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HUNT222 Vitamins, Diets and Health

Essentials of the physiology and biochemistry of the vitamins; overview of dietary assessment; foods; food patterns.

This paper introduces the functions, metabolism, food sources and requirements of vitamins; the use of dietary assessment techniques; and the diversity of food patterns and diets and factors that affect this diversity.

Paper title Vitamins, Diets and Health
Paper code HUNT222
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second 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 202
Recommended Preparation
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 Penny Field
Paper Structure
Lectures cover an overview of dietary assessment; the metabolism, functions and food sources of vitamins; food patterns of New Zealanders and the influence of cultural and ethical factors on food choices of MÄori, Pasifika and Asian populations; food patterns influenced by the lifestyle choices of vegetarianism and participation in sports.

Practicals: Because accurate dietary assessment is the basis for effective nutrition interventions, skills are developed in various forms of dietary assessment, including developing and testing a food frequency questionnaire.

Cultural and other influences on food intake are also covered.
Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures per week and one 3-hour practical session per week
Recommended Textbooks:
Mann J.I. and Truswell A.S. (Eds.) (2012). Essentials of Human Nutrition (4th ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Whitney E.N. et al. (2013). 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 222 you should be able to:
  • Describe the metabolism, functions and food sources of the vitamins
  • Discuss the development, uses and limitations of nutrient reference values (NRVs) in relation to dietary assessment methodologies
  • Discuss the principles, strengths and weaknesses of dietary assessment techniques
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse food patterns that exist, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region; the role of culture; and the implications of such diets for health
  • Demonstrate co-operation in teamwork and appropriate division of responsibility for individual contributions to group projects
  • Demonstrate scientific written and analytical skills at the level expected of a 200-level HUNT student
  • Integrate information from related courses, including biochemistry and physiology, into your nutrition knowledge

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 28, 31-34, 36, 38, 40-41
P2 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 28, 31-34, 36, 38, 40-41
P3 Thursday 14:00-16:50 28, 31-34, 36, 38, 40-41