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.

Availability

Session 2 (60)
Online
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS233. 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

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School 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.

Syllabus

This 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)

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS233 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Online question sets (3)
30
2
Energy balance report
20
3
Final exam
50

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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