FOOD SC 1001WT - Nutrition I

Waite Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

This course provides an overview of fundamental knowledge in food and nutrition. Students will learn about dietary guidelines and healthy eating; nutrient reference values; food composition including the six classes of nutrients and non-nutrient components of food; the major roles and functions of the principal nutrients and the metabolism of these nutrients in the human body; nutritional characteristics of the Five Food Groups; functional foods; concepts of energy balance; nutrient calculations; energy density of foods; assessment of diet quality and the impact of diet on nutritional status and health. Students will be introduced to the principles of nutrition research and the translation of nutrition research into nutrient recommendations, dietary guidelines and recommended daily food patterns. Students will also learn about report writing and how to evaluate and synthesize scientific literature and communicating in the context of nutrition. Students will develop a sound knowledge of food composition, an understanding of the fundamental concepts of nutrition and the links between food, nutrition and health. Students will apply knowledge gained during the course to estimate energy requirements and assess diet quality of individuals.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code FOOD SC 1001WT
    Course Nutrition I
    Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Waite Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Online test, written assignment, practical report, diet diary, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jo Zhou

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Understanding the fundamental concepts in food and nutrition.
    2 Understand the roles and functions of principal nutrients and the processes involved in their digestion, absorption and metabolism.
    3 Understand the relationship between diet, lifestyle and health.
    4 Apply the knowledge of Dietary Guidelines, Nutrient Reference Values and nutrient content of primary food sources to estimate energy requirements, assess dietary quality and plan a healthy diet.
    5 Evaluate and synthesise scientific literature, and communicate effectively in the context of food and nutrition.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    3, 5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    2, 4-5

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

    3, 4

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    2, 3, 5

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Access to the on-line resource:

    Access to the on-line report writing resource Turnitin.

    Recommended Resources

    Highly Recommended Textbook

    • E Whitney, SR Rolfes, Crowe T, Cameron-Smith D, Walsh A Understanding Nutrition: Australian and New Zealand Edition, 2nd Ed.: Australia: Cengage Learning Australia, 2014
    Copies of this text book can be found in both the Barr Smith and Waite Libraries. This text can be purchased from the UniBook Shop at the North Terrace Campus.

    Recommended Readings

    • J Germov& Williams (eds) A Sociology of Food and Nutrition: The social appetite. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press, 1999.
    • One Continuous Picnic: A history of eating in Australia. Australia: Penguin, 1982
    Important sources for original research and review articles
    • American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
    • Artherosclerosis
    • British Medical Journal
    • British Journal of Nutrition
    • Journal of Nutrition
    • Circulation
    • European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
    • Journal of the American Dietetic Association
    • Lancet
    • New England Journal of Medicine
    • Nutrition & Dietetics
    Additional references and reading material will be distributed during lectures and tutorials.
    Online Learning
    MyUni: Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Lectures are used to deliver content relevant to the specified course objectives. 

    Workshops take the form of class discussions, demonstrations and problems-solving activities. The workshops aim to:

    • Extend and support the material covered in the lectures.
    • Apply the knowledge to address real life issues related to food, nutrition and health.
    • Discuss and provide support to complete the assessment tasks. 


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).

    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture Topics Include:
    • What is in food 
    • Nutrient Reference Values & Healthy Eating Guidelines 
    • Functions of principal nutrients and functional foods 
    • Introduction to nutrition research 
    Practicals include: 
    • Five food groups and diet quality 
    • Macronutrients 
    • Micronutrients 
    Tutorials include:
    • Report writing, avoiding plagiarism and using Turnitin to improve writing 
    • Assessments, feedback and exam revision 
    • Group activities on What's in Food, micro- & macro-nutrients, nutrient calculation and food labelling.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment taskType of assessmentPercentage for grading purposesHurdle (Yes/No)Outcome being assessed
    Online Test  Summative & Formative 20%
    Assessment of diet quality Summative & Formative 25% No 1-5
    Nutrition Project  Summative & Formative 35% No 3-5
    Workshops participation and discussion Summative & Formative 20% No 1-5
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Minimum requirements for passing Nutrition I

    To pass, students must gain an overall mark of at least 50%. Students are required to submit each assessment task.

    Failure to meet the above minimum requirements for the course may result in a student failing the course or being offered an additional assessment task(s).

    Assessment Detail

    ONLINE TESTS (20%)

    The online tests examining students’ knowledge and understanding of fundamental concepts in food and nutrition covered in the lectures and tutorials. The tests will consist of a mixture of multiple choice, matching, True/False and short answer questions and will take approximately 30 –60 minutes to complete.


    Students will be required to keep a record of their dietary intake for three days. Students will be required to complete this part outside of the practical session. Students will be required to assess the nutritional quality of their diet based on the Healthy Eating Guidelines. Students will be required to complete a report on their assessment of the diet and to suggest appropriate modifications to the diet that will lead to improve long term health.  This assessment examines student’s ability to analyse and interpret data, their understanding of the knowledge covered in lectures as well as their ability to apply the knowledge in practice. 

    Nutrition Project (35%)

    As a nutrition consultant for a health magazine, students will be required to prepare a summary report on a topical issue in food and nutrition for both the consumers and health professionals. This assessment examines students’ knowledge of nutrition, their ability to evaluate and synthesize nutrition information and their skills in effective communication.

    Workshop discusison and participation (20%)

    There are 10 workshops through the course. Students are required to participate in discussion in each workshop (2% each). 


    Online Test
    This task must be submitted online via the course website on MyUni.  

    Group Tasks
    This must be submitted in hard copy form to the demonstrator at the end of the each practical session.

    Written Assignment
    This must be submitted to TURNITIN via the course website.

    Practical Report
    This must be submitted online via the course website on MyUni.

    Assessment Cover-Sheet

    An assessment cover-sheet must be completed and signed with all hard copies of assignments that are submitted. Assignments will not be accepted without a completed assessment cover sheet.

    The assessment cover sheet is available electronically on MyUni.

    Student Feedback on Assignments/work

    Feedback on assignments/work will be within four weeks of the due date.

    Feedback for each assessment task will be provided in the form of a completed assessment rubric – with the exception of the exam.

    Late submission of assessments

    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment. 

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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