Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeH315

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Learn about the fascinating role of food and nutrition in human health and disease prevention.

Today's emphasis on food and nutrition science has created a demand for qualified food and nutrition professionals. As a graduate of this course, you will find opportunities to work in careers requiring knowledge of nutrition, health, food analysis, sensory evaluation, product development, food safety, and more.

Add diversity to your degree by undertaking elective units in complementary areas such as health promotion, psychology, physical activity and health or exercise science.

If you are interested in a career in the food industry, undertake a food science major sequence, which provides knowledge and skills for employment in the food industry.

You may also choose to undertake an industry placement elective unit to get hands-on experience while completing your degree.

Professional recognition

Enrolled students and graduates can apply for membership of the Nutrition Society of Australian (NSA). If you choose to undertake the food science major sequence, you may also be eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST).

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$8,901Not applicable$30,800

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences, students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. In order to gain 24 credit points, you will need to study 24 units (AKA 'subjects') over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 16 core units (these are compulsory)
  • Completion of HSN010 Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety prior to your first laboratory based unit in this course.
  • 8 elective units which may be selected from any faculty (you can choose which ones to study)
  • No more than 10 credit points may be taken at level 1
  • At least 14 credit points must be taken at level 2 or 3

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

It is recommended that students take the Food Science major sequence. Alternative major sequences can be undertaken from undergraduate courses offered by any faculty at Deakin University (subject to unit and course rules).

Other major sequences available include:

Course structure

Core units

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2015 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

HSN101Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HSN103Food: the Environment and Consumers

SLE133Chemistry in Our World *

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HSN010Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety (0 credit points)

HSN107Physiology of Human Growth and Development

HSN104The Science of Food

HSN106Food Fundamentals

plus one elective unit

OR

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences *

Level 2 - Trimester 1

HSN209Food Security and Safety

HSN211Nutritional Physiology

plus two elective units

Level 2 - Trimester 2

HSN202Lifespan Nutrition

HSN210Nutrition and Food Promotion

OR

HSE208Integrated Human Physiology **

plus two elective units

Level 3 - Trimester 1

HSN301Diet and Disease

HSN309Food Policy and Regulation

HSN313Sensory Evaluation of Foods

plus one elective unit

Level 3 - Trimester 2

HSN302Population Nutrition

HSN305Assessing Food Intake and Activity

plus two elective units

*Students who want to complete H718 Master of Dietetics pre-requisites must complete these units. Students who have completed VCE Chemistry 3 and 4 must still complete SLE133.

**Students who want to complete H718 Master of Dietetics pre-requisites must enrol in the core unit of HSE208 Integrated Human Physiology INSTEAD OF HSN210 Nutrition and Food Promotion, AND the following elective units:

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences (Level 1, Trimester 2)

SLE212Biochemistry (Level 2, Trimester 1)

SLE222Biochemical Metabolism (Level 2, Trimester 2)

Elective units

FOOD SCIENCE AND NUTRITION ELECTIVE UNITS

Electives are offered subject to availability of resources and quotas where applicable.

Trimester 1

HSN206Food Analysis and Quality Assurance

HSN213Current Controversies in Food and Nutrition

HSN307Sports Nutrition: Theory and Practice

HSN315Food Manufacturing and Process Innovation

Trimester 2

HSN204Food Microbiology and HACCP

HSN212Functional Foods and Biotechnology

HSN308Food, Nutrition and Society

HSN311Food and Nutrition Practicum ^

HSN320Trends in Product Development

Details of major sequences

Food Science

Campus

Burwood (Melbourne)


Unit set code

MJ-H000022


Units

These units may be taken as individual elective  units

HSN104The Science of Food

HSN204Food Microbiology and HACCP

HSN206Food Analysis and Quality Assurance

HSN212Functional Foods and Biotechnology

HSN315Food Manufacturing and Process Innovation

HSN320Trends in Product Development


 

 

Exercise Physiology

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)


Unit set code

MJ-H000029


Units

HSE201Exercise Physiology

HSE208Integrated Human Physiology

HSE301Exercise Prescription for Fitness and Health

HSE303Exercise Metabolism

HSE304Physiology of Sport Performance

HSE320Exercise in Health and Disease