Module Catalogue

ACE2136 : Nutrition Principles (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Iain Brownlee
  • Lecturer: Dr Saloni Kaur Dang
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
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 absorbtion
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 StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30End of Semester Examination
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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study114:0014:00Independent 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 private 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 Examination901A70Three questions from a choice of five.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M30MCQ
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MMCQ
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 (1 summative and 1 formative) assess recall of knowledge and encourages student learning during the module.

Reading Lists