Availabilities:

Location Domestic International
Lismore Session 2 Session 2

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Examines the nutritional requirements and the key nutritional issues across the lifespan from pre-conception to old age. Further, the role of food and nutrition in the aetiology of chronic diseases common in advancing age is explored, along with evidence-based interventions for these conditions. Students integrate and extend their knowledge by applying and reflecting on aspects of the nutrition care process through problem-based scenarios.

Unit content

Topic 1: Foundations of evidence-based nutrition

Topic 2: Introduction to the nutrition care process

  • Overview of the steps
  • Nutrition assessment: Types of data; Diet history methods; Dietary analysis; Data integration and interpretation aligned with evidence/standards; Documentation
  • Nutrition intervention: Communicating written nutrition education information

Topic 3: Nutritional requirements and key nutritional issues during the stages of the lifespan

  • Pre-conception/fertility; Pregnancy; Lactation;
  • Infancy; Childhood; Adolescence;
  • Adults; Older adults
  • Disordered eating and eating disorders
  • Critical review of vegetarian diets in pregnancy, lactation, adolescence, childhood and infancy

Topic 4: Role of food and nutrition in the aetiology of chronic disease in adulthood, including evidence-based intervention in obesity, coronary heart disease, hypertension, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome and cancer prevention

Topic 5: Introduction to reflective practice

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: , GA2: , GA3: , GA4: , GA5: , GA6: , GA7:
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 differentiate between the nutritional requirements at each stage of the lifecycle, as well as discuss and identify key nutritional issues
2 apply dietary nutritional recommendations to different population groups across the lifecycle
3 evaluate the strength of the evidence for the relationship between diet, nutrition and disease
4 explain the relationship between food and nutrition in the aetiology of specific chronic non-communicable diseases common in advancing age
5 translate knowledge about the relationship between food and its components and disease into evidence-based intervention strategies for specific chronic non-communicable diseases common in advancing age
6 explain the principles of and demonstrate an understanding of the application of elements of the nutrition care process
7 critically self-reflect on their learning experience using a structured framework.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. differentiate between the nutritional requirements at each stage of the lifecycle, as well as discuss and identify key nutritional issues
    • GA4:
  2. apply dietary nutritional recommendations to different population groups across the lifecycle
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. evaluate the strength of the evidence for the relationship between diet, nutrition and disease
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. explain the relationship between food and nutrition in the aetiology of specific chronic non-communicable diseases common in advancing age
    • GA4:
  5. translate knowledge about the relationship between food and its components and disease into evidence-based intervention strategies for specific chronic non-communicable diseases common in advancing age
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  6. explain the principles of and demonstrate an understanding of the application of elements of the nutrition care process
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  7. critically self-reflect on their learning experience using a structured framework.
    • GA1:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Mahan, LK, Escott-Stump, S & Raymond, JL, 2012, Krause's food and the nutrition care process, 13th edn, Elsevier, Australia. ISBN: 978-1-4377-2233-8.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.