Courses & Units

Nutrition Through the Lifecycle CXA209


This unit is designed to provide you with an overview of the nutrient needs of individuals for each of the major stages through the lifecycle. By examining the recommended dietary intakes for each stage, common nutritional problems will be explored. Starting from preconception progressing throughout life, with an emphasis on nutrition requirements for normal growth and development, and on the consequences of under and over nutrition. The role of nutrition in the context of the normal physiologic changes that occur with aging will also be examined.


Unit name Nutrition Through the Lifecycle
Unit code CXA209
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Kiran Ahuja
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Examine the particular nutritional needs of women during pregnancy and lactation.
  • Outline the specific nutritional needs of infants during the first twelve months of life and relate a knowledge of the physical, psychological and social stages of development to the nutritional requirements of the average child.
  • Apply a knowledge of the recommended dietary intakes for adolescents and adults to the psychological/sociological contexts in which food is selected and eaten.
  • Evaluate the most recent information about the nutritional need of older adults within the context of extended lifespans.

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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CXA108 or CXA208


Teaching Pattern

One 2-hour tutorial per week (11 weeks) , Independent Learning 2 hours (weekly)

AssessmentLiterature Review (30%)|Dietary Analysis (35%)|Examination (35%)
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You will need the following text:
Brown, JE 2017, Nutrition Through the Life Cycle, 6th Edition. Cengage.
ISBN: 9781305628007
You are strongly encouraged to purchase this book. Lecture content will be based on this text, and supplemented with additional material where deemed necessary by the lecturer. This book is also available to purchase as an eBook through Cengage Brain, for a lower-price than the print copy. Scientific journal articles as identified by the teaching staff may also be used during the semester.


Itsiopoulos C, Belski R, Thodis A, Shepherd S, Forsyth A and Tierney A. 2015. Food and Nutrition Throughout Life. Allen & Unwin.
ISBN: 9781743316757

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