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.


Session 2 (60)
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



One session


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.


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 2020. 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
Value %
Online question sets (3)
Energy balance report
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.