BMSC11006 - Food, Nutrition and Health
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

The study of this unit will assist students develop their understanding of food, nutrition and health of Australians. The range of socio-cultural and environmental factors which influence food choices, nutrition behaviours, health and wellbeing, are considered. This unit has a focus on food and nutrition systems in Australia and their role in the development of nutrition-related diseases/conditions, food security and environmental sustainability. Food, nutrition and health develops aspects of study that are relevant to understanding the fundamental aspects of nutrition and health in Australia. Many students may also find it a useful general interest unit adding to their broader understanding of the interrelationships of nutrition and health.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Test 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Good mixture of quizzes and essay for assessment tasks and lots of opportunity to be involved in the course through group discussions. Student feedback course evaluation Continue to review assessment tasks and mixture of assessment tasks including group discussions and essays.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the common nutrition related diseases/conditions found in the Australian community.
  2. Describe and apply knowledge of historical and cultural differences in food habits of Australians.
  3. Apply knowledge of food and nutrition in the maintenance of health.
  4. Evaluate claims made on nutrition products and in nutritional advertising.
  5. Identify and appraise relevant scientific literature in nutrition and health.
  6. Describe food security and equity issues in health and nutrition in Australia.
  7. Discuss consumer concerns about food quality and food safety in Australian contexts.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Test      
2 - Written Assessment      

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. Communication  
2. Problem Solving            
3. Critical Thinking    
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work              
6. Information Technology Competence    
7. Cross Cultural Competence            
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Test        
2 - Written Assessment      

Prescribed Textbooks

Australia's food & nutrition
Author/s: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Year: 2012
Edition: Cat. NO. PHE 163 Publisher: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
City: Canberra State: ACT
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

This publication is available as a DOWNLOAD ONLY via the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) website (http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737422319).

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorSaman Khalesi Taharoom (s.khalesi@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

1 - Orientation and Introductions to our unit

Week 2 17-07-2017

2 - People & their environment

1 - Australia's food & nutrition

Week 3 24-07-2017

3 - The global food system

2 - Australia's food & nutrition

Week 4 31-07-2017

4 - The policy environment

3 - Australia's food & nutrition

  • Group allocations will be provided
  • Commence contributions to small group discussion forums (formative component of written assessment task)
Week 5 07-08-2017

5 - Food production

4 - Australia's food & nutrition

  • Continue contributions to small group discussion forums (formative component of written assessment task)
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

6 - Food selection

5 - Australia's food & nutrition

  • Online test #1 (opens 9.00 am Monday 21st August, closes 9.00 am Monday 28th August)
  • Continue contributions to small group discussion forums (formative component of written assessment task)
Week 7 28-08-2017

7 - Food waste

6 - Australia's food & nutrition

Week 8 04-09-2017

8 - Food & nutrient intakes - Part 1

7 - Australia's food & nutrition

  • Online test #2 (opens 9.00 am Monday 4th September, closes 9.00 am Monday 11th September)
Week 9 11-09-2017

9 - Food & nutrient intakes - Part 2

7 - Australia's food & nutrition

Week 10 18-09-2017

10 - Nutritional status & health

8 - Australia's food & nutrition

  • Online test #3 (opens 9.00 am Monday 18th September, closes 9.00 am Monday 25th September)
Week 11 25-09-2017

11 - Monitoring & surveillance

9 - Australia's food & nutrition

Week 12 02-10-2017
  • Online test #4 (opens 9.00 am Monday 2rd October, closes 9.00 am Monday 9th October)
Written Assessment Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Online Test

Assessment Title Online Test
Task Description

This assessment task includes a total of four (4) online tests to be conducted in weeks six (6), eight (8), ten (10) and twelve (12), respectively throughout the term.

You will be required to complete ALL tests.

Each test will include a total of 25 questions which relate to learning activities and lecture material provided from weeks two (2) through ten (10).

A one (1) hour time limit will apply for each test.

Additional information regarding these online tests will be provided in the unit Learning Guide and Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Each online test will be available for completion from 9.00 am on the Monday of their respective weeks and 'open' for completion for 1 week.
Return Date to Students Marks for each test will be available to students immediately upon completion of each test.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Marks will be allocated for each correct response (there will be no loss of marks for incorrect responses).

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students are required to obtain at least 50% of allocated marks for this assessment task, in order to pass the unit.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Students must access each online test via the Assessment BLOCK on the unit Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the common nutrition related diseases/conditions found in the Australian community.

2. Describe and apply knowledge of historical and cultural differences in food habits of Australians.

3. Apply knowledge of food and nutrition in the maintenance of health.

4. Evaluate claims made on nutrition products and in nutritional advertising.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

3. Critical Thinking

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

This task includes three (3) parts. You must complete ALL parts of this task.

Part 1 - Group discussions (Formative only - no marks allocated)

You will be:

  • Randomly allocated to a group (6-8 students per group) by the end of week 4 (following census date). Each group will be provided with an online group space on our unit Moodle site. Each group space will include a discussion forum (asynchronous) and chat room (as required).

  • Required to contribute discussion of your personal knowledge, concerns, opinions and/or experiences regarding one or more of the following topics:

      • Food labeling and food marketing in Australia (e.g. Your understanding of food labels, misdirection from marketing; television advertising etc);

      • Food-borne illnesses and the pathogens which cause them; and

      • Measurement of human health (eg. Body Mass Index, waist circumference, chemical analysis of blood, tissue, urine, faeces etc).

  • Expected to conduct your discussions prior to the end of week 6. Any delay in contributing to your groups discussions may negatively impact on the time available for you to complete subsequent parts of this task.

  • Responsible for working effectively in your group (please see details for Working in a Group in the unit Assessment Guide).

  • Expected to contribute (as a minimum) one (1) initial forum contribution; and at least two (2) follow-up contributions (Please see additional details in the unit Assessment Guide).

Part 2 - Discussion Report (20%)

You are required to develop a brief report (no more than 500 words) of your group discussions and group work. This report will include:

  • A list of students who 'attended' your group discussions;

  • A statement which outlines your role in the group and how well you worked in the group;

  • A list of the specific topics/issues discussed within your group; and

  • A statement which discusses your group's overall perceptions, opinions and experiences regarding the topics, and any levels of agreement or disagreement which were apparent.

  • At least two (2) examples/excerpts from your group's discussions to support your statement from above.

Part 3 - Essay (30%)

Based on your group discussions you will be required to conduct research of one (1) of the three (3) topics discussed in your group and develop an essay (~1500 word) that includes:

  • An introduction to the topic which you have researched;

  • A body section which discusses current understanding, practices, evidence and/or statistics related to these issues/topics in Australia, and

  • A conclusion which summarises your research and findings.

Additional details for this task are available in the Assessment Guide on the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Both Part 2 and Part 3 are due for submission on the same day but should be submitted separately to each task in the Assessment BLOCK on the course Moodle site.
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Part 1 - is formative only and no marks are formally awarded for this part. Part 1 is however an enabler for Part 2 (ie. if you do not complete part 1 you will be unable to successfully complete part 2).

Marks for Part 2 will be awarded according to how well (Complete; Somewhat Complete; Incomplete; Omitted) you meet the key requirements for the task. A table/marking sheet is included in the unit Assessment Guide.

Marks for Part 3 will be awarded according to the essay rubric included in the unit Assessment Guide.

Feedback: General feedback on the essay will be provided to all students. Detailed feedback will only be provided to those identifying they wish to receive detailed feedback when submitting their assignment. For more information please refer to the unit Learning Guide.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students are required to obtain at least 50% of allocated marks for this assessment task, in order to pass the unit.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Apply knowledge of food and nutrition in the maintenance of health.

5. Identify and appraise relevant scientific literature in nutrition and health.

6. Describe food security and equity issues in health and nutrition in Australia.

7. Discuss consumer concerns about food quality and food safety in Australian contexts.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence




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