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Advanced Topics in Nutrition (NUTR30004)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeNUTR30004
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This subject critically examines a range of key aspects of the application of human nutrition, along with current fields of research investigation adding to the understanding of nutrition science. These include, but are not limited to: sports nutrition, nutritional genomics, nutrient‐gene interactions, fad diets, evolution of the human diet, nutritional supplements, intestinal microbiome and health, brain function and nutrition, bioactive foods, foetal origins of disease, epigenetic and nutrition in disease, nutritional deficiencies. Students will undertake case studies in the above mentioned topics in which they will evaluate and interpret recent research data and findings.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Develop a basic understanding of the emerging research of human nutrition related to health;
  • Undertake a practical situation analysis and develop skills in problem solving, in 'real world' settings;
  • Develop an understanding of how nutrition research findings are integrated into the knowledge base of diet, health and disease;
  • Develop an understanding of how nutrition research knowledge is used to develop diet guidelines for communication to the public;
  • Apply knowledge gained earlier in their course to the solution of practical problems.

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

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
NUTR20001 Food Nutrition and Health
Semester 2
FOOD20003 Food Chemistry, Biology and Nutrition
Semester 1

And one of:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BCMB20002 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Semester 1
Semester 2
BIOM20001 Molecular and Cellular Biomedicine
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Completion of 25 points of the following is recommended:

AGRI20003 Sustainable Food Systems
FOOD20006 Food Microbiology and Safety

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



  • Written Assignment equivalent to 1,500 words (Review of a topic chosen from the list of emerging areas of nutrition research provided) (30%), due in Week 9
  • Mid-Semester Test (multiple choice questions) 1 hour test (20%), due mid-semester
  • 2-hour examination (Multiple Choice Questions plus short answer questions) (50%), due during the examination period
  • Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 80% of tutorials. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
  • Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10 marks per working day.

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

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

  • Breadth options

    This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

  • 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: 31 July 2019