Courses & Units

Nutrition and Disease CXA385




CXA385 Nutrition and Disease is designed to provide you with an increased understanding of metabolism in the human body and the role of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals in both health and under physiological stress of disease. The unit will cover a range of nutritional problems in the population, and the role of nutrition in the prevention and management of many common chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some cancers and dementia.


Unit name Nutrition and Disease
Unit code CXA385
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Matthew (Matt) Sharman
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 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 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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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.
  • 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.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010913 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable

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Teaching Pattern

Practical – 3 hours (4 weeks)

AssessmentMid-semester Test (15%)|Examination (50%)|Critical Review (15%)|Case Study (20%)
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Judith E Brown, 2017. Nutrition Now, 8th Edition. Cengage Learning.
You are encouraged to purchase this book, but it is not essential. Lecture content will be based on this text, and supplemented with additional material, particularly scientific journal articles during the semester.


Sareen Gropper, Jack Smith, Timothy Carr, 2018. Advanced nutrition and human metabolism, 7th Edition. Cengage Learning.
eChapters for all these text books available from Cengage Learning.

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