Module Catalogue

ACE2138 : Nutrition throughout the Lifecycle

  • Offered for Year: 2015/16
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lourdes Santos-Merx
  • Owning School: Agriculture, Food & Rural Development
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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.

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 old age
Introduction to nutritional epidemiology

Assessment of dietary intakes and nutritional status
Body composition and Anthropometry

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion114:0014:00Preparation for and completion of Student led presentations
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:201:20Semester 1 examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:306:00Revision for Semester 1 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical28:0016:00Practical
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Practical tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study145:2545:25Background reading and writing up lecture notes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module offers a broad learning experience for students to experience first hand the basic nutrition assessment tools in relation to dietary and nutrient intake, anthropometry and biochemical assessments carried out in practical classes. This combined with the theoretical background given in the lectures offers students a unique learning experience in principles of nutritional assessment and research. Data from practical classes are discussed in the small group teaching sessions.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A80The final exam is a multiple-choice questionnaire and/or short-response questions covering all aspects of the lectures
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
ACE2038Nutrition in the Lifecycle1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M20Student led presentations
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The split in assessment between formal exam and continuously assessed work reflects the split between the theoretical and practical components of the module. The formal exam tests the students' knowledge and understanding of basic human nutrition principles and the student led presentations expand knowledge and understanding on topic integral to the module. The split of 80% exam and 20% student led presentations reflects the weight of the time spent for preparing the reports and overall revision of the module.

Reading Lists