Module code: BMS2071

Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to human nutrition for all students on nutrition-based degree programmes, with a focus on human nutrition for sport and exercise.

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

HULTON Andrew (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 110

Tutorial Hours: 38

Practical/Performance Hours: 2

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Amino acids; Maintenance growth and protein turnover. Essentiality and metabolic function. Nitrogen balance and determination of protein quality. Animal and vegetable sources of protein.

  • Fatty acids; essentiality and metabolic function. Lipoproteins and atherosclerosis. n-6/n-3 PUFA; inflammation and immunity

  • Glycaemic Index/Load. Dietary Fibre; Pre/probiotics

  • Atwater factors; Energy balance

  • Macronutrient MCQ in –class test on all of the above

  • Bone minerals and Vit. D

  • Oxidative Stress

  • Vitamins A, B vits, C, E

  • Minerals: Iron, Zinc, Selenium, Magnesium

  • Micronutrients group presentations

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test MCQ TEST 1 (30 QUESTIONS EACH) 15
Oral exam or presentation GROUP PRESENTATION 35
Examination UNSEEN EXAM (1 HOUR) 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • 1 summative MCQ test (each with 30 questions in 30 minutes covering half the taught module) – 15%

  • Group presentation on Micronutrients – 35%

  • Unseen exam:  1 hours, 2 essay questions out of 4  (Part A: 1 of 2; Part B: 1 of 2) – 50%

Formative assessment and feedback

  • Summary feedback on exam performance for all questions in the exam (within 4 weeks of exam sitting)

  • Formative assessment provided through revision/review tutorials spread over the module

Module aims

  • • To provide a sound understanding of nutritional principles in relation to the macronutrient and micronutrient components of the diet
  • • To provide an understanding of the biochemical characteristics nutrients in the human diet; function, requirements, absorption, transport and metabolism.
  • • To illustrate the concepts of nutrient essentiality.
  • • To develop the concepts of energy and nitrogen balance, metabolic demand, efficiency of utilisation and practically useful values for nutrient content of food
  • • To provide an understanding of food sources of macro- and micronutrients, the extent of intakes in the whole UK population and the important issues relating to human health.
  • • To develop the concept of food quality and an optimum diet with reference to animal and plant sources of macronutrients, and to highlight the role of macronutrients in the aetiology of disease including, protein energy malnutrition, obesity, cardio-vascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
  • • To provide an understanding of the use of nutritional ergogenic aids for sport and exercise.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe the energy content of the macronutrients in food and understand their interrelationships in both energy and substrate provision in maintenance, growth and development KP
002 Describe both the principal methods used in measuring food intakes in individuals and populations and the characteristics of current food intakes in the UK population KP
003 Discuss the potential influences of macronutrient intakes on chronic disease states KP
004 Describe the symptoms of micronutrient deficiency and appreciate the consequences of excessive consumption. KP
005 Describe the dietary sources and metabolic functions of the nutritionally important micronutrients KP
006 Describe the main nutritional ergogenic aids that are commonly consumed within sports and exercise for performance or health gains KP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Introduce the students comprehensively to all aspects of human nutrition in anticipation of both health and/or performance related placements and more detailed modules at level 3.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures (4 hrs/week with some free weeks for revision and consolidation of  knowledge)

  • Revision tutorials

  • Electronic voting

  • In-class summative MCQ tests 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.