School Of Science

Nutrition and Health 1Western Sydney University Unit Code: 300933.2


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Sound understanding of undergraduate Level 1 chemistry and biology.

Equivalent Units
300649 - Nutrition and Health 1

About this Unit
Nutrition is the science that applies knowledge of the nutritional components of foods to ensure the wellbeing of the human body. This unit presents the basic principles and concepts of human nutrition including nutrient requirements, functions, deficiency symptoms and the effects of dietary excess as well as energy balance and weight control. Students will gain a general understanding of the macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and lipids in human metabolism, energy release and common diseases and disorders such as obesity, malnutrition, diabetes etc. The role of water and electrolytes in cellular and tissue functions, as well as alcohol metabolism and its impact on human health will be covered. The micronutrients are also studied, including the properties, general requirements, functions and the effects of deficiency and excess consumption of vitamins and essential minerals.

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