Course Outline

NUT212 Principles of Nutrition

Course Coordinator:Anthony Villani ( School:School of Health - Nutrition and Dietetics

2024Semester 1


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Principles of Nutrition introduces you to the basic principles of nutrition across the human lifespan. You will learn the role and function of nutrients, dietary patterns and human health, nutritional requirements including deficiency and toxicity, nutrient reference values, food sources of nutrients, energy balance and appetite regulation, and common serve sizes of foods. The second half of the course covers special nutrient needs of people across the lifespan including pregnancy and lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence and nutrition for healthy ageing.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Learning materials – Students to engage with online learning materials including lecture modules, course worksheets and multiple choice questions 12hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Students to engage with online workshops (delivered via zoom) to consolidate online learning materials and provide assessment support 2hrs Week 3 4 times

Course Topics

  • An overview of nutrition: Research principles & Nutrient Reference Values
  • Dietary Patterns & Health: The Australian Dietary Guidelines & Australian Guide to Healthy Eating
  • Energy Balance & Body Composition
  • Protein & amino acids
  • Carbohydrates
  • Lipids
  • Water soluble vitamins  
  • Fat soluble vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Pregnancy, Lactation & Infant Nutrition
  • Ageing & Nutrition

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Describe the role and function of both macronutrients and micronutrients. Knowledgeable
2 Describe and interpret the nutrient reference values and outline how and why nutritional requirements change across the lifespan. Knowledgeable
3 Identify relevant nutrient deficiencies and toxicity symptoms with consideration for changes across the lifespan and vulnerable populations. Knowledgeable
4 Identify food groups, their nutrient composition and distinguishing nutrients. Knowledgeable
5 Explain the development of the Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and describe their application toward nutritional requirements for optimal human health Knowledgeable
6 Apply knowledge of food composition, food serve sizes, methods of assessing human energy expenditure and body composition assessment to various populations. Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


LFS103 or LFS112 or HLT100 or SPX103


Not applicable



Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

It is assumed that students will have basic knowledge in human physiology.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Students will be provided with early formative feedback through interactive quizzes online and throughout online tutorials.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Case Study Individual 20%
8 short answer questions
Week 5 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Artefact - Creative, and Oral Individual 30%
1 x standard page (e.g. PowerPoint slide or equivalent)
Week 12 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 50%
2 hours
Exam Period Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Workbook
The goal of the workbook is to provide students with the opportunity to showcase their learning from the content covered in weeks 1-4 using case study scenarios in the format of an interactive workbook
Product: Case Study
Interactive workbook including case study scenarios with short-answer questions. Further details will emerge throughout the semester. This is an individual assessment.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstration of knowledge of the theoretical content covered in the online learning materials
1 2 4 5 6
All - Assessment Task 2:Infographic
The goal of this task is to provide you with an opportunity to create an innovative and informative infographic which demonstrates your understanding of the role and function, food sources, nutritional requirements and health-related evidence for a particular micronutrient.
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Oral
You will be required to produce an informative, yet creative on a particular micronutrient. Your infographic should include (but not limited to) food sources, nutritional requirements, including deficiency and toxicity, relevant implications on nutritional changes throughout the lifecycle and the latest research/evidence for the selected nutrient. This nutrient will be randomly allocated to you at the beginning of the semester. Further details will emerge throughout the semester. This is an individual assessment.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstration of knowledge of the theoretical content, communication skills, suitable for professional academic presentations
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 3:Final exam
To show your understanding and apply knowledge related to the theory of human nutrition
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
A comprehensive, two-hour final examination of content taught throughout this course. Further details will emerge throughout the semester. Date to be advised.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the role and function of nutrients
Accurately identify the nutritional needs of people through the lifespan, including nutrients at risk.
2 3
Accurately describe specific nutrient deficiencies and nutrient toxicities.
Accurately identify and describe food groups and sources of nutrients.
Accurately apply knowledge of food composition and serve sizes to nutrition practice.
4 5
Define Australian Dietary Standards and describe their application to nutritional requirements

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Eleanor Whitney,Sharon Rady Rolfes,Tim Crowe,Adam Walsh 2022 Understanding Nutrition 5th Cengage AU

Specific requirements

NUT212 is delivered as an online course using a very deliberate and structured approach. It is therefore critical that students have access to the course text: Understanding Nutrition: Australia and New Zealand edn; 5th edition. Access to the 4th edition will also be acceptable.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment
Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:
a.	The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
b.	The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
c.	You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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