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EDGU1003: Diet and Nutrition for Health and Sport

2024 unit information

In a world where nutrition advice is commonplace but not always accurate, learning the basics of good nutrition habits is vital for development and growth at all stages of the life cycle. If practiced correctly, nutrition can help prevent disease, assist in reaching health goals, influence sports performance and reach academic outcomes. This elective aims to equip students with the knowledge required to make informed food choices and gain skills in analysing their personal diet and nutrition habits. At the conclusion of the elective, each student will be a mythbuster of common diets, supplements and fads touted by the media, and be able to separate fact from fiction. Topics covered in the unit include the anatomy and physiology of digestion, the link between common diseases and nutrition practices, nutrition for sports performance, practical tips for shopping and cooking and the use of food to improve cognition.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Arts and Social Sciences

Study level Undergraduate
Academic unit Education
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None
Assumed knowledge:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. critique nutrition education models and how they can be utilised to select a healthy diet
  • LO2. understand the reasons for eating, influences on nutrition and the role of food and nutrition in daily life
  • LO3. identify macronutrients including carbohydrates, protein, fats and alcohol as well as micronutrients, using a range of information and contexts
  • LO4. understand how the body utilises food and water for fuel, growth, health and exercise
  • LO5. identify the benefits and limitations of different types of diets including vegetarian, weight loss and sports performance diets as well as fad diets
  • LO6. understand dietary problems such as child malnutrition, eating disorders, dehydration, food allergies, fad diets and vitamin deficiencies
  • LO7. analyse the nutrient content and adequacy of your own diet using computerised nutritional analysis software and apply your nutrition knowledge to address consequential nutritional problems
  • LO8. utilise the personal nutritional analysis of your diet to reflect, self-evaluate and improve your diet and nutrient intake
  • LO9. understand the effect that diet can have on chronic health problems such as diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome and heart disease.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive February 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive January 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive July 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Intensive February 2021
Block mode Remote
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Intensive July 2021
Block mode Remote
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Remote
Intensive February 2022
Block mode Remote
Intensive June 2022
Block mode Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Remote
Intensive February 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive February 2023
Block mode Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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