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Unit Overview


This unit defines normal parameters of nutrition throughout life, including trace element requirements, energy balance and body weight. In addition, students gain a comprehensive understanding of metabolism and learn about several metabolic disorders, as well as diabetes.

Through a flipped classroom, active learning experience students engage with learning materials (i.e., videos, readings) in their study time as preparation for activities and learning in workshops and laboratories, which will be continuously assessed throughout semester. In this unit, students will also have the opportunity to develop their research, intercultural, and digital skills in a collaborative online international learning (COIL) project. Students will work in a cross-institutional team to examine a nutrition-focused problem regarding scientific, global and cultural perspectives. For this project students will prepare e-portfolios and reports, and are expected to engage in approximately 2 hours per week of COIL workshop activities for 6 weeks of the semester.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Biochemistry of Nutrition major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) examine human cellular processes, function and dysfunction which leads to disease at the molecular level; (2) execute skills in modern cell and molecular biology techniques; (3) demonstrate digital competencies and skills in information communication; and (4) effectively and appropriately collaborate in a culturally diverse environment.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) end-of-semester examination; (2) continuous assessment of engagement with learning materials and activities using online quizzes, e-portfolio and reports; and (3) laboratory component assessed using laboratory reports and laboratory skills test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Peter Arthur
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell
or Unit(s) BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function
or Unit(s) PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems
and Successful completion of
one Unit(s) PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells
Contact hours
Workshops: 18x 90 minutes
Laboratories: 3x 6 hours

Post-laboratory sessions: 3x 90 minutes
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.