BMS233 Nutritional Physiology (8)


In this subject students examine physiology pertinent to the study of human nutrition. The subject relies on a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology and extends students understanding of relevant topics with appropriate pathophysiological examples.

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Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

completion of first year human physiology

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe in detail the function of the gastrointestinal system;
  • be able to discuss the regulatory mechanisms that control the gastrointestinal system;
  • be able to explain the physiological and nutritional mechanisms controlling neural function, appetite and thirst;
  • be able to describe in detail the nutritionally related functions of the renal system;
  • be able to discuss some of the more important nutritionally related pathophysiological conditions;
  • be able to describe the changed nutritional physiology under conditions of stress such as exercise and over-nutrition;
  • be able to rationalise the various theoretical and practical aspects of energy balance and body composition assessment.
  • be able to describe the inter-relationship between nutrition and immune function;
  • be able to discuss the physiological basis of selected current issues in nutritional physiology.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Functional anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal system and accessory organs, including mechanical & chemical digestion, absorption and pancreatic, liver and biliary system function
  • Control of gastrointestinal secretion and motility (via hormones & neural reflexes)
  • Olfaction, gustation, thirst, hunger, appetite and interaction with the nueral system
  • Selected gastrointestinal pathophysiology and related conditions
  • Renal physiology including fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance and excretion
  • Renal pathophysiology including nutritional implications of renal failure
  • Energy balance, weight control and body composition assessment;
  • Altered nutritional physiology under "stress" conditions including exercise and overnutrition (obesity);
  • Interactions between nutrition and immune function;
  • Physiological considerations in sports nutrition (such as hydration, replenishment and ergogenic aids)
  • Current issues in nutrition (such as anaemia and skeletal health)


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.