Basic understanding of key nutritional concepts and the importance of evidence-based nutrition for individual and population health.
HUNT 141 examines the role that food and nutrition plays in the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations. This paper has a strong practical component that allows the student to explore and assess their own dietary and nutrient requirements. This paper provides an overview of several areas of nutrition and will be relevant to those studying and working in nutrition and dietetics, medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, pharmacy, public health, food science and sports and exercise nutrition. Key questions explored include: What makes up a healthy diet? Do weight loss diets really work? Are supplements really necessary? What role does diet play in disease? What does a sustainable diet look like? How does our culture influence what we eat?
|Paper title||Understanding Human Nutrition|
|Teaching period(s)||Summer School
Semester 1 (On campus)
Semester 2 (On campus)
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,141.35|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- HUNT 233
- Schedule C
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Human Nutrition's website
- Teaching staff
- Paper Structure
This paper is organised into major topic areas:
- Macronutrients, energy and micronutrients
- The role of nutrition in health and disease
- Sustainable diets
- Teaching Arrangements
Summer school teaching arrangements: The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.
This paper is distance taught using a combination of pre-recorded and live sessions on Microsoft Teams. There is an expectation that students will complete assigned work prior to the live sessions. Students must attend one 2-hour live session a week, times (to be confirmed).
Semester one and Semester two teaching arrangements: This Learning paper is fully taught on-campus.
This paper uses a mixture of lectures and practical based learning. There is one 2-hour practical per week. Some lectures follow a traditional lecture format and others incorporate problem-based learning activities.
- Whitney E, Rolfes S, Crowe T, Walsh A. Understanding Nutrition: Australian and New Zealand Edition: 4th Edition. Cengage Learning Australia; 2019.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
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- Learning Outcomes
By the end of HUNT 141 students should be able to
- Discuss the physiological, social and cultural factors that impact on food choices and dietary behaviour
- Identify key functions, food sources and requirements of specified nutrients
- Use evidence-based nutrition guidelines and knowledge of the New Zealand food supply to recommend appropriate food choices for general health
- Apply simple nutritional assessment skills to an individual's dietary intake and produce a clear and complete written report
- Integrate nutrition knowledge with practical application