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.
This unit is quota restricted. Selection priority for students taking Bachelor of Nutrition Science.
- First semester 2019 (On-campus)
Must have passed all of, and ; or Must have passed all of , and .
Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Nutrition Science or Bachelor of Health Science.
Monitoring and evaluation are essential components of determining nutritional status both at the individual and population level. Therefore the interpretation of information from dietary, laboratory, anthropometric and clinical studies is central to the work of nutrition science students. In this unit, students will examine the methodological applications and limitations surrounding dietary assessment, body composition and biochemical tests. Students will be enabled to critically employ research skills when analysing nutrition related data by identifying appropriate methods, in terms of precision, validity and reproducibility for assessing dietary intake, body composition and nutritional status using biochemical tests. Students will be exposed to a number of anthropometric and dietary intake methods, as well as nutrition screening tools routinely used in both the clinical and research settings.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Evaluate techniques used to assess food consumption at national, household and individual levels.
- Utilise a variety of nutritional assessment methods (anthropometry, biochemistry and diet) to determine precision, reproducibility and validity.
- Evaluate nutritional status by interpreting relevant biochemical and pathology tests.
- Critically appraise the techniques used to estimate nutritional requirements of population subgroups.
- Utilise nutrition screening tools to determine nutritional status of population subgroups.
- Employ effective qualitative and quantitative research skills in analysing nutrition-related data.
- Nutrition assessment: body composition & anthropometric measures (2,000 word equivalent (30%)
- Reporting of nutrition assessment methods (3,000 word equivalent (50%) (hurdle)
- Mid-semester exam (1.5 hours) (20%)
- Nutrition Assessment: Biochemistry Summary (Formative)
On-campus: 6 hours per week of interactive lectures and workshops + 6 hours self-directed learning and completion of assessment tasks.
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