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HUNT341 Nutrition and Behaviour Change Communication

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

Paper title Nutrition and Behaviour Change Communication
Paper code HUNT341
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,858.95

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

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Caroline Horwath

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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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-15, 17, 19-22
Tuesday 15:00-15:50 9
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 17-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 11:00-12:50 10-12, 14, 17-20
A2 Thursday 09:00-10:50 10-12, 14, 17-20
A3 Friday 09:00-10:50 10-12, 14, 17-20
A4 Friday 12:00-13:50 10-12, 14, 17-20