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HUNT341 Nutrition and Behaviour Change Communication

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Principles and key concepts of behaviour theories and models of behaviour change and their application to individual eating behaviour (practices and skills).

Behaviour and behaviour change are highly complex processes; knowing what we should be eating does not mean that we always make the healthy choice. This paper focuses on why people make the decisions they do in health and nutrition and how we can change habits and behaviours. HUNT341 provides you not only with an understanding of behaviour, but also opportunities to practice behaviour change techniques in a supported environment. You will leave the course ready to put your skills into practice to help people effectively meet their nutrition goals on an individual, group or population level.

Paper title Nutrition and Behaviour Change Communication
Paper code HUNT341
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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(HUNT 221, HUNT 222 and HUNT 223) or (Two of HUNT 241,HUNT 242, HUNT 243 or HUNT 245)
Schedule C
Students in the Bachelor of Applied Sciences with a major in Sport and Exercise Nutrition may take this paper having passed HUNT221 and one of HUNT222 or HUNT223. To do this, apply for Special Permission at the Review and Submit stage of your application.

Teaching staff

Dr Sara Styles

Paper Structure

This paper will be a combination of lectures, small interactive groups and practical seminars.

Teaching Arrangements

Two hours interactive learning sessions per week for 13 weeks

Two hours per week for 13 weeks.

  • For 7 weeks, these will be conducted as small group tutorials
  • For 6 weeks, these will be held as experiential seminars

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Key research papers will be used to complement lecture material. These will be available through Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of HUNT 341 students should be able to

  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate nutrition knowledge with practical application through a series of case studies and guiding questions
  • Apply behavioural theory to the student's conversations with an adult friend/family member about the friend/family member's eating behaviour
  • Describe the strengths and limitations of each theory in the context of nutrition
  • Apply theory with an awareness of the ethical implications of using theory with the aim of changing human eating behaviour
  • Develop skills that facilitate behaviour change (e.g. more mindful awareness and attention; more autonomous or self-determined motivation)

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 11:00-12:50 10-12, 15, 17-20
A2 Thursday 09:00-10:50 10-12, 15, 17-20
A3 Friday 09:00-10:50 10-12, 15, 17-20
A4 Friday 12:00-13:50 10-12, 15, 17-20