Introductory Nutrition and Metabolism (NUTM3001)


Nutrition is a multidisciplinary science that covers the role of food in health and disease. Advances in biomolecular science have increased the focus of nutrition on the metabolic pathways that transform nutrients. This unit of study aims to explore fundamentals in nutritional science to develop an understanding of the core concepts in human nutrition through exploring the role of macro- and micro-nutrients and their interaction across the lifespan, mostly in the healthy individual. 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. This unit of study will explore how animal models, cell culture techniques and human trials have contributed to advancing nutritional science. Examples from current research will be used to illustrate how nutrients are metabolised, mostly in health, and the expanding scope of research in human nutrition.

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2 lectures, 1 tutorial per week. 4-5hour laboratory/presentation class most weeks


In semester reports, presentations and quizzes (50%) one 2 hour exam (50%)


Essentials of Human Nutrition 4th Edition, 2012. Edited by Jim Mann and A. Stewart Truswell. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199566341*

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

[(BCHM2072 or BCHM2972) and (MBLG2071 or MBLG2971 or BCHM2071 or BCHM2971)] OR [(MBLG2071 or MBLG2971 or BCHM2071 or BCHM2971) and (BMED2401 and BMED2405 and 6 additional credit points of BMED240X)]

Intermediate level Physiology

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