BMSC12013 - Nutritional Physiology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit expands on your existing knowledge on physiology to explore the physiological aspects of nutrition in human health. In this unit, you will develop further knowledge of the gastrointestinal system and its role in the digestion and absorption of food and nutrients. You will learn about the physiological mechanisms that control appetite and thirst and related health issues. You will learn about the nutrient and energy requirements and evaluate related pathophysiological conditions in different population groups. You will apply your knowledge of nutritional physiology in a professional manner to discuss issues in nutrition and how they impact human health.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-Requisite: BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1 or BMSC11007 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1 or BMSC11010 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 AND BMSC11002 Human Body Systems 2 or BMSC11008 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2 or BMSC11011 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2.

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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. Written Assessment 30%
2. Group Work 20%
3. Online Test 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 90.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 58.82% 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: SUTE teacher evaluations and unit coordinator self evaluation
Content, activities and reading materials with real-world applications were appreciated.
Continue to provide content with real-world application through additional reading materials, case studies, short talks/guest lectures and engaging activities.
Action Taken
Real-world applications through additional reading materials, case studies, and engaging activities were provided.
Source: Unit Coordinator self evaluation
Guest lectures from research, industry and different disciplines with real-world relevance can benefit learning.
Consider guest lecturers for future delivery.
Action Taken
Additional lecture and learning materials were provided.
Source: SUTE Unit comments.
Clarification on assignment requirements especially group activities helps.
Consider reviewing assessment task requirements and providing further clarification in assessment tutorials.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Unit comments & Unit Coordinator self-reflection.
Lecture videos and learning materials could be more engaging.
The unit's weekly content and their delivery will be reviewed and changes to structure may be applied if needed.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse the role of the gastrointestinal system in digestion, absorption and metabolism of nutrients
  2. Analyse the physiological processes underpinning appetite and thirst in health
  3. Evaluate and relate nutritionally related pathophysiological conditions in population groups
  4. Demonstrate effective communication and cultural competency relevant to nutrition
  5. Critique contemporary issues in nutrition and impact on human physiology.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
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