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 2 - 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. 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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 69.57% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 24.73% 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: Formal unit evaluation
Several students enrolled in the education program found some of the content difficult to relate in the context of their studies as secondary school teachers.
Develop examples or modify one of the assessments to better relate key nutrition concepts to teachers and their teaching practice.
Action Taken
Tutorials provided discussions of content with real-world application from the perspective of different disciplines.
Source: Formal unit evaluation
Several students described that they felt the assessments did not capture enough elements of the unit content.
Map assessments to unit content to ensure representative sampling of knowledge and skills covered in each section of the unit.
Action Taken
Detailed instructions on the assessment tasks and how they relate to the LOs were provided. The Nutrition teaching team is also reviewing the LOs and assessments of this unit for delivery in 2023.
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
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
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
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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