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MBHT5003: Obesity and Pre-diabetes: Prevention and Care

Semester 1, 2022 [Distance education/intensive on campus] - Remote

This unit of study will develop students' understanding of how to effectively manage overweight, obesity and pre-diabetes. It will facilitate increased confidence in the prevention and practical medical management of these conditions. Current data and concepts in epidemiology and classification and pathogenesis of overweight and obesity and pre-diabetes and related public health issues are addressed. An intensive focus on state of the art patient-centred management of obesity and pre-diabetes follows, including patient engagement with behavioural and psychological approaches, lifestyle interventions in nutrition and exercise, bariatric surgery, medication options and regimens, new technology and sustainability of outcomes. New technology to enhance health is a focus. Overweight and obesity, as well as pre-diabetes is examined with a personalised, case-based approach. Differing health care delivery methods, commercial options and team based approaches to care are explored.

Unit details and rules

Unit code MBHT5003
Academic unit Metabolic Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Sarah Parry,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Online task Module Quizzes
Online task
20% Multiple weeks 20 minutes each
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Online task Case Discussions
Case studies
15% Multiple weeks 300 words each
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Case Reports
Case studies
30% Multiple weeks 500 words each
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Written Debate Essay
30% Week 06 2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO8
Online task Short Answer Question
Short answer question
5% Week 13 300 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3

Assessment summary

  • Written Debate Essay: Students are required to write an essay based on one of 3 listed topics. These topics cover different aspects of understanding of the development and management of obesity which have been raised in the first 2 modules of this unit. The topics are written as statements or opinions and students are required to confirm the merits and validity of the statement by defining what issues are raised by the statement, undertaking a review of the literature around the issue/s raised and interpreting whether they feel the literature supports or refutes the statement.
  • Case discussions: There are three case studies which will be posted at set times during the semester. All students will be required to log onto the online discussion forum and contribute to the discussion around how to assess, plan and manage the hypothetical patient. Specific questions will be posted to help guide the discussion and keep it moving forward. Clinical tutors will be available online at set times to provide direction and answer questions. Each appropriate online student intervention which advances the discussion of the topic will be awarded 0.5 -1.0
    marks up to a total of 3 marks. An additional 2 marks will be awarded for responding to clinical tutors questions.
  • Case reports: Following on from the Case Discussions you will be presented with a similar case for which you will write a 500-word report using a template provided. There are 3 Case Reports following each of the 3 Case Discussions.
  • Module quizzes: There are graded multiple choice quizzes at the end of each module that address learning outcomes in material
    that students have covered. The quizzes are taken at a time of students’ choosing within an allotted time-frame. The quizzes are open for the duration of the relevant module. Students will have one attempt only. Questions are multiple choice.
  • Short Answer Question: Students are required to review learning material and then provide a response to a Short Answer Question. The response will need to be referenced appropriately and uploaded to Canvas.

Detailed information for each asssessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Module 1.1: energy balance and obesity, what is obesity and why is it a problem? Online class (10 hr)  
Week 02 Module 1.2: physiology of weight gain/loss Online class (10 hr)  
Week 03 Module 2.1: effectively manage overweight and obesity, initiating a weight management intervention Online class (10 hr)  
Week 04 Module 2.2: the basics of an effective weight control program Online class (10 hr)  
Week 05 Module 2.3: adjunctive interventions Online class (10 hr)  
Week 06 Module 3.1: applying the principles in practice, managing persons at high risk of weight-related illness Online class (10 hr)  
Week 07 Module 3.2: managing obesity in pregnancy and fertility issues Online class (10 hr)  
Week 08 Module 3.3: managing obesity in persons with mental health and disability issues Online class (10 hr)  
Week 09 Module 4.1: weight management in children and adolescence and other special cases, childhood obesity and obesity management Online class (10 hr)  
Week 10 Module 4.2: different approach to weight management Online class (10 hr)  
Week 11 Module 5.1: prediabetes, prediabetes definition and measurement Online class (10 hr)  
Week 12 Module 5.2: managing prediabetes and preventing transition to diabetes Online class (10 hr)  
Week 13 Module 6: the prevention of weight gain Online class (10 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Students are required to participate in an online workshop either by attending live or watching a recording in the week following the workshop. Canvas analytics will be used to monitor participation.

Short Answer Question assessment associated with the online webinar is a compulsory task, you are not able to pass this Unit of Study without completing this task.


Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. provide participants with a clear understanding of the definition, development and consequences of weight gain and obesity
  • LO2. guide participants to define the appropriate outcomes of weight management interventions
  • LO3. enable participants to identify persons at high risk of weight related illness
  • LO4. provide participants with the skills and tools to plan, initiate and review weight management interventions
  • LO5. enable participants to tailor intervention to address specific weight management issues that arise with different conditions
  • LO6. guide participants on the application of weight management principles in children and adolescents
  • LO7. explain the condition of prediabetes, its definition and assessment and the appropriate process of management
  • LO8. provide participants with an understanding of the spectrum of obesity management and the importance of weight gain prevention.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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