Introductory Nutrition and Metabolism (NUTM3001)


Nutrition is a multidisciplinary science that covers the role of food in health and disease. Advances in the fields of molecular biology and biochemistry have increased the focus of nutrition on metabolism and metabolic pathways that transform nutrients. This unit of study aims to explore core concepts of nutrition and metabolism. The focus will be the biochemical reactions that take place in cells, how these are influenced by different nutrients and what are the implications for the whole body. This unit of study will consider the structure and chemical characteristics of nutrients, their metabolism, and their roles in health and disease.

Further unit of study information


2 lectures, 1 tutorial per week. 4h laboratory class per fortnight


Laboratory report and notebook (40%); Critical Review Journal article (10%) one 3 hour exam (50%)


1. Gibney M., Lanham-New S., Cassidy A., Vorster H. (Nutrition Society, UK). Introduction to Human Nutrition, 2nd Ed, 2009. Wiley-Blackwell West Sussex UK. ISBN 978-1-4051-6807-6.
2. Gibney M., Macdonald I., Roche H. (Nutrition Society, UK). Nutrition and Metabolism, 2003. Blackwell Science Oxford UK. ISBN 0-632-05625-8.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(BCHM2072 or BCHM2972) and 6 credit points from (MBLG2071, MBLG2971, BCHM2071, BCHM2971). For BMedSc students: 6 credit points from (MBLG2071, MBLG2971, BCHM2071, BCHM2971) and 18 credit points of BMED units of study, including (BMED2401 and BMED2405) or (BMED2801, BMED2802 and BMED2804)

Intermediate level Physiology

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.