Course Title: Nutrition and Determinants of Health

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nutrition and Determinants of Health

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides you with an understanding of the behavioural, social and environment determinants of chronic lifestyle related disease and how these can be modified to prevent and reverse disease. The interdisciplinary nature and evidence based approach of lifestyle medicine and its ability to impact health care will be explored. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the program learning outcomes for the following programs:  

BP154 Bachelor of Psychology 

  • PLO 1 Apply breadth and depth of psychology theories, concepts and evidence in various real-world settings using a scientific approach;
  • PLO 4 Communicate to diverse audiences utilising contemporary and traditional formats and employing professional integrity, inclusivity and culturally safe practices;
  • PLO 5 Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional decisions and resolve challenges through application of critical thinking and reflective practice, autonomously and as part of a multidisciplinary team; 
  • PLO 6 Collaborate and contribute as an effective team member in diverse settings with commitment to First nations and globally inclusive perspectives. 

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. Describe the pillars of lifestyle medicine;  
  2. Analyse how modification of behavioural, social, environmental and psychological determinants can prevent disease or improve health outcomes; 
  3. Communicate in both written and oral format to apply your knowledge to global health challenges. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures and tutorial sessions, online resources and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will work both individually and in teams to complete interactive activities. Delivery will be a mix of face to face and online. 

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through RMIT Student Website. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Resources such as prescribed and recommended texts available through the RMIT library eReserve, internet links to relevant information and links to relevant YouTube video will support your understanding of topics 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through RMIT Student Website. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the RMIT Student Website. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the RMIT Student Website. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment 1: Quizzes 
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLO 1 

Assessment 2: Written assignment 
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3 

Assessment 3: Oral presentation 
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.