Nutrition across the Lifecycle

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Nutrition across the Lifecycle

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Health and Exercise Science, Human Development, Nutrition and Food Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    XNB151 or PUB201 or XNB172 or HMB172

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit covers nutrition as it relates to the life-cycle phases beginning with pre-conception and continuing with each major life stage through to old age. This unit further develops your knowledge of nutrition to an intermediate level and concentrates on the promotion of health and prevention of disease. The unit will focus on nutrition requirements and practical food based advice for each lifecycle stage as well as taking into consideration social and cultural food patterns such as vegetarianism.
    Learning Outcomes
    1. Describe and apply the nutrition care process and nutritional and anthropometric assessment procedures to individuals and groups;
    2. Identify and interpret the key issues and strategies relating to nutrition, promotion of health and wellbeing, and chronic disease prevention across each stage of the lifecycle in Australia and globally;
    3. Design food plans for promotion and maintenance of optimal health for different age groups; and
    4. Demonstrate professional communication skills of writing to a specific audience, evidence-based decision-making and reflection.
    • Physiological, sociological, cultural and situational components as they relate to food, nutrition and nutritional status of each of the life stages:
    1) Pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and lactation
    2) Infants
    3) Toddlers & pre-school
    4) Child & pre-adolescent
    5) Adolescent
    6) Adults
    7) Older adults;
    • Different food patterns as they apply to these groups across different social, religious and cultural contexts;
    • Considerations for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
    • Common nutrition-related chronic disease and population based recommendations; and
    • Collection of anthropometric measurements. Anthropometric variations based on cultural differences.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    This unit engages you in learning through a theory to practice approach. You will develop your critical knowledge of nutrition as it applies across the life-cycle. You will have opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills from lectures and readings in assessment designed to advance your application and synthesis of evidence based nutrition information. Both content and organisation is designed for you to assess your progress in the unit and the course and for you to gather evidence of meeting unit and course outcomes.
    XNB252 adopts a blended learning approach, which includes a two-hour lecture and two hours of tutorial time each week, augmented by self-directed learning activities, and group communication strategies in the online environment.
    Assessment name: Problem Solving Task
    Description: Under exam conditions, you will be expected to synthesise your knowledge of the nutrition care process, nutritional assessment procedures, nutrition and chronic disease prevention and planning for optimal health. This final assessment has a mix of application based multiple choice and short answer questions based on a number of case studies.
    Relates to objectives: 1-3.
    Weight: 50
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: End of semester
    Assessment name: Group Case Study
    Description: This assessment item will be undertaken in groups with a maximum of 4 students. It will be in the Pecha Kucha format. Slides are of pictures only and are accompanied by an explanation of key issues and strategies relating to nutrition and chronic disease prevention across the lifecycle. Each group will undertake the presentation and submit a rationale supported by evidence of the issue and strategies. Professional communication skills will be assessed.
    Relates to objectives: 2 and 4.
    Weight: 25
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Group
    Due date: Mid semester
    Assessment name: Essay
    Description: This assessment item is a magazine article written for the layperson explaining guidelines and providing food-based recommendations for a specific population group. You will be required to choose a target audience, identify and interpret the key issues and strategies relating to nutrition and chronic disease prevention, apply the nutrition care process and nutritional assessment procedures and write according to the specific guidelines of that publication. The publication will be accompanied by listing of evidence used.
    Relates to objectives: 1-4.
    Weight: 25
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Late semester

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