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HSN301 - Diet and Disease

Unit details

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Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Shaun Mason

Campus contact:

Waurn Ponds (Geelong): Katie Lacy


HSN201 or HSN211



Incompatible with: HSN703
Contact hours:


  • Burwood (Melbourne) and Waurn Ponds (Geelong) students: 2 hours of classes per week.
  • Warrnambool students: 1 x 2 hour seminar fortnightly. Seminar attendance is not a hurdle requirement but attendance is strongly recommended.
  • Recorded Burwood (Melbourne) classes will be available to all students via CloudDeakin.

Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour online recorded classes per week and 5 x 2 hour cloud (online) seminars per trimester


This unit concentrates on major nutrition-related components of the major non-communicable diseases that affect the health of developed nations. Topics include: the metabolic syndrome, obesity (regulation of energy balance, health consequences, best practice dietary interventions); cardiovascular disease (atheroma pathophysiology, lipoprotein metabolism, dietary management); type 2 diabetes (T2D) (the role of diet and physiological mechanisms in the pathogenesis and treatment of T2D); nutrient-gene interactions (epigenetic methylation, histone modifications and single nucleotide polymorphisms); mental health (role of nutrients in the brain and effect on several significant mental health pathologies) and cancer (dietary components as indicators, promoters or protective agents).


Assessment task 1: Assignment (1000 words) 20%

Assessment task 2: Assignment (2000 words) 40%

Assessment task 3: Examination (1.5 hours) 40%

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