Nutrition and Metabolism Advanced Concepts

Course Information

These course outlines are a guide only. They are provided for the information of prospective students. Although every effort is made to ensure the most up to date information is provided, timetables often change each semester due to the availability of rooms and resources. Content (including lecture/practical topics, assessment and textbooks) is also regularly reviewed to ensure relevance and effective learning.

Unit of Study Overview

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.

Course Coordinator Contact Details

Dr Kim Bell-Anderson




MBLG1001 or MBGL1901, MBLG2071 or MBLG2971, BCHM2072 or BCHM2972. For BMedSci students: 18CP of intermediate UoS including BMED2405 and MBLG2071 or MBLG2971.

Assumed Knowledge: Intermediate level biochemistry/molecular biology and physiology.

Students are strongly advised to complete NUTM3001 before enrolling in NUTM3002 in Semester 2.


Lectures: 1-2pm Mondays, 9-10am Thursdays

Tutorials: 1-2pm Wednesdays

Practical Classes: See student timetable


1. Nutrition and Metabolism 2nd Edition 2011. Edited on behalf of The Nutrition Society (UK) by Michael Gibney, Ian Macdonald and Helen Roche. Blackwell Science Oxford UK. ISBN:0-632-05625-8.

Highly recommended:
2. Metabolic Regulation: A Human Perspective 3rd Edition 2010. Keith Frayn. Wiley-Blackwell West Sussex UK. ISBN:978-1-4051-8359-8.

3. Biochemical Physiological and Molecular Aspects of Human Nutrition 2nd Edition 2006. Martha H. Stipanuk. Saunders Elsevier, Missouri USA. ISBN:978-1-4160-0209-3.


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