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HUNT243 Lifecycle Nutrition

Examines the nutritional foundations necessary for growth, development and normal functioning in each stage of the lifecycle. Includes the socioeconomic, cultural and physiological factors affecting food intake.

Nutritional needs change throughout the lifecycle to support physiological functioning, growth and development. Food intakes are influenced by socioeconomic, cultural and physiological factors. These topics and their role during the life course will be covered during this paper.

Paper title Lifecycle Nutrition
Paper code HUNT243
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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HUNT 141 and 36 points
HUNT 313
Schedule C
Teaching staff

Tessa Scott

Paper Structure

Lectures will cover the principles and methods used in nutritional assessment in research, public health, and clinical settings.

Practicals will allow students to acquire and develop the technical skills of dietary, anthropometric, biochemical and clinical assessment.

Teaching Arrangements

Two hours interactive learning sessions per week for 13 weeks.

One 2 hour practical per week for 11 weeks.


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, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Maternal and Infant

  • Understand the determination of nutrient requirements during pregnancy, lactation, infancy and early childhood in relation to normal growth and development
  • Understand the assessment of normal growth and body composition during pregnancy, postpartum and early childhood
  • Describe human milk production, regulation, nutritional composition and benefits
  • Describe infant feeding guidelines and complementary feeding practices
  • Characterise food and nutritional issues during pregnancy and early childhood with reference to the NZ Food and Nutrition Guidelines

Childhood and Adolescence

  • Be aware of the food and nutrition guidelines for children and adolescents and understand that children and adolescents have special nutritional requirements, compared with adults, that change throughout childhood and adolescence
  • Be aware of findings from recent surveys of children for foods and nutrients of interest
  • Be able to identify factors that may influence food intake in children and adolescents and to discuss potential options for improving food choice in children and adolescents
  • Be able to discuss potential options for the prevention of childhood obesity
  • Be able to discuss the role of calcium in bone health in children and adolescents


  • Describe the changes in physiological function and body composition that occur with ageing and their impact on nutritional requirements
  • Understand the role of nutrition and physical activity in various health conditions associated with ageing
  • Be aware of key nutritional issues among older populations in developed countries
  • Understand the potential impact of various physical, behavioural and socio-economic factors on nutrition in old age
  • Evaluate the advisability of dietary modifications and lifestyle changes in old age

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41