Chemistry Course for the Food, Nutrition & Sports Industries (Sydney)

Chemistry Course for the Food, Nutrition & Sports Industries

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Are you a professional working in the food, nutrition or sports industries who needs factual scientific information to communicate with clients? This course will provide up to date and targeted scientific-based knowledge to professionals working in these fields. Learn basic chemical, anatomical and physiological concepts as they relate to the food, nutrition and sports industries.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn to:

  1. Appreciate of the role of Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Human Physiology in Science and Technology.
  2. Demonstrate an accurate understanding of the elements of scientific language, representations, structures and symbols.
  3. Solve simple problems in both practical and theoretical contexts.
  4. Develop competency in scientific reasoning, analysis of problems and note-taking.
  5. Conduct independent research.
  6. Apply their knowledge and skills in their industry.

Course Content

Australia’s strong fitness, sport and exercise culture continues to support growth in many industries. An understanding of current scientific based facts continues to be important for continued growth of the food, nutrition and sports industries. This course will provide up to date and targeted scientific based knowledge to participants. This course will allow participants to take a step towards a deeper understanding of atoms, molecules, ions, chemical compounds, solutions, acids, bases and organic chemistry. These chemical concepts will be linked to the anatomy and physiology of the human body.

The course is tailored to reach audiences in the food, nutrition and sports industries that need factual scientific information to communicate with their clients.

The key topics covered include:

  • Measurements.
  • Atoms, molecules, ions.
  • Chemical compounds.
  • Chemical reactions.
  • Chemical amounts.
  • Solutions.
  • Acids; bases and pH.
  • Organic chemistry and molecules of biological importance.
  • Homeostasis.
  • Cells, tissues, membranes.
  • The Skeletal system.
  • The Muscular system.
  • The Respiratory system.
  • The Digestive system.
  • The Immune system.

Intended Audience

Any person with an interest in Chemistry and Human Anatomy and Human Physiology, including:

  • Food technologists.
  • Food and beverage manufacturers.
  • Nutritionists and healthcare professionals.
  • Exercise physiologists.
  • Personal trainers and coaches.
  • Fitness instructors.
  • Sporting associations.
  • Aspiring and professional athletes.
  • Any other professionals working in the food, nutrition or sports industries.

Delivery Style

A combined seminar and interactive workshop.

Course Prerequisites


Mirella Atherton is Course Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor for the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre (ELFSC). Mirella began teaching Open Foundation in 1998 while embarking on her PhD. She then left the University of Newcastle to work for the Australian Government in the National Analytical Reference Laboratory. Mirella gained detailed knowledge of chemical structures while working with a wide range of pesticides, drugs and steroids. Synthesis of narcotic drugs and steroids led Mirella to an interest in the law. She completed her law degree specialising in criminal law and tort law through Macquarie University in 2014. Mirella now teaches in Law and calls on experience as a volunteer for the Criminal Justice Support Network who assist intellectually disabled people at police stations and at courts.

Research Expertise

Mirella Atherton (as Mirella Keane) has research experience in organic chemistry. She began working with the anticancer activity of analogues of Cantharidin in 1994. This developed into the synthesis of specialised pesticides, drugs and steroids. Mirella Atherton’s current research involves assessing retention via student confidence in open access and undergraduate programs using “the third person effect”. Mirella is actively involved in measuring student engagement in the online and on campus environments, she links student confidence with student progressive and exam marks . Mirella is also currently involved in projects that deal with Public Private Partnerships, Alternative Dispute Resolution and banking practices in Australia.

Teaching Expertise

Mirella Atherton began teaching in the Open Foundation program in 1998 and has participated in teaching a range of topics and subjects.


  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Laws, Macquarie University

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