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HUNT241 Fundamentals of Nutrients and Health

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Study of the biological basis of nutrition and the mechanisms by which diet can influence health. Includes a solid understanding of macro- and micronutrients with a specific emphasis on requirements for human health.

This paper investigates the metabolism of macro- and micro-nutrients. There is a particular focus on key nutrients for the New Zealand diet, exploring food sources and their role for human health.

Paper title Fundamentals of Nutrients and Health
Paper code HUNT241
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,004.75

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(BIOC 111 or BIOC 192) and (CHEM 112 or CHEM 191) and ((HUBS 191 and HUBS 192) or (BIOL 115 or PHSE 191 and PHSE 192))
Pre or Corequisite
HUNT 141
BIOC 230, HUNT 221
Schedule C

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Anne-Louise Heath

Paper Structure

This paper consists of two blocks:

  1. The first block of lectures extends on the basic concepts of metabolism. The content relates to energy metabolism, how carbohydrates and fats are processed by various pathways under different physiological/biochemical conditions.
  2. 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 macro- and 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.
Teaching Arrangements

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


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 HUNT241 you will have acquired a basic understanding of the fundamentals of human nutrition, which will provide the foundation for future study in human nutrition.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 08:00-08:50 9-13, 15-22
Friday 08:00-08:50 9-12, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 10:00-11:50 16-22
A2 Thursday 14:00-15:50 16-22
AND one stream from
B1 Monday 14:00-16:50 9-13, 15
B2 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 9-13, 15