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ACE3084 : Advanced Nutrient Metabolism and Requirements (Inactive)

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


To provide an in-depth understanding of the fundemental aspects of human nutrition including the scientific bases for setting nutrient recommendations. Through this module, students will gain a sound understanding of the relationship between nutrient intake and the maintenance of health in humans and an insight into research methods used in human nutrition research.

Outline Of Syllabus

1) Metabolism and biochemical roles of nutrients with a major focus on micronutrients
2) Nutritional surveillance and markers of nutritional status
3) Dietary reference values: methods for determining requirements including those which take a fundamental approach
4) Role of body composition as a modulator of nutrient metabolism and requirements
5) Risk assessment framework for setting DRVs and UL's for nutrients
6) Influence of genotype in determining the individual response to food and nutrients

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion122:0022:00Revision for and completion of semester 1 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture401:0040:00Staff contact time to include 30 lectures and 10 tutorial sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for the second in-course written exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for the first in-course written exam
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading140:0040:00Directed reading; use of recommended supplementary reading resources to extend knowledge
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study401:0040:00Compilation of lecture notes and follow up teaching materials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study138:0038:00Reading and research beyond course materials
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will use lectures and tutorials to deliver key information relevant to understanding the fundamental aspects of human nutrition including the bases for nutritional recommendations.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A602 from 5 exam questions
Written Examination601A20End of Sem 1 short answer written test
Written Examination602M20Mid term short answer written test
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exams test the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of specific aspects of human nutrition in short answers during the Module and in the final exam to be able to integrate information from the lectures and additional reading into clear, well argued essays.

Reading Lists