ACE2037 : Experimental Human Nutrition

  • Offered for Year: 2015/16
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Georg Lietz
  • Owning School: Agriculture, Food & Rural Development
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module will provide students with an opportunity to carry out human nutrition investigation developing teamwork through laboratory analysis and use of computers for data handling and preparation of three laboratory reports.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students work in small teams of 3-4 individuals to carry out a series of specific nutritional investigations on human subjects and produce three laboratory reports. The overall scientific objectives of the experiment are met by the combined efforts of all teams.

Topics covered:
Design and execution of a nutritional experiment using human volunteers
Consideration of the ethical implications of such experiments
Analysis of dietary intake using both prospective and retrospective methods
Analysis of buccal mucosal cells, chylomicron fractions, blood and/or urine
Analysis of antioxidant status of buccal mucosal cells after dietary treatment
Statistical analysis of data and interpretation of experimental results
Preparation of three reports in a word-processed format.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion117:0017:00Background reading - beyond the course materials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion135:0035:00Preparation of practical reports
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical86:0048:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module is designed to allow students to learn state of the art research techniques and to apply them in a human intervention trial. They will gain experience in writing a scientific piece of work since the report has to be formatted and structured like a scientific article. Two other reports will be written on preformed datasheets and will enable the students to practise their numericy and computational skills and to engage with additional reading to answer specific questions.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M15Lab report on dietary assessment methods (2 pages including graphs and tables)
Practical/lab report2M15Lab report on anthopometry measurements and glycemic index (2 pages including graphs and tables)
Practical/lab report2M70Integrated laboratory report including data interpretation (6 pages including graphs and tables)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report1MFeedback on brief lab. reports given on a weekly basis
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The students' week by week performance in the laboratory is tested by 2 small lab reports. Assessment of the final report includes the ability of the student to research the literature, present results including statistical analyses in appropriate forms and interpret findings in the light of current theories by using relevant literature. There is explicit attribution of marks for the quality of the wordprocessing and graphics used in the reports.

Reading Lists


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