Module Catalogue

ACE3184 : Advanced Nutrition in Practice

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Aoife Murphy
  • Lecturer: Dr Saloni Kaur Dang, Dr Lourdes Santos-Merx
  • Owning School: Biomedical Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To provide an in-depth and current understanding of the fundemental aspects of human nutrition including the scientific bases for setting nutrient recommendations and dietary guidelines.

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) Nutritional surveillance (e.g. dietary patterns in different population groups and countries,
changing dietary trends over time)
2) Updated markers of nutritional status
3) Dietary reference values: current methods for determining requirements
4) Role of body composition as a modulator of nutrient metabolism and requirements
5) Current debate and controversies related to the use of nutrients or food components for maintaining health and preventing diseases through epigenetic mechanisms.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:151:15Completion of semester 1 examination.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for the first in-course written exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion400:3020:00Revision for semester 1 examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Preparation for case study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture401:0040:00Staff contact time to include 30 lectures and 10 tutorial sessions
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading140:0040:00Directed reading; use of recommended supplementary reading resources to extend knowledge
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Staff contact time to provide consultation to prepare for journal clubs and debate sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study114:4514:45preparation for journal clubs and debate sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study401:0040:00Compilation of lecture notes and follow up teaching 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 Examination752A502 from 3 exam questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M25case study as a group report up to 3000 words individual c. 1000 words
Prof skill assessmnt1M25Journals presentation/debate sessions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Using different types of assessments measures the various aspects of students’ learning and ability to synthesize and apply their knowledge. The use of varied assessment formats including a case study as well as presentations yield a deeper and more meaningful understanding of what students know and are able to do.

The exam tests the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of specific aspects of human nutrition and to integrate information from the lectures and additional reading into clear, well argued essays.

Reading Lists