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Food Chemistry, Biology and Nutrition (FOOD20003)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeFOOD20003
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The aim of this subject is to provide students with an understanding of the chemical structure and the underlying nutritional biochemistry of food components.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Describe the structural properties of the food components
  • Show some understanding between structure and physical and chemical properties of the food components
  • Demonstrate understanding of the digestion, absorption, transport and use of the food components by the human body
  • Demonstrate understanding of the nutritional significance of a range of foods

Generic skills

Upon completion of this unit, students should have developed:

  • A profound respect for truth, intellectual and professional integrity, and the ethics of scholarship
  • The capacity of independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning and research
  • An ability to drive, interpret and analyse social, technical or economical information from multiple source
  • Skills in observation, critical analysis and report writing

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

One of:

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


One of:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
CHEM10003 Chemistry 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHEM10006 Chemistry for Biomedicine
Semester 1
CHEM10007 Fundamentals of Chemistry
Semester 1

Core participation requirements

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


Additional details

  • 1-hour mid-semester examination in Week 7 or 8 (20%)
  • Assignment (1000 words) due approximately Week 10 (20%)
  • 2-hour end-of-semester examination (60%)

It is a hurdle requirement that students attend at least 70% of tutorial sessions for this subject

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorKen Ng
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Subject notes

    This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (new degree only).

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019