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Unit Overview


This unit covers the essential nutrients, their roles and sources; nutrition for different life stages; popular diets; nutrition and chronic disease; Indigenous nutrition; global nutrition issues; and regulation of the food supply.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) discuss the key nutrients essential for human health in terms of their roles and dietary sources; (2) outline the different nutritional requirements at various life stages; (3) illustrate the role of nutrition in the development and management of lifestyle diseases; (4) identify factors that influence dietary behaviour in Australia; (5) outline global nutrition issues including food insecurity and food ecology; (6) describe key aspects of nutrition policy and food regulation in Australia; (7) compare different methods for assessing nutritional status including the advantages and limitations of each method; and (8) demonstrate critical appraisal of public health nutrition information from both scientific literature and lay media sources.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assessed tutorial activities; (2) end-of-semester examination; and (3) dietary analysis infographic assignment. 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 Siobhan Hickling
Unit rules
PUBH1101 Health and Illness in Human Populations
or PUBH1102 Health and Globalisation
or ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or ANHX1101 Human Biology 1 (Becoming Human)
or ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or ANHX1102 Human Biology 2 (Being Human)
or ANTH1001 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society
or ANTH1002 Global Change, Local Responses
or IMED1001 Form and Function
or IMED1002 The Facts of Life
or IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
or IMED1004 Health and Society
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week
online activities 1 hour per week tutorials: 10 x 2 hour tutorial during semester
  • 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.