Course Title: Nutrition Principles

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nutrition Principles

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ONPS1118

City Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

ONPS1118

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

ONPS2125

City Campus

Postgraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016

ONPS2125

City Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Prof Harsharn Gill

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2600

Course Coordinator Email: harsharn.gill@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus Building 201 level 6 Room


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This is an introductory enabling course requiring no formal prerequisites


Course Description

This course provides you with an introduction to and an overview of nutritional issues related to general health and the food supply. Various aspects of food composition and cultural cuisine will be examined and related to the process of food choices and the subsequent effect these choices have on community health issues. The macro and micro-nutrient content of the core food groups will discussed and the rationale investigated for diet planning principles, food labelling regulations and the setting of national dietary guidelines and recommended dietary intakes (RDI’s). The biochemical principles of carbohydrate, protein and lipid structure, digestion, absorption and metabolism for energy in the body will be outlined and related to the intake and function of the micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) at AQF Level 7 

PLO1 - Demonstrate a coherent knowledge of science

1.1 Show an understanding of the scientific methods and an ability to apply the scientific methods in practice

1.2 Show a coherent understanding of the role and relevance of food science in society

1.3 Show an understanding and importance of the role of evidence in the continuous evolution of scientific knowledge 

1.4 Show an understanding of the significance of food science and nutrition to society 

PLO 2 - Exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge

2.1 Show a depth of scientific knowledge of core concepts in food science and nutrition

2.2 Show an ability to comprehend the role of diets, nutrients, and food in health and disease

2.4 Show an understanding of the dietary guidelines and standards

PLO 3 Critically analyse and solve scientific problems

3.1 Show an understanding of nutritional status of human diets

PLO 4 Demonstrate effective communication of science

4.1 Show effective communication ability relating to food and nutrition issues

 

 

 


On completion of this course, you should be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the distinction between macro and micronutrients. 
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relative energy contribution to the body from dietary fat, carbohydrate and protein, with the ability to read and understand food labels and nutrition claims.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of the digestive tract and process of cellular energy metabolism. 
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the function of the TCA cycle and energy transport chain and the role of micronutrients in controlling energy metabolism in the body. 
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of diet planning principles, weight control and the impact of fad  diets. 
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the assessment of the validity of media nutritional information and the accuracy of scientific studies in nutrition.

 


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

• attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
• completion of tutorial questions and laboratory projects designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
• completion of written assignments consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter;
• private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.
• evaluation of personal body anthropometric features
• evaluation of food and nutrient intake and correlation with body anthropometry

Total Study Hours

120 hours (comprising 48 hours of lectures and tutorials (3 hours lecture + one hour tutorial/week x 12 weeks) +72 hours (learner directed) – reading/literature review, preparation of reports/assignments, preparation for exams


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided with lists of relevant texts, library resources (Including appropriate journals) and freely accessible Internet sites. Other material will be provided in class.

 You will be able to access course information and learning material through the Learning Hub (also known as online@RMIT).

 Recommended text is;

Whtiney, Rolfes, Crowe, Cameron-Smith et al (2014) “Understanding Nutrition” (Aust & NZ 2nd ed).

Cengage learning

 


Overview of Assessment

Note that:

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching). 

ONPS 1118 Assessment tasks

The assessment for this course is based on three assignments, weekly tutorial exam questions and a 2 hours end of semester examination.

Assignment 1.

You will be required to write a report evaluating the validity of the food industry labelling practices on a food product

Weighting  4%              

This assessment task supports CLOs  2 and 6 

Assignment 2. 

You will be required to write a report evaluating the scientific validity of a media nutritional information related article

Weighting 4% 

This assessment task supports CLO 6

Assignment 3.  

A major assignment on your own eating and exercise habits will be done in conjunction with body anthropometry measurement.

Weighting 20% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 and 5 

Discussion Board

You will be required to contribute to a discussion on five nutrition related topics to be set as listed on the DLS online discussion board.

Weighting 10% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 2,  4 and 5

Weekly tutorial exam questions

Each week beginning week 1, you will participate in tutorial activities on a specific issue in nutrition and answer a question(s) and submit for assessment, following class discussion.

Weighting  12% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 

Exam (2 hours) One two-hours written paper at the end of the semester, based on the concepts and material presented in classes presentations during the semester.

Weighting   50% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

ONPS 2125 Postgraduate Assessment 

Assessment tasks

The assessment for this course is based on four assignments, weekly tutorial exam questions and a 2 hour end of semester examination 

Assignment 1.

You will be required to write a report evaluating the validity of the food industry labelling practices on a food product

Weighting  4%                  

This assessment task supports CLOs  2 and 6

 Assignment 2. 

You will be required to write a report evaluating the scientific validity of a media nutritional information related article

Weighting 5% 

This assessment task supports CLO 6

Assignment 3.  

A major assignment on your own eating and exercise habits will be done in conjunction with body anthropometry measurement.

Weighting 20% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 and 5

Assignment 4.

You will be required to write a report relaying complex scientific concepts of digestion of a macronutrient to a level suitable for the general public/consumer

Weighting   4%

This assessment task supports CLO 3

Discussion Board

You will be required to contribute to a discussion on five nutrition related topics to be set as listed on the DLS online discussion board.

Weighting 5% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 4 and 5

Weekly tutorial exam questions

Each week beginning week 1 you will participate in tutorial activities on a specific issue in nutrition and answer a question(s) and submit for assessment, following class discussion.

Weighting  12% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 

Exam -(2 hours)

One two-hours written paper at the end of the semester, based on the concepts and material presented in classes during the semester.

Weighting   50% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5