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BIO2810 Nutrition and Health

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Polly Burey


This course focusses on the nutritional aspects of food along with the role of nutrition in diseases development and the role of functional foods in treatment and prevention of diseases.

This course examines the foods that are essential for the body to survive and grow from foetal life to old age. These essential components include both macronutrients such as carbohydrates, fats and proteins and micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. In addition, this course will examine the concept of functional foods, that is how foods can be used to prevent or reverse disease, in addition to providing nutrition.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge of the role of food components in nutrition;
  2. Apply expertise in the role of nutrition in homeostasis;
  3. Analyse the relationship between nutrition and disease development;
  4. Illustrate the importance of functional foods and nutraceuticals in treatment and prevention of diseases.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Nutritional needs and important components of a healthy body 10.00
2. Biomolecules - digestion, absorption and storage in the body 20.00
3. Physiological importance of biomolecules 20.00
4. Nutrition related disorders 30.00
5. Functional foods and nutraceuticals 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Whitney, E. and Rolfes, S. R 2019, Understanding nutrition, 4th edn, Cengage Learning, Australia.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Problem Solving No 20 1,2
Assignments Written Quiz No 20 1,2,3
Assignments Written Research (paper) No 20 3
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 40 1,2,3,4
Date printed 30 June 2022