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NUT1002 : Introduction to Human Nutrition

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Helen Mason
  • Lecturer: Dr Tom Clifford, Dr Emma Foster, Professor Thomas Hill, Dr Sharron Kuznesof, Prof. Chris Seal
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To familiarize students with current issues and controversies of relevance in human nutrition. To introduce students to topics of current interest in nutrition and to give an overview of nutrition and health. To understand how social and cultural factors are related to nutrition. To provide students with an understanding of recent research advances in nutrition and their application to human health. To inform students of professional issues in nutrition. To develop communication and study skills to enable independent learning at a HE level.

Students will engage with a range of current issues and controversies in human nutrition. The module will focus on deepening understanding of these issues and controversies through learning how to find, analyse and synthesise appropriate data and knowledge needed to critically examine these issues. Students will do this through a combination of lectures, presentations and group work. The module will include group presentations and information literacy and information technology skills developed in NUT1001 and NUT1003 to deliver this presentation effectively.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Introduction to module
2.       Strengths and limitations of nutrition as a science
3. Basics of Nutrition with specific focus on macro and micro-nutrients
4.       Contemporary issues in nutrition and health including the role of nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention
5.       Global food sustainability, insecurity and nutrition.
6.       Experimentation in nutrition including ethical issues.
7.       Professional development in nutrition and professional accreditation.
8.       Social and cultural factors and nutrition

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Revision and completion of final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Preparation and practice of oral presentation in groups
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture211:0021:00Delivery of core material in lecture format
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for formative exam
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading115:0015:00Research and reading beyond the taught material to extend/enhance knowledge.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading18:008:00Compilation of lecture notes and follow up teaching materials
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading113:0013:00Background reading of lecture/supplementary material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching14:004:00Student led seminar
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity114:0014:00Student-led group work: preparation for oral presentation and written report
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.

Oral presentation session:
Students communicate what they have learnt about a particular issue or controversy to their peers (skills outcome 5). This session will include peer assessment requiring an ability to practice knowledge outcome 4 on understanding assessment criteria.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1201A70Computer based MCQ exam combined with short answer questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M30Group oral presentation and summary on set topic.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MComputer based assessment of student understanding of delivered course material
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Oral Presentation: The oral assesses students' depth of understanding of a key issue/controversy in nutrition. It tests their ability to use information sources appropriately (knowledge outcome 2 &3) and to demonstrate that they have accessed a range of data sources which they have critically evaluated (skills outcome 1, 2 & 4). Preparation and presentation of the oral communication at the event assesses ability to learn in a group (skills outcome 3) and to communicate what they have learnt to their peers and staff (skills outcome 4).

Mid term and final exam: The exams are designed to assess the students understanding of key aspects of Nutrition, as well as professional attributes and ethical aspects of Nutrition(Knowledge outcome 1 to 4) and (skills outcome 1 & 2).

Reading Lists