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Lifestage Nutrition (NUTR30003)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeNUTR30003
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The subject will cover the nutritional issues relevant to life stages, including: pregnancy, foetal development, breast feeding, infancy, childhood, adolescence and the elderly. Students will gain an understanding of the differing nutrient recommendations for the various life stages and the scientific rationale behind these recommendations and subsequent dangers involved in failing to meet these recommendations and dangers involved in excessive intake of supplemental nutrients.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of the unit students will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the scientific basis of the physiological changes of the mother and foetus that occur during pregnancy and the role of nutrients;
  • Develop an understanding of the principle effects of foetal alcohol syndrome;
  • Establish familiarity with the roles of macro and micronutrients in growth and development of children;
  • Recognise the effects of childhood obesity and the measurement techniques used in its evaluation;
  • Perform dietary analysis on individuals of varying age and evaluating against reference standards;
  • Recognise the dietary problems of free living and institutionalised elderly, and be able to evaluate their nutritional biometric data;
  • Outline the concept of drug-nutrient interactions and detect issues in the elderly receiving polypharmacy.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed their:

  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Capacity to tackle unfamiliar problems
  • Ability to think systemically and integrate knowledge from different disciplines
  • Communication skills, through written and tutorial engagement
  • Quantitative analysis skills
  • Sense of intellectual curiosity

Last updated: 12 July 2019