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Unit Overview


This is a specialisation unit that involves extended application of biochemical knowledge of the various nutrients, food constituents and their function to the study of health and nutrition. This unit specifically focuses on the study of nutrient and non-nutrient bioactive components and how they function biochemically, physiologically, and metabolically in the food and health


6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) integrate knowledge and concepts of nutritional biochemistry into professional practice and industry-based case studies.; (2) demonstrate critical appraisal of nutrition information from both scientific literature and lay media; and (3) effectively communicate in written and oral forms scientific, nutritional and health information to a wide range of audiences.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) case study essay; (2) oral presentation; and (3) quizzes. 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 Michael Considine
Unit rules
Enrolment in
71520 Master of Biomedical Science
or CM004 Bachelor of Science and Master of Biomedical Science
Advisable prior study
Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry of Nutrition) BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell (ID 1746), BIOC3004 Biochemistry in Health and Disease (ID 1405), BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function (ID 1331), PHYL3003 Physiology of Nutrition and Metabolism (ID 502), PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems (ID 160)
, BIOC3005 Cellular Biochemistry (ID 1430)
Contact hours
lectures: one 45 minute lecture per week

workshops/seminars: 1.5 hours per fortnight for up to 12 weeks
  • 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.