BMS208 Human Nutrition (8)

This subject examines nutrients and how the body uses nutrients including ingestion, digestion, absorption, transport, metabolism, interaction, storage and excretion. This is then extended to consider the role of diet and nutrition in therapy and disease states.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Orange Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS208. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to have completed 1st level Human Physiology and 2nd level Biochemistry.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the range of nutrients and recommended nutrient intakes, where these are applicable;
  • be able to outline the digestion, absorption and transport of nutrients in the human body;
  • be able to calculate the energy values provided by the macro-nutrients and use these in quantifying the energy requirements for healthy nutrition;
  • be able to describe the nutritional importance of water, water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins, minerals and trace minerals;
  • distinguish those special nutritional requirements during periods of physiological stress (eg during different stages of the life cycle including pregnancy and lactation, and during periods of physical activity);
  • be able to outline the principles involved in quantitative aspects of nutritional research (e.g. distinguish epidemiological studies from experimental studies);
  • be able to describe the role of nutrition in various disease states;
  • be able to discuss the links between diet and health;
  • be able to identify the role of pharmaceutical agents in nutritional therapy.
  • be able to demonstrate the principles of dietary analysis, and recommend appropriate strategies, as required, to result in optimal nutrition;


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • an overview of nutrition, the nutrients, nutrient intakes, nutritional assessment
  • digestion and digestive processes including absorption and the circulatory systems
  • metabolism, energy balance and body composition
  • water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins; body fluids and minerals, trace minerals
  • nutrition in fitness, physical activity and body adaptations
  • nutritional requirements during different stages of the life cycle (pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and aging).
  • diet and health, nutrition in various disease states;
  • pharmaceutical agents in nutritional therapy.
  • complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, especially with regard to herbal, phytochemical and other nutritional supplements


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.