NUT3006 - Food sustainability systems - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food

Chief examiner(s)

Assoc Prof Maxine Bonham


Assoc Prof Claire Palermo

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection priority for students taking Bachelor of Nutrition Science.

Not offered in 2019


Must have passed both NUT1002 and NUT2102 or all three of NUT1011 and HSC1100 and HSC1200.


Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Nutrition Science or Bachelor of Health Science.


This unit aims to explore the sustainability of the food supply and its impact on health. Students will learn about the components of the food supply system (from paddock to plate) and the factors, including economic, social, political and environmental that drive and influence the food system. Students will compare and contrast the agricultural, retail and consumption differences between an industrial and a local food system. Exposure to several programs and initiatives which aim to mitigate the environmental effects of food production and create a more sustainable food supply with support learning. The impact of environmental challenges, such as climate change, drought and salinity, and the impact of national policy decisions on the food system will be explored. Students will be exposed to the views of the food industry, economists and public health experts on food sustainability and explore their own food intake patterns and its impact on the environment.


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

  1. Explain the Australian food system and critically evaluate the influences on this system.
  2. Compare and contrast social, economic and environmental differences between an industrial and local food system.
  3. Evaluate the impact of population and individual nutrition and health messages on the food supply.
  4. Describe the impact of food waste and discuss strategies to minimise food waste in food service and household settings.
  5. Evaluate the political, economic, health and environmental drivers impacting on the international food system.
  6. Explore opportunities for beneficial social, environmental and nutritional change to the Australian food supply.


  • Eco-friendly Food Challenge (Individual Reflection) (1000 words) (15%)
  • Food System Audit (Group) - 20 minute oral presentation and 2000 word written report (35%)
  • 2 hour Exam (Individual) (50%)

Workload requirements

On-campus: 4 hours per week of interactive lectures and workshops + 8 hours self-directed learning and completion of assessment tasks.

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