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PP3103 - Nutritional Physiology and Metabolism

Credit points: 3
Year: 2010
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences

This subject will cover the anatomy and physiology of the digestive tract (neural/ hormonal control of movement, digestion and absorption) and the metabolism of the major nutrients absorbed. These will be considered in the context of humans and domestic animals during growth, pregnancy, lactation and exercise.

Learning Outcomes

  • be able to draw on the similarities and differences among these species to understand better the types and amounts of nutrients absorbed and the ways these are partitioned and utilised by body tissues;
  • be able to update and discuss their knowledge of this subject by critically evaluating published research papers;
  • know of ethical considerations in human and animal experimentations and be able to appropriately manage and care for animals used in nutritional experiments;
  • understand the anatomy and physiology of the digestive tract of the human, pig and ruminant animal.
Prerequisites: (BM1000 and ZL1001) or (PP2101 and PP2201)


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 25-Mar-2010
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 30 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 24 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); tutorial attendance and participation (13%); practicals (27%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.