HSN211 - Nutritional Physiology

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Trimester 1: Adam Walsh

Trimester 3: Shaun Mason

Campus contact:

Waurn Ponds (Geelong): Katie Lacy





Incompatible with:

HSN201 and HSN701

Contact hours:

Campus: Burwood (Melbourne) and Waurn Ponds (Geelong) students: 1 x 2 hour class per week.

Warrnambool students: 1 x 2 hour online recorded classes

Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour online recorded classes per week


This unit expands on the knowledge acquired in HBS109 Human Structure and Function and examines the physiology pertinent to the study of human nutrition. Specifically, this unit will provide students with an understanding of: gastrointestinal system anatomy and physiology including mechanical & chemical digestion; nutrient absorption and pancreatic, liver and biliary system function; physiological mechanisms that control the gastrointestinal system; human nutrient requirements; renal physiology including body fluid homeostatis and water and electrolyte balance and excretion; energy use and control of energy balance; micronutrient use in normal cell functioning and physiological mutations that impact nutrient digestion and absorption.


Assessment task 1: One individual assignment (1200 words, 1 minute oral presentation) 30%

Assessment task 2: Fortnightly cloud (online) multiple-choice questions 20%

Assessment task 3: Examination (2 hours) 50%

Prescribed texts

Whitney E, Rolfes SR, Crowe T, Cameron-Smith D, Walsh A. Understanding Nutrition: Australian and New Zealand edition, 3rd edn, Cengage Learning, Australia. 2017. ISBN 9780170366670

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