BMSC11006 - Food, Nutrition and Health

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The study of this unit will assist you to develop your understanding of food and nutrition and the health of Australians. This unit has a focus on food and nutrition systems in Australia, the development of nutrition-related diseases/conditions, and contemporary issues related to food security and environmental sustainability. In addition, the role of food and nutrition in health and the range of factors that influence food choices, nutrition behaviours and health, will be considered from a medical science perspective. Future medical scientists, educators, policy makers and consumers of food may benefit from this unit through broad exploration of the interrelationships between nutrition and health.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Class Timetable View Unit Timetable
Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Online
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Test 20%
2. Group Discussion 30%
3. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 37.5% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student Unit Evaluation
Feedback
The online textbook for the unit is outdated.
Recommendation
There are plans to update this unit for 2022 delivery. A more up-to-date text should be sourced. In the interim, more up-to-date statistics should be included in weekly lecture materials.
Action Taken
While the text was not updated in 2021 as the plan was to rewrite the unit for 2022 delivery, links were provided weekly with up-to-date topical links relevant to each weeks' learning activities.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Students found the weekly email useful in assisting them to manage workloads and assessment due dates.
Recommendation
Continue with weekly email reminders.
Action Taken
Weekly email reminders and Moodle updates were continued. In the early part of the term, the weekly emails were transitioned from Quickmail in Moodle to the Mail Out option in CQUni Success.
Source: Formal unit evaluation
Feedback
Students found the 2012 unit text outdated and expressed dissatisfaction with the out of date information.
Recommendation
Update the unit text. If an up-to-date version of the existing text is not available, consider sourcing more up-to-date information from other government, non-government and research sources.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Formal unit evaluation
Feedback
Students expressed the desire for weekly rather than fortnightly tutorials in order to explore the learning activities in more detail and give students additional opportunities to ask questions.
Recommendation
Consider increasing the frequency of tutorials.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit coordinator self-reflation
Feedback
The current marking rubrics for the assessments are limited in their ability to distinguish between levels of achievement by students.
Recommendation
Review and revise the assessment marking rubrics.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe food system and security; and factors influencing food supply and intake in Australia
  2. Relate the role of food and nutrients to human health and wellbeing from a medical science perspective
  3. Discuss common nutrition-related conditions from a medical science perspective.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Test
2 - Group Discussion
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2 - Group Discussion
3 - Written Assessment
1 - Online Test