Courses & Units

Human Nutrition CXA108


This unit sets the foundation for the study of food and its components. It will describe the role and function of macro and micronutrients essential for human health, their digestion and absorption, and relevance for the health of populations and individuals. It will introduce methods used to assess food intake and data analysis by the use of food composition tables, in relation to Nutrient Reference Values used in Australia. This unit is intended to provide a basis for further study in the area of nutrition. You will re-encounter several of the topics covered in subsequent units (CXA209 Nutrition through the Lifecycle, CXA228 Nutritional Assessment and CXA385 Nutrition and disease).


Unit name Human Nutrition
Unit code CXA108
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Matt Sharman
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire detailed knowledge of the nutritional requirements for, and fates of the major macro and micro nutrients and the roles of these nutrients in chronic disease, and the changing nutrient needs over the lifespan.
  • Develop applied skills relevant to the area of nutrition including ability to calculate ideal body weight, find and interpret up to date research on nutrition, and analyse the diet of and provide appropriate dietary recommendations to a wide range of individuals.
  • Communicate appropriate knowledge and practical recommendations using terminology appropriate to academic staff, peers and case study clients.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
069901 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,522.00

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Teaching Pattern

Face-to-face, 2 hour lectures weekly, 2 hour tutorial/practical weekly (13 weeks).

AssessmentDietary Analysis Assignment. (30%)|Test (30%)|Examination (40%)
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