NUT1103 - Human biology for nutrition - 2019

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 Ricardo Costa

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)




Must be enrolled in course M2001


This unit takes a scientific approach to growth and development of the human body with an emphasis on a case based learning approach to knowledge application. Specifically this unit covers basic anatomy and physiology of the human body and goes on to explore the functions of individual cell types and their role in diversification into tissues and major organs.

The major organ systems under examination include the nervous, muscular, skeletal, respiratory, biliary and renal system. Special attention will be directed to those systems where nutrition has a significant impact including cardiovascular, biliary and immune system. Student centred teaching and learning methods will be used to support the delivery of the unit content.

Practical and analytical skills will be developed through a series of laboratory classes


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

  1. Describe the structure and function of cells and their diversification into tissues and major organ systems.
  2. Explain the human anatomical and physiological functions of major organ systems and their relationship with nutrition science
  3. Discuss the process of homeostasis, whereby physiological systems are regulated to maintain a relatively constant internal environment for maintenance of health
  4. Explain the physiology of body systems
  5. Perform laboratory techniques integral to the study of nutrition science and analyse and interpret results in consultation with research literature.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

  • 4 x Practical laboratory reports (500 words each) (30%)
  • Group case study presentation (20 minutes) (20%)
  • Final examination (2 hours) (50%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

3 x 1 hour lectures

1 x 1 hour weekly tutorial

1 x 3 hour practical on 4 occasions over the 12 week semester

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