FOOD SC 7029WT - Nutrition Metabolism

Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

Nutrition metabolism will focus on early life nutrition, healthy ageing and nutritional genomics. We know that a healthy start to life is very important and that adverse nutritional exposures early in life can impact future chronic disease risk. In this course we will investigate how this may occur and how nutrition and lifestyle changes may reverse these adverse effects. In addition, we know that worldwide we are living longer and this comes with an additional set of nutritional challenges. We will explore the role of nutrition in the ageing process and how our eating habits, preferences and requirements change as we age. Finally, a growing area of research is nutritional genomics which looks at how nutrients impact genes and also the reverse; how gene variations that exist between individuals may impact the way we process certain nutrients. This is extremely important especially if we want to adopt a personalised nutrition/diet approach.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code FOOD SC 7029WT
    Course Nutrition Metabolism
    Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Waite Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge Biology and Chemistry OR BIOCHEM OR Equivalent of 6 units of Level I Biology and Chemistry
    Assessment Groups assessments, case studies, literature review, quizzes
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Tina Bianco-Miotto

    Dr Nichola Thompson
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physiological and genetic mechanisms controlling macronutrient metabolism.
    2 Discuss metabolism, physiology and nutritional health role in human diets.
    3 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the interrelated roles of nutrition, genetics and metabolism for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.
    4 Acquire skills to critically evaluate nutritional health information that is communicated to the general public.
    5 Explain the role of metabolism and nutritional health in healthy aging.
    6 Develop professional communication skills across a range of delivery modes.
    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.

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    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 7: Digital capabilities

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


    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 & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be taught using a combination of lectures and workshops. New content will be delivered through the lectures with a mixture of online and face to face delivery. Material in lectures will be reinforced by workshops which will include case studies, problem solving and discussions in groups.

    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

    No information currently available.

  • 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 
    Assessment type 

    (Formative or Summative) 

    Assessment weighting % (Summative tasks must add up to 100%) 

    (Yes or No) 

    Course learning outcomes being assessed 
    Group Workshop Assessments 

    Formative & Summative 

    Case Studies 
    Formative & Summative 
    Literature Review 
    Formative & Summative 
    Formative & Summative 
    Assessment Detail

    Group Workshop Assessments (3 x 10%) 
    Group Workshop Assessments (3 x 10%) – Students will be required to work in groups and complete questions provided on nutrition topics such as fad diets, metabolic health and disease, use of social to communicate nutrition to the public and emerging nutrigenomics topics.

    Case Studies (2x10%)
    Students will be given 2 case studies on topics covered within the course to complete individually. The case studies will outline a nutrition problem and the students will need to provide potential solutions using scientific peer-reviewed references.

    Literature Review (20%)
    Students will choose from a range of provided topics
    and write a 5000 word literature review on a current nutrition topic. Students will be expected to include 15-20 scientific peer-reviewed publications. A draft will be assessed at the half-way point to provide students with guidance (5%) with the final literature review weighted at 15%.

    Quizzes (3x10%)
    The content in the course will be assessed with 3 online quizzes (10% each) which will include multiple choice questions as well as short-answer questions. 

    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.

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