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FMHU2001: Myth busting food and health

2024 unit information

The nutrition field is constantly evolving with new information emerging daily. Paleo, keto, fasting, superfoods, supplements to boost energy, organic foods, GMO foods are some of the examples of nutrition trends that you will explore in this unit. You will be guided by dietitian/nutrition experts to examine the facts from fiction based on scientific evidence. You will develop foundational knowledge in nutrition science, sources of nutrients and energy in the major food groups, and links between foods, dietary patterns and health. You will be encouraged to question common myths and search for answers through participation in workshops where topical nutrition issues and controversies will be examined. This unit is designed for all students interested in food, nutrition and health regardless of disciplinary major and highly relevant for those in health-related degrees.

Unit details and rules

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Nursing and Midwifery

Code FMHU2001
Academic unit Nursing and Midwifery
Credit points 6
EXSS1036 or EXSS1038 or EXSS1037
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. Demonstrate an understanding of nutrient composition of foods/food groups and the evidence-base used to develop the Australian Dietary Guidelines
  • LO2. Describe how different dietary patterns can help prevent obesity and other chronic disease
  • LO3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills around current nutrition trends (‘superfoods’, supplements, fad diets) and relationships with human health and well-being using scientific evidence
  • LO4. Search and synthesise scientific literature to answer common questions on nutrition and health
  • LO5. Discuss associations between organic food, health and environment
  • LO6. Communicate effectively using non-technical language to diverse audiences, applying tools and practices that will help you in your life-long learnings

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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