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|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,080.30|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,858.95|
- (BIOC 192 or BIOC 111) and (CHEM 191 or 112) and ((HUBS 191 and 192) or (BIOL 115 or PHSE 191 and 192))
- Pre or Corequisite
- HUNT 141
- BIOC 230, HUNT 221
- Schedule C
- Teaching staff
- Paper Structure
This paper consists of two blocks:
- The first block of lectures extends on the basic concepts of metabolism introduced in BIOC 192. The content relates to energy metabolism, how carbohydrates and fats are processed by various pathways under different physiological/biochemical conditions.
- 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.