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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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Prerequisite
(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
Restriction
BIOC 230, HUNT 221
Schedule C
Science
Contact

human-nutrition@otago.ac.nz

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.

Textbooks

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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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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Timetable

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

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

Practical

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

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.

It is essential to understand the biological basis of nutrition if you want to understand how diet influences health. This paper investigates the nutrients involved in the key metabolic processes in the human body – and explores their central role in 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 Tuition Fees for 2022 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
(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
Restriction
BIOC 230, HUNT 221
Schedule C
Science
Contact

human-nutrition@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Anne-Louise Heath

Paper Structure

This paper consists of two blocks:

  1. The first block of lectures extends students’ understanding of the basic concepts of metabolism, particularly energy metabolism, and the impact of fed, fasted, and disease states on the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins
  2. The second block of lectures extends students’ understanding of vitamins and minerals, with a particular emphasis on the biochemistry and physiology of key nutrients in the diets of New Zealanders, as well as their food sources, and roles in human health and disease
Teaching Arrangements

Two 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour practical session per week.

Textbooks

Recommended textbooks:

  • Campbell MK, Farrell SO, McDougal OM. Biochemistry (9th edition). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning, 2016.
  • Whitney E, Rolfes SR, Crowe T, Cameron-Smith D, Walsh A. Understanding Nutrition. 3rd Australian and New Zealand edition. Melbourne: Cengage Learning Australia, 2017.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of HUNT241 students will be able to:

  • Describe the metabolism of the macronutrients and key vitamins and minerals, including the mechanisms by which pathways are controlled
  • Propose likely impacts of a change in nutritional status on the metabolism of a range of macronutrients and micronutrients
  • Discuss the impact of disruptions of nutrient metabolism on human health
  • Carry out common and currently used laboratory techniques for measuring nutrients, metabolites and enzyme activity in blood and urine samples
  • Analyse and interpret group data
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills
  • Describe the key phases of an observational nutrition research study
  • Work more effectively in a group setting
  • Introduce themselves briefly in te reo Māori, and greet someone in Samoan and Tongan
  • List culturally important food sources of nutrients for Māori and Pacific peoples

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Timetable

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Thursday 08:00-08:50 9-15, 17-22
Friday 08:00-08:50 9-14, 17-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 10:00-11:50 15, 17-22
A2 Thursday 14:00-15:50 15, 17-22
AND one stream from
B1 Monday 14:00-16:50 9-14
B2 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 9-14