Nutrition & Metabolism Advanced Concepts (NUTM3002)


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 recent advances in nutritional science and builds on the introductory concepts of nutrition and metabolism that were explored in NUTM3001. The focus will be the assessment of 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 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 in health and disease.

Further unit of study information


2 lectures, 1 tutorial and an average of 2 hours of practical classes per week.


One 3-hour exam (2-hour theory-related (50%), 1-hour prac-related (20%), practical-related tasks (e.g. laboratory report (10%), notebook (10%), and critical review of journal article (10%).


1. Gibney M., Macdonald I., Roche H. (Nutrition Society, UK). Nutrition and Metabolism 2nd Edition 2011. Blackwell Science Oxford UK. ISBN:0-632-05625-8.
Highly recommended:
2. Frayn, K. Metabolic Regulation: A Human Perspective 3rd Edition 2010. Wiley-Blackwell West Sussex UK. ISBN: 978-1-4051-8359-8.
3. Stipanuk, M. Biochemical Physiological and Molecular aspects of Human Nutrition 2nd Edition 2006. Saunders Elsevier, Missouri USA. ISBN: 978-1-4160-0209-3.

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).

Assumed knowledge: 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.