NUTRITIONAL ASPECTS OF PREGNANCY, INFANCY & CHILDHOOD - 2021/2
Module code: BMSM006
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A module summarising the state of the art and 'hot topics' in the field of nutritional management of pregnancy, infancy and childlhood.
School of Biosciences and Medicine
HART Kathryn (Biosc & Med)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: B400
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
Some or all of the following topics
• Pre-conceptual nutrition and nutritional infertility
• Physiology and metabolic demands of pregnancy and lactation: body composition, weight gain, energy costs of pregnancy and lactation, managing maternal obesity
• Nutritional needs of pregnancy and lactation: essential fatty acids - effects of deficiency on development of brain and vision etc.; folic acid and neural tube defects; fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins; calcium needs in relation to fetal growth and lactation; iron - effects of deficiency on mental and motor development etc., trace element nutrition; nutritional causes of low birth weight and reduced linear growth
• Nutritional aspects of pre-eclampsia
• Feeding the infant: nutrient requirements; human and substitute milks; weaning and weaning foods
• Childhood: nutritional needs for normal growth and development; assessment; the healthy diet; development of healthy eating habits, nutrition and school, obesity in children management of fussy eatinG
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||Coursework assignments collectively comprising a maximum of 5000 words, which may include a compulsory element.||100|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their subject knowledge and understanding (see above) and the development of their cognitive and transferable skills (see above) through the assimilation and appraisal of the literature to address the coursework questions.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• Coursework: a range of subject areas are assessed, demonstrating learning outcomes across the range for the module
• Students are required to submit electronically on a set deadline two months following the module.
Formative assessment and feedback
Students will receive feedback electronically in SurreyLearn and Module Organisers will be available for
further discussion if necessary.
- To examine the role of nutrition in optimal conception and pregnancy outcomes
- To investigate how the nutritional requirements of infants may be met by milk feeding (human & formula) and differing approaches to complementary feeding
- To explore the factors affecting children's food choices and eating behaviours and strategies for promoting healthy food choices across a variety of settings, including in schools
- To examine the role of nutrition in supporting optimal growth and development across childhood and into adult life, including the identification and management of ‘at risk' nutrients and ‘at risk’ groups or individuals
|1||Describe the role of optimal nutritional status in successful conception, pregnancy and lactation including the roles for specific micronutrients and trace elements||K|
|2||Discuss the recommended nutritional requirements of the full-term infant and how these may be met by human milk and currently available artificial milk formulae||K|
|3||Relate the factors involved in the development of eating patterns and shaping of food choices to nutritionally ‘at risk' groups within the infant and child populations||K|
|4||Critically evaluate the role of nutrition in fertility||C|
|5||Critically examine theories of infant feeding and food preference development||C|
|6||Evaluate available strategies for the prevention and treatment of maternal and childhood obesity||C|
|7||Appraisal of strategies for promoting positive eating behaviours in the home and school settings||T|
|8||Evaluate the impact of appropriate nutritional counselling strategies for pregnant, infant and child populations in own professional practice||T|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 125
Lecture Hours: 25
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to be aligned with the descriptor for qualification at level 7 in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) produced by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
The learning and teaching methods include:
• Pre-reading and critical appraisal of scientific publications and websites
• Lectures & seminars
• In class small group work
• In class discussions and debate
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.
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This module is only available to students on the Nutritional Medicine programme.
Programmes this module appears in
|Nutritional Medicine MSc||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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 2021/2 academic year.