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|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,141.35|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- (BIOC 111 or BIOC 192) and (CHEM 112 or CHEM 191) and ((HUBS 191 and HUBS 192) or (BIOL 115 or (ANAT 101 and PHSL 101))
- Pre or Corequisite
- HUNT 141
- BIOC 230, HUNT 221
- Schedule C
- Teaching staff
- Paper Structure
This paper consists of two blocks:
- 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
- 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.
- 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. 4th Australian and New Zealand edition. Melbourne: Cengage Learning Australia, 2019.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation,
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- 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