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Comparative Nutrition and Digestion (ANSC20002)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeANSC20002
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Formerly BIOL20003

This subject allows students to develop an awareness of the major physiological processes and metabolic basis of nutritional requirements; to understand the nutritional qualities of food, and develop skills to ensure a balanced diet can be formulated for a range of mammals; to be familiar with the impact of dietary imbalances; and to understand the role of food in behavioural, psychological and social contexts.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be aware of:

  • The physiological and metabolic basis of nutritional ­requirements
  • The nutritional qualities of particular categories of food
  • The principles and practices of feed evaluation and ration formulation
  • The principles and diagnosis of nutritional imbalances and/or malnutrition
  • Be familiar with computer based nutritional models and simulations to solve complex nutritional problems

Generic skills

On completion of the subject the students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Academic excellence
  • Greater in-depth understanding of scientific disciplines and of the practical and ethical aspects of working in the nutrition industry
  • The student's flexibility and level of transferable skills should be enhanced through improved time management
  • Enhanced ability to communicate their ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats

Eligibility and requirements


one of

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
AGRI10050 Agricultural Systems Biology
Semester 1
BIOL10004 Biology of Cells and Organisms
Semester 1
BIOL10002 Biomolecules and Cells
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

Q Fever: It is a core participation requirement of this subject that students be vaccinated against Q Fever. Do not enrol into this subject if you are unable or unwilling to be vaccinated against Q Fever. For further information please go to: http://students.fvas.unimelb.edu.au/my-studies/q-fever

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Written practical/workshop assessments due after workshops approx. every second week (10%)
  • Assignment (equiv. 500 words) due after Week 8 of Semester (10%)
  • 1-hour multiple choice question mid-semester exam (20%)
  • 2-hour end-of-semester exam (60%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorKristy Digiacomo
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours32 hours - 24 hrs lectures and 8 hours practicals
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 12 July 2019