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HUNT221 Macronutrients and Health

Essentials of the physiology and biochemistry of the macronutrients; introduction to anthropometry; obesity; diabetes.

Paper title Macronutrients and Health
Paper code HUNT221
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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(BIOC 192 or BIOC 111) and (CELS 191 or BIOL 111) and (CHEM 191 or CHEM 112) and ((HUBS 191 and HUBS 192) or BIOL 115)
HUNT 201
Recommended Preparation or Concurrent Study
At least 18 200-level BIOC points and 18 200-level PHSL points
Schedule C
ANAT 111 and PHSL 101 may be substituted for the CELS and HUBS prerequisites.
Teaching staff
Dr Anne-Louise Heath
Paper Structure
The paper content includes:
  • Metabolism
  • Functions and food sources of the macronutrients
  • Assessment of body composition
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
The laboratory classes will teach how to collect and interpret basic anthropometric data, involve students in an experiment to see how their blood lipids are altered by food and give students an opportunity to improve their written communication skills.
Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures per week and one lab per fortnight.
Recommended Text Books:
Mann J.I. and Truswell A.S. (Eds.) (2012). Essentials of Human Nutrition (4th ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Whitney E.N. et al. (2011). 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
By the end of HUNT 221 you should be able to:
  • Describe the metabolism, functions and food sources of the macronutrients (i.e. fat, carbohydrate, protein) and alcohol
  • Discuss the principles, strengths and weaknesses of the main methods used to assess body composition
  • Discuss the epidemiology, aetiology (causes) and dietary treatment of obesity and diabetes
  • Demonstrate an improvement in written communication skills
  • Integrate information from related courses, including biochemistry and physiology, into your nutrition knowledge

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Friday 13:00-13:50 24


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20
P2 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20
P3 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
P4 Thursday 14:00-17:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21