Module Catalogue

ACE3186 : Human Nutrition in Health and Disease

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lourdes Santos-Merx
  • Lecturer: Dr Gladys Chu
  • Owning School: Biomedical Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To utilise recent literature to inform a consideration of the relationships between diet and health and to provide rational approaches to the interpretation of this literature. To provide students with an understanding of the part played by diet in the aetiology, prevention and treatment of disease.

Outline Of Syllabus

A. Lectures

Lectures will cover nutritional epidemiology, current public health policy and promotion, therapeutic diets, enteral and parenteral nutrition, and nutrition-related diseases. However, as this is a constantly changing field, with new health initiatives and advice and more nutrition-related diseases developing, this module will adapt its content to reflect this in order to stay current and relevant.

B. Seminar in semester 1:
Detailed analysis of one important recent publication as a poster presentations by students.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00Lectures to deliver foundation learning material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Semester 2 examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion300:3015:00Revision for examination
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading301:0030:00Directed additional reading of material identified in lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading301:0030:00Lecture follow-up, check on, and supplement lecture notes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching24:008:00Poster presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching124:0024:00Student preparation for poster presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Tutorial for poster preparation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00Student reading and research on module topics beyond the course materials
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module uses lectures to deliver key information relevant to the subject and to provide information upon which the students can extend their learning by private study, using on-line resources provided to accompany lecture material. The small group teaching allows broader discussion of relevant scientific publications and gives the students experience in critical evaluation. Students will practise their poster presentation skills in Semester 1, which will be of relevance to the final year project poster presentations in ACE3190 at the end of Semester 2.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A703 compulsory questions from a choice of 10 seen questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M30Poster presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests the students' abilities to produce clear and concise essays on topics which require integration of information from the lectures and additional reading and in particular to justify the views expressed by reference to appropriate experimental evidence. The poster presentation is the culmination of analysis of a recently published paper and tests the students' abilities to present a scientific piece of work in a precise and timely manner.

Reading Lists