This Open Learning Environment unit of study is designed to provide its students with a basic understanding of factors that affect weight regulation in humans. Weight regulation is an area of growing interest of significance and urgency, as over and undernutrition remain serious public health concerns. The unit will cover basic physiology involved in body weight regulation and will explore basic key factors that can override these physiological mechanisms, including eating behaviour psychology, genetic influences and impact of the environment. These factors will be discussed with reference weight dysregulation (obesity and eating disorders). This unit of study has been developed by academics in the University¿s Charles Perkins Centre, an interdisciplinary education and research hub where researchers produce novel solutions to chronic disease.
The online self-directed learning component of this course will require up to 9 hours to complete. Each of the 5 online modules includes 1 hr of online content, while additional online resources including videos and further reading will require 4 hours in total.
Assessment for this unit will require approximately 2 hours to complete. Students will complete a total of five multiple-choice tutorial quizzes that will assess their knowledge of each modules¿ content. Quizzes will be marked online automatically and will provide students with instantaneous feedback
There is no dedicated textbook for this unit. The unit is hosted through the University's Learning Management System (LMS) where all the resources are available, including videos, links to published papers, summaries and factsheets, and podcasts.