NUTRITION PROFESSIONALISM IN PRACTICE - 2020/1

Module code: MHUM013

Module Overview

This module focuses on developing the relationship between knowledge, professional skills and the practical application of working within a nutritionally related environment. The module will run over a period of four weeks, and the student is expected to attend the teaching and interactive sessions throughout the four week period. Students will be working together within teams and key communication skills and professionalism are key areas of development. This module is supported by a combination of direct teaching, as well as guided and independent learning. Students will be expected to liaise regularly with their peers and to contribute to group workshops equally. This module contains core Competency requirements to meet AfN requirements membership.

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

WILSON Juliet (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code:

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module content

Indicative content includes the following generic content, delivered by teaching sessions, workshops, guided learning


  • Leadership, resilience, self- efficacy,

  • Project planning and entrepreneurial skills

  • Guided learning: working in groups, liaising with peers

  • Use of media, webinar presentation

  • Critical review and feedback to peers

  • Critical review of area of nutritional science

  • Development of key resources for clinical practice to support nutritional intervention for the layperson

  • Familiarisation of AfN codes of competence, knowledge and standards where relevant

  • Job application and interview techniques


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation DEVELOP A GROUP EDUCATION SESSION 50
Oral exam or presentation EVAUATE AND PRESENT A CLINICALLY FOCUSSED INTERVENTION 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

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

Personal leadership, resilience and self-efficacy qualities/characteristics LO1

Communication and teamwork skills, including the development of presentation skills and the use of popular media LO3

Project management LO2

Develop the skills and practices required to effectively communicate complex scientific literature to a layperson LO5

Learning outcomes 6&7 may also be incorporated into assessments in terms of an overview of the students professional conduct and communication throughout the module, but in particular during the assessment of teamwork and media presentations.

Assessments are Summative.

Summative Assessment 1: DEVELOP A GROUP EDUCATION SESSION (PRESENTATION) 50% overall module mark


  • To include; working within a group to develop an element of a project

  • Process requires key communication, leadership, resilience, self-efficacy and professional skills

  • Liaise, plan and negotiate with team members; also share knowledge and support other teams to support their own project development.

  • All teams outcomes must align for a successful project ¿ Teamwork, communication, creativity and uniqueness are essential

  • Each group must create:



1. A 20 min live webinar which illustrates their end results and also explains in detail the process that they went through to achieve their results; resources, limitations, compromises, achievements, failures, if we could do it all again.

2. Documentation to illustrate key points from the above (Word, Powerpoint etc)

Academic mark (70%) : students will be assessed on overall content, accuracy, relevance, presentation skills, visual aspects, teamwork, use of digital media and Q&A session

Peer Review mark (30%) : students will be marked for learning content, ability to transfer knowledge accurately, uniqueness and creativity, transfer of knowledge (appropriate level, messages understood) , presentation skills

Summative Assessment 2: Evaluate and Present a Clinically Focused Intervention (PRESENTATION)


  • A critical assessment of the current literature associated with a nutritional intervention (max 500 words)

  • A 'healthy' 3 day menu to support the intervention

  • A video/webinar to provide information and support to a layperson (could do mock consultation)

  • Evidence of investigating and interaction with professional resources; such as professional groups, Links, networks

  • Provision of creative and informative resources (documents, tools, activities, groups) to support a layperson; liaise with resources and critic 

  • Prepare documentation to illustrate key findings and information and present live webinar to peer group. 15 mins



Marks are allocated for supporting documentation, webinar content + teamwork + presentation/communication skills.

Academic mark (70%) : students will be assessed on their literature review, 3 day menu plan, suitability of the methods for intervention, communication/ transfer of knowledge, relevance, presentation skills, visual aspects, teamwork, use of digital media and Q&A session

Peer Review mark (30%) : students will be marked for the relevance and usefulness of content, ability to transfer knowledge to the layperson, uniqueness and creativity, overall messages in the presentation, presentation skills

Module aims

  • To increase awareness, develop skills related to, and integrate leadership, resilience and self-efficacy
  • To develop project management skills and utilise key 'entrepreneurial' skills to support business and career development
  • To enable students to become confident in the use of visual media as well as develop/practice essential presentation and communication skills.
  • To review research relevant to a specific area of nutrition
  • To enable students to acquire the necessary skills and resources to transfer nutritional science to the layperson

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 To identify, evaluate and integrate, where possible, the key characteristics of strong leadership, resilience and self-efficacy P
002 Design, manage and create content relevant to a designated entrepreneurial project CPT
003 Establish and practice key communication and professional skills through personal interaction and media PT
004 Engage with, and develop a Professional Portfolio P
005 Develop the skills and practices required to effectively communicate complex scientific literature to a layperson CKPT
006 Critically review, and feedback to, a peer group CKPT
007 Gain insight and understanding of AfN professional standards of ethics, conduct and performance P
008 Gain insight and understanding of the importance of GDPR and protecting intellectual property issues P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 30

Independent Study Hours: 85

Lecture Hours: 10

Tutorial Hours: 25

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide students with sufficient guidance to enable them to work effectively within a team environment towards a common goal. Whilst lectures will provide the initial background for each topic, guided and independent learning will create opportunities for students to develop key professional and practical characteristics. Academic mentors will provide support during guided learning, where necessary.

The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Lectures (10): core learning content

  • Workshops and tutorials (25) : interactive learning content, support, discussion groups

  • Individual learning (85): investigating and developing individual aspects of groups work to support presentation content and delivery.


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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Other information

This module is aligned to the Core Competency 5 of the Association for Nutrition professional PSRB requirements.

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 2020/1 academic year.