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NUTN401 Principles of Human Nutrition

An overview of macronutrients and micronutrients, including analysis of topical research specific to each nutrient. Assessment of nutritional status, with particular emphasis on dietary assessment and interpretation.

This paper is relevant for health or education professionals who want to develop or update their nutrition knowledge and skills to complement their work as:

  • General practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Dentists
  • Public health professionals
  • School teachers with a background in biological sciences (eg physical education, food technology or home economics teachers)
Note that this paper does not prepare participants to practise as dietitians.

Paper title Principles of Human Nutrition
Paper code NUTN401
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,498.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $7,725.00

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Restriction
CMNX 401, NUTX 401
Notes
A core paper for PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, MHealSc endorsed in Human Nutrition; may also be taken by other approved students.
Course outline
Eligibility
Eligible students will be professionals in the healthcare and education sectors without a background in human nutrition but with a strong background in biological sciences or health science. The paper is available only to those residing in New Zealand.
Contact
human-nutrition@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Sheila Skeaff
Paper Structure
The eight modules that comprise the paper are as follows:
  • Introduction to nutrition
  • Dietary assessment methodology
  • Proteins
  • Carbohydrates
  • Lipids
  • Water and electrolytes
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals and trace elements
Teaching Arrangements
The paper is distance taught using audioconferences. Audioconferences run from 6.10 pm to 8.00 pm on alternate Tuesdays. The audioconferences run as tutorials rather than lectures, and there is an expectation that students will have read material provided prior to the session and participate in the discussion.
Textbooks
All reading material will be provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Assess dietary practices of individuals using the appropriate dietary assessment methodology
  • Assess nutritional advice and claims made by the food industry
  • Provide general nutritional advice based on current dietary recommendations
  • Search the scientific literature and critically evaluate a scientific article in nutrition
  • Understand recent developments in nutritional science

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

An overview of macronutrients and micronutrients, including analysis of topical research specific to each nutrient. Assessment of nutritional status, with particular emphasis on dietary assessment and interpretation.

This paper is relevant for health or education professionals who want to develop or update their nutrition knowledge and skills to complement their work as:

  • General practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Dentists
  • Public health professionals
  • School teachers with a background in biological sciences (eg physical education, food technology or home economics teachers)
Note that this paper does not prepare participants to practise as dietitians.

Paper title Principles of Human Nutrition
Paper code NUTN401
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
CMNX 401, NUTX 401
Notes
A core paper for PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, MHealSc endorsed in Human Nutrition; may also be taken by other approved students.
Eligibility
Eligible students will be professionals in the healthcare and education sectors without a background in human nutrition but with a strong background in biological sciences or health science. The paper is available only to those residing in New Zealand.
Contact
human-nutrition@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Sheila Skeaff
Paper Structure
The eight modules that comprise the paper are as follows:
  • Introduction to nutrition
  • Dietary assessment methodology
  • Proteins
  • Carbohydrates
  • Lipids
  • Water and electrolytes
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals and trace elements
Teaching Arrangements
The paper is distance-taught using audioconferences. Audioconferences run from 6.10 pm to 8.00 pm on alternate Tuesdays. The audioconferences run as tutorials rather than lectures, and there is an expectation that students will have read material provided prior to the session and participate in the discussion.
Textbooks
All reading material will be provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Assess dietary practices of individuals using the appropriate dietary assessment methodology
  • Assess nutritional advice and claims made by the food industry
  • Provide general nutritional advice based on current dietary recommendations
  • Search the scientific literature and critically evaluate a scientific article in nutrition
  • Understand recent developments in nutritional science

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard