FDS311 Foods for Health and Wellbeing (8)

Through a case study approach, this subject introduces a selection of mechanisms through which fresh and manufactured foods can promote specific health and wellbeing outcomes for different demographic groups.  The requirements of trials to generate efficacy data are considered, alongside market trends and the regulatory environment.  Processes through which functional foods or nutraceuticals can be manufactured to optimise bioactivity are reviewed.  Building on this knowledge platform, students undertake an individual literature-based research investigation of a functional food of their choice.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Prior to undertaking this subject, students should have a content knowledge equivalent to :

FDS102 Introduction to Food Science and Nutrition
FDS202 Food Microbiology
FDS203 Food and Nutritional Chemistry
FDS204 Food Formulation and Characterisation
FDS309 Food Processing and Preservation
FDS305 Quality Assurance
FDS310 Food Product Development
BMS208 Human Nutrition
NUT306 Nutrition for disease prevention

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to demonstrate effective research skills in gathering relevant literature from diverse sources.
  • Be able to compare and contrast the relative benefits and challenges of developing fresh and manufactured and traditional and novel foods for health and wellbeing.
  • Be able to discuss the requirements of presumptive, pre-clinical and clinical trials to generate evidence in support of possible health claims.
  • Be able to use an individual literature-based research strategy to critically evaluate a market opportunity for developing and/or marketing a selected food or food product for health and wellbeing.
  • Be able to use an individual literature-based research strategy to critically evaluate the evidence presented for the beneficial effects of a selected food or food product for health and wellbeing for a targeted country.
  • Be able to discuss the expected future trends in research and market opportunities for foods targeting specific aspects of health and wellbeing.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Definitions and examples of foods for health and wellbeing, including functional foods and nutraceuticals
  • Examining the mechanisms of and evidence for action of selected food products promoting specific health and/or wellbeing functionalities.
  • Research skills for foods promoting health and wellbeing
  • Fresh foods for health and wellbeing
  • Manufactured foods and food supplements for health and wellbeing
  • The regulatory and policy environment
  • Marketing of foods for health and wellbeing


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.