ACE2036 : Nutrition Principles

  • Module Leader(s): Dr Thomas Hill
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Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To introduce the scientific foundations to build a sound understanding of nutrition in the maintenance of normal function of mammals. To inform students about the concepts of nutrient requirements. To compare the structure and function of the digestive tract from different species focussing on adaptations to suit specific dietary regimes. To discuss the digestion of food and assimilation of nutrients and energy, using macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein and fat) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) as examples. To relate nutrient function nutrient requirements to normal health and development.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Overview of roles of the digestive tract
2. Cell biology of gastriontestinal epithelium
3. Digestion and absorption
4. Comparitive aspects of gut physiology

1. Energy values of foods and nutrients; calorimetry
2. Proteins and amino acids
3. Lipids
4. Minerals and trace elements
5. Vitamins

Assessment of nutritional requirements
Nutrient bioavailability

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:303:30Two hour examination and 2 x 45 minute on-line assessments
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion220:155:30Preparation for two in-course on-line tests (covering lectures 1-11 and 12-22, respectively)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion220:3011:00Revision for Semester 1 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Delivery of core material in lecture format
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading221:0022:00Directed reading; use of specific materials provided to extend knowledge
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading220:4516:30Lecture follow-up, check on, and supplement lecture notes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:3019:30Independent study; student research and reading of module topics beyond the taught material
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 independent study, using on-line resources provided to accompany lecture material.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A80Four questions from a choice of six.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M20Two, 45 minute, computer assessments each worth 10% in weeks 6 and 11.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests the ability of students to display their knowledge and understanding of the principles of nutriton. Essay and short answer questions test the ability of students to write succint and coherent answers. Where relevant, questions test the ability of students to solve appropriate simple numerical problems. The short answer/ multiple choice questions in the in-course computer tests assess recall of knowledge and encourages student learning during the module.

Study abroad students may request a take-away exam paper to be returned via NESS.

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