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ACE2165 : Applied and Experimental Human Nutrition (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module will provide an introduction to the scientific basis on which an understanding of human nutrition is built and upon which recommendations about dietary and nutrient intake are made. The module also covers topics in nutritional epidemiology, nutrition at different life stages as well as under and over-nutrition. Further from this, themodule will provide students with an opportunity to carry out human nutrition investigation developing teamwork through laboratory analysis and to develop their data handling and report-writing skills.

Outline Of Syllabus

Assessment of nutritional requirements and introduction to Dietary Reference Values
Assessment of dietary and nutrient intakes and nutritional status
Infant feeding
Nutrition, lactation and reproduction
Nutrition during adolescence
Nutrition in older adults
Introduction to nutritional epidemiology

Practicals (common elements to be included):
Assessment of dietary intakes and/or nutritional status
Body composition and Anthropometry

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion18:308:30Revision for and completion of Sem. 1 exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Practical report preparation.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture141:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion23:006:00Preparation for and completion of formative exams
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading128:0028:00Follow up reading using materials provided
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical38:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching102:0020:00Tutorials to support analysis of results and skills needed in written/oral scientific presentation.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Presentation of practical results / reports
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study156:3056:30Reading and research beyond the course materials
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module offers a unique learning experience for students to experience the theoretical background in principles of nutritional assessment and research. Students will engage with the material in private study and will be encouraged to revise the lectures for two formative exams.

The module is designed to allow students to learn state of the art research techniques and to apply them in a human intervention trial in a series of practicals and follow up tutorials . They will gain experience in writing a scientific piece of work since the report has to be formatted and structured like a scientific article. The presentation of results obtained in student workshops will require the students to practise their numeracy 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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M30Individual Practical Report
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Group Presentation
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written Examination1MFormative exams (30 minutes) used to check learning achieved and provide students with rapid feedback on development of knowledge
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The theoretical understanding of the module content will be examined by a formal exam at the end of semester one, comprising of both MCQ and short answer questions. The formal exam tests the students' knowledge and understanding of human nutrition principles. Formative exams during the semester allow students to test their developing understanding and get rapid feedback.

In semester 2, students will be assessed for their practical application of the gained knowledge through both a group presentation for practical 1 and 2, as well as a laboratory report for practical 3. 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 word processing and graphics used in the reports.

The split of 50% exam, 20% presentation and 30% final report reflects the weight of the time spend for preparing the presentation and overall revision of the module.

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