In a world where nutrition advice is commonplace but not always accurate, learning the basics of good nutrition habits is vital for development and growth at all stages of the life cycle. If practiced correctly, nutrition can help prevent disease, assist in reaching health goals, influence sports performance and reach academic outcomes. This elective aims to equip students with the knowledge required to make informed food choices and gain skills in analysing their personal diet and nutrition habits. At the conclusion of the elective, each student will be a mythbuster of common diets, supplements and fads touted by the media, and be able to separate fact from fiction. Topics covered in the unit include the anatomy and physiology of digestion, the link between common diseases and nutrition practices, nutrition for sports performance, practical tips for shopping and cooking and the use of food to improve cognition.
1x2-hr lecture/wk for 12 wks, 1x1-hr tutorial/wk for 12 wks
multiple choice quizzes (4x15%) and 2000wd dietary analysis assignment (40%)
Whitney, Rolfes, Crowe, Cameron-Smith, Walsh. (2014). Understanding Nutrition: Australia and New Zealand Edition (2nd Ed.). Melbourne: Cengage.