This unit is designed to provide you with an in-depth study between nutrients and food components on the biological systems in the human body. Concepts in cell biology, evolution and human diets, hunger-satiety, and nutrient effects on orexigenic vs. anorexigenic pathways, the digestive system and microbiota and gut-brain axis will be covered. The unit will introduce basic genetic concepts and develop knowledge in nutrigenomics and epigenetics and its relationship to nutrients and food components. This will provide you with an increased understanding of the intersection between nutrients and food components on the biological systems in the human body.
|Unit name||Human Nutritional Biology|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
|Coordinator||Doctor Stephen Myers|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Discuss the function of cells and their relationship with nutrient intakes.
- Explain the evolution of human diets and nutrient and food component interactions with orexigenic and anorexigenic pathways.
- Discuss the relationships between the digestive system and microbiota, gut-brain axis, nutrigenomics and epigenetics with nutrient intakes and food components.
- Communicate human nutrition information using discipline specific terminology.
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Online Lecture (weekly 1 time) 2 hours, Workshop (Semester 12 times) 2 hours, Independent learning (weekly) 6 hours.
|Assessment||Quiz (20%)|Case Study (40%)|Closed book exam (40%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
You will need the following text [available from the Co-op Bookshop]:
Packaged with Martini, FH, Ober, WC, Nath, JL, Bartholomew, EF and Petti, K 2015. Martini’s Atlas of the Human Body, Pearson, NY.
There is an extensive range of cell biology/anatomy and physiology texts in the reserve and non-reserve sections of the University library at Launceston (including the recommended texts) that should be accessed regularly to supplement lecture material
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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