Nutrition: Healthy Eating

This micro-credential provides an overview of fundamental concepts in food and nutrition.

Students will learn about dietary guidelines and healthy eating; food composition including the six classes of nutrients and non-nutrient components of food; nutrient reference values; the major roles and functions of the principal nutrients and the metabolism of these nutrients in the human body; nutritional characteristics of the Five Food Groups; functional foods; concepts of energy balance; nutrient calculations; energy density of foods; assessment of diet quality and the relationship between diet, lifestyle and health. Each component of the micro-credential is divided into small, logically connected 'chunks' and includes short, interactive activities which allow you to revise and apply your new knowledge and skills to a real-life setting.

  • What is covered in the micro-credential?

    This micro-credential is composed of four modules:

    • What’s in Food?
    • Nutrient Recommendations
    • Australian Dietary Guidelines
    • Five Food Group Systems
  • Assessment

    • Module online tests
    • Assessment of diet quality
    • Part A – 3 Day Diet Diary
    • Part B – Assessment of Diet Quality Report
    • Practical/workshop participation
    • Final test
  • Should I attend?

    This micro-credential is designed for anyone interested in health and nutrition or food and wellbeing.

    This micro-credential incorporates 50 hours of learning over a 4 week period (12.5 hours per week), including at least one synchronous session per week.

    Nutrition: Healthy Eating - is the first in a series of three interrelated micro-credentials:

    1. Nutrition: Healthy Eating
    2. Nutrition: Role and Function of the Principal Nutrients (coming in 2022)
    3. Nutrition: An Introduction to Food Labelling and General Food Safety (coming in 2022)

    You may want to complete one, two or all three of the above micro-credentials. It is recommended you complete the micro-credentials order.

    International students: please refer to PACE Terms and Conditions prior to registering.

  • Pre-requisites

    There are no pre-requisites or assumed knowledge.

  • How will I benefit?

    You will discover:

    • the nutrient and non-nutrient components of food.
    • the link between food, nutrition, nutrition reference values and optimum physiological functioning and disease prevention.
    • healthy eating guidelines to providing food and nutrition advice.
    • nutrient recommendations into healthy eating and dietary guidelines.
    • the significance of the evidence base which underpins nutrient recommendations and healthy eating guidelines.

  • How will my organisation benefit?

    Your organisation will gain an individual with fundamental knowledge and skills in food and nutrition that can be applied immediately.

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  • Credit, Pathways, CPD Points and Certification

    • This micro-credential is worth 1 unit (5 credit points) towards the following award course: FOOD SC 1001WT - Nutrition I (3 units, 15 Credit Points).
    • Successful completion of all three micro-credentials in this series is equal to completing FOOD SC 1001WT - Nutrition I.
    • If you are interested in applying for a undergraduate nutrition qualification, once you are accepted, you can apply to use your micro-credential credit towards the following programs:
    • Participants will receive a soft copy University of Adelaide Statement of Attainment and Certificate of Completion.
    • A printed copy and/or a digital copy of your academic transcript may be requested.
    • This micro-credential may contribute to earning Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points or credit. Many professional associations accredit CPD at a standard rate of 1 hour of professional development / learning = 1 CPD point. This should be used as a guide only and confirmation should be sought from your accrediting body prior to registration in any PACE micro-credential or program.

Enter our online learning space

Your micro-credential will be delivered via our virtual learning platform and includes the following:

  • access to online materials including videos, interactive scenarios, readings and quizzes
  • resources created and curated by our world-renowned academics and researchers.

You will need:

  • computer or tablet
  • web browser Chrome or Firefox to view your micro-credential online
  • webcam, headphones and microphone
  • internet connection (broadband or 4G minimum)
  • notepaper and pen
  • a willingness to participate and engage with the instructor and other micro-credential participants
  • PACE micro-credentials are conducted in English. You are required to meet the University of Adelaide’s Minimum English Language Requirements, of IELTS Level 6.5 in all bands, in order to complete your micro-credential successfully.

Register your interest

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