NUTR12001 - Human Nutrition

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce students to the role of food, nutrients and dietary constituents in human health and disease. Your learning will encompass the range of ecological, physiological, and behavioural factors that influence food composition and human food intakes and behaviours. You will learn about the food and nutrition requirements of different individuals and population groups. You will develop an understanding of scientific evidence that underpins dietary requirements and recommendations and skills to identify dietary misinformation.


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 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

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. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
3. Written Assessment 30%

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 82.14% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 29.79% 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 unit comments
Students found the group discussion and its requirements confusing.
The group discussion assessment will be reviewed and clear guidelines and rubrics will be provided.
Action Taken
In 2023, there were no group discussion requirements attached to assessment tasks. Alternative individual assessment tasks were developed with detailed rubrics in an Assessment Guide provided on Moodle.
Source: SUTE unit comments
Students appreciated that lectures were divided into different smaller sections but suggestions were made for shorter videos and tutorials.
The lectures and tutorials of the unit will be reviewed and shorter lectures and tutorials that focus on learning outcomes and key topics will be provided.
Action Taken
The lecture and tutorial content was redeveloped for all unit themes and were contained to multiple 5 to 8 minutes shorter video lecture recordings with the content commencing with clear alignment to unit learning outcomes.
Source: Unit Coordinators' self evaluation
The unit structure and assignments need revision.
The unit structure, assignments and guidelines will be reviewed and revised.
Action Taken
The Unit Learning Outcomes, Assessment tasks and Unit content were all redeveloped with appropriate scaffolding to enable student assessment completion success.
Source: SUTE Qualitative comments
Students noted that having a nutrition glossary of terms would assist in understanding the content, particularly for those who have not come from a health background.
Consider adding a discussion forum or a glossary of terms document on Moodle whereby students can add terms that they are unfamiliar, with a working definition, that is checked by the facilitator.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Coordinator and Discipline Lead self-reflection
Consider revising long lecture recordings and providing shorter lectures with a more concise delivery structure.
The unit's weekly content 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. Discuss food composition, nutrients, and dietary requirements and recommendations
  2. Describe the ecological factors influencing food composition and nutrient intakes and behaviours
  3. Describe the physiological factors influencing food and nutrient intakes and behaviours
  4. Relate food and nutrient intakes to common nutrition-related diseases in Australia.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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