Courses & Units

Human Nutritional Biology CXA289


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
Unit code CXA289
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Stephen Myers
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


International students
Domestic students

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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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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

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
010913 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Teaching Pattern

Online Lecture (weekly 1 time) 2 hours, Workshop (Semester 12 times) 2 hours, Independent learning (weekly) 6 hours.

AssessmentQuiz (20%)|Case Study (40%)|Closed book exam (40%)
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You will need the following text [available from the Co-op Bookshop]:
Martini, FH, Nath, JL, & Bartholomew EF (2018). Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, 11th Edition (Global Edition). Pearson, NY.


Packaged with Martini, FH, Ober, WC, Nath, JL, Bartholomew, EF and Petti, K 2015. Martini’s Atlas of the Human Body, Pearson, NY.
Garrett, LK 2013. Get Ready for A&P, 3rd Edition. 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

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