Courses Handbook 2010

168999 v.5 Bachelor of Science (Nutrition)


Course CRICOS Code: 003887J
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 3 Years


This course combines theoretical foundations and practical experience ensuring graduates obtain the skills to be competent professionals in the food and nutrition field. In addition, staff have strong state government and industry links, ensuring graduates have extensive exposure to the working life of nutritionists. Nutrition is the science of how the human body obtains and uses nutrients from food for maintenance, growth and renewal of body tissues to sustain life. The study of nutrition is based on and integrated with the sciences of biochemistry and physiology. Nutritionists advise individuals and the community about food choices for a healthy and nutritious diet. Graduate nutritionists typically undertake one further year of study to specialise in aprofessional area, including dietetics, food science and technology, health promotion or teaching.

Specific Requirements

Compulsory field trips are conducted throughout the course. STAT elements considered are E and either V or Q. STAT applicants will be required to meet entry prerequisites by completing enabling units. This study may extend the duration of the course. Applicants for this course should refer to the Clinical Health Sciences section (see page 36) and Police Clearances (see page 5).

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This course is three years' full-time study, although first and second year are available for study on a part-time basis. Second and third year units cannot be undertaken before the completion of first and second years respectively.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Further Information

For more information about the program, contact staff in the Faculty of Health Sciences on telephone (08) 9266 4583, email:, or visit our website: See also Health Promotion/Nutrition (double degree).

Combined Degree Information

Nutrition may be combined with Health Promotion.

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1 Semester 1
1643 v.7   Human Biology 133 4.0 25.0
303168 v.3   Epidemiology and Biostatistics 180 2.0 12.5
311438 v.1   Global and Indigenous Public Health 180 4.0 25.0
7076 v.5   Chemistry 123 5.5 25.0
7713 v.9   Health Science Communication 180 2.0 12.5
Year 1 Semester 2
1644 v.7   Human Biology 134 4.0 25.0
302467 v.2   Introduction to Microbiology 132 3.0 12.5
303926 v.2   Food Safety 183 3.0 12.5
7077 v.5   Chemistry 124 5.5 25.0
7278 v.8   Nutrition 182 4.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 1
10627 v.4   Physiology for Nutrition 281 5.0 25.0
306154 v.2   Food Chemistry 281 4.0 25.0
311440 v.1   Epidemiology 286 4.0 25.0
313230 v.1   Principles of Biochemistry 283 5.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 2
10628 v.4   Physiology for Nutrition 282 5.0 25.0
2830 v.4   Nutritional Biochemistry 282 5.0 25.0
306155 v.2   Food Processing 282 5.0 25.0
8338 v.9   Nutrition 284 5.0 25.0
Year 3
300376 v.5   Nutrition and Food Science Stream 200.0
300375 v.4   Nutrition Stream 200.0


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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