised nutrition


  • Practical class worksheet (30%)
  • Wiki page (10%)
  • Mid-semester exam (1.5 hours) (20%)
  • Final examination (2 hours) (40%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

2 hours face-to-face/online/week

2 hours computer workshops/week

2 hours teacher - directed learning/week

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