FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN NUTRITION - 2021/2
Module code: MHUM001
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This module is designed to equip students with the core knowledge of energy and the nutrients as a foundation to further nutrition modules within the MSc Nutrition programme.
School of Biosciences and Medicine
LAMBERT Helen (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
Introduction to the nutrients
Dietary Reference Values (DRVs), Healthy eating guidelines
Folate: homocysteine metabolism
Vitamin D and health outcomes
Micronutrients and bone
Iron & Zinc
Sodium & Potassium
The effects of food processing on nutrient content
Plant constituents in food (polyphenols, carotenoids, phytoestrogens)
Functional foods & GM foods
Nutrition in Pregnancy, lactation and infancy
Nutrition in Middle age
Nutrition in Older Age
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||CRITICAL REVIEW (1500 WORDS)||40|
|Examination||EXAMINATION (90 MINUTES)||60|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
presentation skills, insight and learning of a wide variety of nutritional topics which are fundamental to an MSc-level nutritional degree. Students can demonstrate creativity and novelty in their choice of presentation/essay topics.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- Presentation, essay, exam
Formative assessment Group presentation on a chosen topic.
Feedback verbal, during presentations and on SurreyLearn for essays and presentations. Verbal during a drop in session. Self-marking of practise exam questions.
- To provide an overview of the nutrients as an essential foundation for the study of Human Nutrition
- To provide an insight into the role of nutrients in health, disease and across the life cycle.
|001||Have a comprehensive understanding of the physiological and metabolic importance of the macronutrients||K|
|002||Have an appreciation of the dietary sources, absorption, utilization and metabolic functions of the nutritionally important micronutrients.||K|
|003||Have an ability to discuss the roles of particular nutrients in health and disease and at different stages of the lifecycle||K|
|004||Have a comprehensive understanding of the molecular and functional basis of nutrient requirements||K|
|005||Have the ability to critically assess current literature and recommendations for specific nutrients in health and disease.||C|
|006||Developed presentation skills||PT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Personal Tutorial Hours: .5
Independent Study Hours: 106
Lecture Hours: 41.5
Tutorial Hours: 2
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: allow students to develop bonds with their peers in order to foster a good team spirit which will be helpful in this, and future modules; to give all students confidence in the fundamentals of nutrition, despite a wide variety of academic backgrounds.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Lectures, seminars and tutorials. Student led presentations
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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Programmes this module appears in
|Human Nutrition MSc||1||Compulsory||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.