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HUNT451 Nutritional Assessment

A lecture- and seminar-based paper that involves a critical appraisal of all of the ‘state of the art’ dietary, anthropometric, laboratory and clinical methods used by human nutritionists to assess the nutritional status of individuals or groups.

Paper title Nutritional Assessment
Paper code HUNT451
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,590.98
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,357.07

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Teaching staff
Dr Anne-Louise Heath
Paper Structure
Methods of nutritional assessment include:
  • Dietary assessment
  • Anthropometry
  • Biochemical and clinical assessment - techniques, interpretation and pitfalls
Teaching Arrangements
Two 2-hour classes per week
Text books are not required for this paper.
Students will be provided with readings.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of HUNT 451 you should be able to:
  • Discuss the advantages, limitations and appropriate applications of the main methods of dietary, anthropometric and laboratory assessment of nutritional status
  • Design a research project that uses appropriate dietary, anthropometric and laboratory methodologies to determine the nutritional status of a population
  • Determine the most appropriate dietary, anthropometric and laboratory methods to use when assessing the nutritional status of an individual
  • Discuss the use of clinical methods for determining nutritional status in individuals
  • Critically interpret and evaluate scientific papers that use dietary, anthropometric or laboratory methods to determine nutritional status
  • Demonstrate an ability to work effectively with other students on a common project
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate scientific concepts to an audience effectively
  • Demonstrate an ability to facilitate and contribute to group discussion on topics of relevance to nutritional assessment

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 10:00-12:50 29


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 28, 33-34, 36-41
Thursday 10:00-11:50 28, 32-34, 36-41