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HUNT311 Metabolism, Health and Disease

Vitamin and mineral metabolism; biochemical assessment of nutrient status.

Paper title Metabolism, Health and Disease
Paper code HUNT311
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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HUNT 221-223 or (HUNT 201 and 202). Note: students in the Bachelor of Applied Sciences with a major in Sport and Exercise Nutrition may take this paper having passed HUNT 221 and one of (HUNT 222, HUNT 223). To do this, apply for Special Permission at the Review and Submit stage of your application.
Recommended Preparation
STAT 115 and at least 18 200-level BIOC or PHSL points
Schedule C
Teaching staff
Dr Bernard Venn
Paper Structure
The paper's content includes biochemical nutrition assessment, with special emphasis on carbohydrate, protein, zinc, iron, selenium, folate and vitamin B12, and nutritional epidemiology.
Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures per week and a weekly practical session
Part of the work is laboratory work, and part is seminars and discussion groups.
Text books are not required for this paper.
Students will be provided with readings.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper students will:
  • Be able to describe the impact on human health of specific nutrients (e.g. carbohydrate, zinc, selenium. iron, folate, protein)
  • Be able to choose an appropriate laboratory method for testing nutritional status in a variety of situations
  • Have participated in a variety of laboratory tests of nutritional status
  • Be able to describe the advantages, limitations and applicability of a variety of laboratory methods for testing nutritional status
  • Be able to interpret and evaluate a variety of laboratory nutritional status test results in order to make conclusions about nutritional status

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Friday 12:00-16:50 9, 11
A2 Friday 12:00-16:50 10, 12
AND one stream from
B1 Friday 11:00-12:50 15-19
B2 Friday 14:00-15:50 15-19