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HUNT221 Fundamentals of Nutrients and Health

Essentials of the physiology and biochemistry of the macro- and micronutrients, with a specific emphasis on requirements for human health.

Paper title Fundamentals of Nutrients and Health
Paper code HUNT221
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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BIOC 192, CELS 191, CHEM 191, HUBS 191, HUBS 192
BIOC 230; and BIOC 223 (prior to 2019)
Recommended Preparation or Concurrent Study
At least 18 200-level BIOC points and 18 200-level PHSL points
Schedule C
(i) ANAT 111 and PHSL 101 may be substituted for the CELS and HUBS prerequisites.
(ii) HUNT 221 is restricted against BIOC 223 passed prior to 2019.
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Sheila Skeaff
Paper Structure

In 2019, HUNT 221 will consist of two lecture blocks.

The first block of lectures extends on the basic concepts of metabolism introduced in BIOC 192. The majority of the content relates to energy metabolism, with a focus on how carbohydrates and fats are processed by various pathways under different physiological/biochemical conditions. Nitrogen metabolism will also be included.

The second block of lectures will develop understanding of vitamins and minerals, with a particular emphasis on key nutrients of importance in the New Zealand diet. The content will focus on the functions of micronutrients including their role in the metabolic pathways taught in the first block of lectures. Dietary sources of the nutrient, and the health consequences of low and high intakes will also be included.


Campbell, Farrell and McDougal (2016). Biochemistry (9th edition), Cengage-Learning.
Whitney E.N. et al. (2017). Understanding Nutrition: Australian & NZ Edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

On completion of your study of HUNT221 you will have acquired a basic understanding of the fundamentals of human nutrition, which will provide the foundation for future study in human nutrition.

Teaching Arrangements

Two lectures a week. A practical session which is weekly for the first 6 weeks, and then fortnightly.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-14:50 15-16, 18-22
Tuesday 14:00-14:50 15-16, 18-22
B1 Thursday 08:00-08:50 9-14
C1 Friday 08:00-08:50 9-14


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 09:00-11:50 15, 18, 20
A2 Thursday 13:00-15:50 15, 18, 20
A3 Thursday 09:00-11:50 16, 19, 21
A4 Thursday 13:00-15:50 16, 19, 21
AND one stream from
B1 Monday 14:00-16:50 9-14
B2 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 9-14
B3 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 9-14