FOOD SC 3502WT - Nutrition III

Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

To critically evaluate scientific evidence and examine the relationship between dietary modelling, nutrition research, evidence-based dietary recommendations, and the translation of these into public health nutrition policies aimed at improving the health of a population or subgroup within a population. Students will apply the knowledge and skills gained during the course to undertake a systematic review and a case study on food fortification, and to apply dietary modelling to design and manipulate dietary patterns to meet the current dietary recommendations.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code FOOD SC 3502WT
    Course Nutrition III
    Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Waite Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge FOOD SC 2510WT
    Assessment Online tests, Practical Report(s), Written Assignment, Group Presentation
    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 Demonstrate the use of dietary modelling in nutrition research to inform public health nutrition interventions.
    2 Explain the relationship between nutrition research and evidence-based dietary recommendations and public health nutrition policies.
    3 Critically review scientific literature in food and nutrition.
    4 Explain the process of systematic reviews and apply the knowledge to conduct systematic reviews on food, nutrition and health related topics.
    5 Apply dietary modelling to design and manipulate dietary food patterns, translating these into healthy meal plans.

    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.


    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.


    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 7: Digital capabilities

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

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    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
    1. Access to the Dietary Analysis Software, FoodWorks.
    FoodWorks is available on the computer terminals in the Charles Hawker 129 Computer Suite 1 & 2, Waite.

    2. Access to the on-line resource:
    NHMRC, Australian Government. Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand
    Including Recommended Dietary Intakes, Australian Government 2006
    Available as a pdf file only

    3. Access to the on-line resource:
    NHMRC, Australian Government. Eat for Health, Dietary Guidelines Summary 2013

    4. Access to the on-line report writing resource Turnitin:
    Access will also be made available through the MyUni Nutrition III course site.
    Recommended Resources
    Highly Recommended Textbook
    E Whitney, SR Rolfes, Crowe T, Cameron-Smith D, Walsh A Understanding Nutrition: Australian and New Zealand Edition, 1st ed.: Australia: Cengage Learning Australia, 2011

    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.

    Useful Web-sites
    1. National Medical Research Council (NHMRC):
    2. Eat for Health:
    3. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ):
    4. Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA):
    5. Nutrition Australia:
    6. FOODplus website: FOODplus website.
    7. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS):
    8. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW):
    9. Food and Health Dialogue Website:
    10. Google Scholar:
    11. Pub Med:
    12. Cochrane Library:

    Vancouver Referencing Style
    Assignments must be referenced as per the University of Adelaide referencing guide for the Vancouver Referencing System – see link below:
    Online Learning
    Students will need to regularly access the Nutrition III MyUni course site for:

    1. Course announcements, including information regarding changes to the course program.

    2. Copies of the lecture PowerPoints. These will be uploaded onto the course MyUni site prior to each lecture. Students are expected to download the PowerPoint as lecture handouts and bring these with them to the lecture.

    3. Copies of assignment and assessment information
    MyUni can be accessed via
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures are used to deliver content relevant to the specified course objectives. Lectures include the opportunity for open discussion, questions and problem solving activities.

    Tutorials aim to develop and support the material covered in the lectures as well as provide a forum for acquiring skills and knowledge necessary to complete the assessment tasks. The tutorials take the form of class discussions, demonstrations and problem-solving activities.

    Practicals further develop knowledge covered in the lectures. Students have the opportunity to develop a seven day menu plan. They are introduced to dietary analysis software and use this to model an appropriate menu plan for a specified age and gender group.

    Additionally students are required to give an oral presentation on a nutrition related topic to the class.

    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:

    •  Nutrition Research: How to critically evaluate scientific evidence and the level of evidence
    •  Systematic Reviews: What are these and how are they done?
    •  Dietary Modelling
    •  Food Fortification
    •  The relationship between nutrition research, evidence-based dietary recommendations and public health nutrition policies and interventions.
    •  Contemporary issues in food and nutrition

    Tutorial topics include:

    •  Scientific Writing, Avoiding Plagiarism
    •  Statistical interpretation of data/results reported in scientific literature.
    •  How to conduct systematic literature search
    •  How to conduct and write a systematic review
    • How to use EndNote for referencing

    Practical topics include:

    • Database searchers for conducting a systematic review
    • Dietary modelling to develop and manipulate food patterns, translating these into healthy meal-plans for a targeted population group.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are required to attend all Practicals
  • 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 Task Type of Assessment Percentage of total assessment
    for grading purposes
    Hurdle Outcomes being assessed / achieved Approximate Timing of Assessment
    Online Test 1 Formative & Summative 10% No 2,4 Week 5
    Online Test 2 Formative & Summative 10% No 1-3 Week 8
    Group Presentation Formative & Summative 10% No 1-3 Week 10
    Systematic Review Formative & Summative  45% No 2-4 Weeks 6 & 13
    Practical Report Formative & Summative 25% No 1,2,5 Week 11
    Assessment Detail

    Online Test 1 (10%)

    Students complete an online test consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions. The test will cover content from Weeks 1 to 4. Students are given 1 hour to complete the test and are allowed to do the test once only.

    Online Test 2 (10%)

    Students complete an online test consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions. The test will cover content from Weeks 5 to 8. Students are given 1 hour to complete the test and are allowed to do the test once only.


    Students are required to work in small groups and to present one case study on food fortification. Each group will work on one case from cases chosen by the Course Coordinator to determine whether specific fortifications are warranted in the context of public health interventions. The oral presentation should last 10-15 minutes including time allowed for audience participation and discussion. The presentations will take place during the scheduled lecture, tutorial or practical times. 


    Part A: Objectives, Search Strategy, Selection Criteria, List of Studies to be included in the review (10% of the overall mark for the course ).

    After selecting and refining your topic area (general topic areas to be provided by the Course Coordinator) you will be required to submit:
    • The objective of your review (the question you will be asking)
    • Your search strategy
    • Your selection criteria (inclusion and exclusion criteria)
    • A list of eligible studies to be included in your review.

    · A summary of the characteristics of two eligible studies in a table.

    Part B: Final completed Systematic Review contributes to 35% of the overall mark for this course.

    Guidelines for the Systematic Review
    • Abstract (300 word limit) should include: Background, Objective, Study Design, Results, Conclusion, Key words.
    • Introduction
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Discussion and Conclusion
    • References

    Length of review: ~3,000 words (does not include tables or references).

    Students will be able to critically review topical issues regarding nutrition in the scientific literature and develop sound knowledge of the scientific process in nutrition research as well as a good understanding of the processes involved in doing a systematic review.


    This practical runs over the semester and requires students to use dietary modelling to develop and manipulate food consumption patterns, translating these into healthy meal plans. Students must establish a set of modelling rules and targets. These are used to manipulate daily food consumption patterns. Then, together with basic diet-planning principles, students translate these food patterns into a set of healthy meal plans for a targeted population group, meeting any cuisine and cultural requirements imposed. Finally, students assess the nutritional quality of their modelled meal plans against initial targets, using a dietary analysis software programme

    Oral Presentation
    This task takes the form of a 10-15 minute PowerPoint presentation by 2-3 students to the rest of the class. The presentation will be on a recent primary journal article with a nutrition/food focus. Journal article choices will be provided by the Course Coordinator. 

    Failure to present on the designated tutorial date without prior arrangement with the course coordinator, will incur the maximum penalty of 50% of the mark attained. Individuals who fail to present on their designated day will need to present their topic to the tutor outside of the tutorial time. In addition, the student will need to submit a 1000 word essay discussing how to generate audience participation and discussion.

    Systematic Review/Written Assignment
    Specified Stages:
    Online Quiz to be completed online using MyUni.
    Online submission through MyUni of Objective(s), Search Strategy, Selection Criteria and List of Studies included in the systematic review. 
    An electronic copy of the draft Systematic Review during midsemester break.
    Final Systematic Review: An electronic copy of the final Systematic Review must be submitted to Turnitin by 5pm of the due date.

    Dietary Modelling Practical
    This task must be submitted in hard copy form (paper based). The hard copy must be accompanied by a signed and completed Assessment Cover-Sheet (see below)

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

    Student Feedback on Assignments/work
    We will aim to provide feedback on assignments/work within three weeks of the due date.

    Penalty for Late Submission of Assessment Tasks
    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 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 or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the mark.
    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.

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