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NUT1005 : Human Physiology and Practical Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Helen Mason
  • Lecturer: Dr Emma Cockburn, Dr Michele Sweeney, Dr Deb Dulson, Dr Christopher Eggett, Mrs Pamela White, Dr Edward Okello, Dr Owen Jeffries
  • Technician: Mr Ross Valentine
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 15.0


To provide students with a detailed, critical, integrated and applied knowledge and understanding of normal physiological function in the healthy human body and to introduce basic data analysis and statistical techniques.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the structure and functions of the key physiological systems, including:

Cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, skeletal, muscular, integumentary, gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, immune, and reproductive systems.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:003:00PIP - Delivery of tasks to consolidate content covered in non-sync lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00PIP - Delivery of core material in lecture format (including ECG workshop and V02 max workshop)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials42:008:00Delivery core material in lecture format. Non-sync pre-rec with quizzes/tasks to support exam prep
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials33:009:00Delivery of core material in lecture format. Non-sync pre-rec quizzes/tasks to support revision
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1151:00151:00Independent research and reading.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00PIP - Practical Laboratory-based session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:001:00PIP - Practical Laboratory-based session
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities62:0012:00non-sync pre-recorded with quizzes/tasks - Intro to academic writing skills; data & stat analysis
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00Practical PiP Laboratory-based session.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading130:0030:00Review of taught material & reading. Additional research & reading of module topics.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00Background reading and preparation of the practical reports.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities31:003:00Delivery of practical information before practical session with pre-practical comprehension quiz
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00PC-based session online. Support for data & statistical analysis
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00Revision for exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00PIP - Introduction and conclusion to module
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SES1000Human Physiology and Practical Skills
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials define the scope of the course and communicate basic knowledge as the basis for further study. Practical sessions frame underpinning knowledge within a relevant context enabling the student to develop their understanding of the subject and its relevance to nutrition and exercise. The workshops provide an opportunity for development of skills relating to data analysis and academic lab report writing. Independent study is used for self-directed learning.

Students’ progression in learning will be monitored via the use of online tasks/quizzes. This will aid students' exam preparation. Tutorials will develop the students' skills in data and statistical analysis; and writing scientific reports.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination901A60Invigilated exam. 60 questions of variety including MCQ, short-answer, fill in the blank etc
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
SES1000Human Physiology and Practical Skills160 Q: Exam incorporates 70% of the same questions as the 75 min SES1000 exam. Remaining 30% examine additional content of NUT1005
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M40Practical lab report (1500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The online MCQ and short answer question PC examination will test the students' factual knowledge and understanding of facts and ideas from material covered in the module.

The practical report will be focused on one of the practical classes, which will be identified by teaching week 7. The report will develop student skills in data handling, statistical analysis and scientific report writing and written presentation skills.

MDiet candidates must obtain an overall mark of 40 or above to pass the module, however, if the module has more than one assessment students must also achieve a mark of at least 35 in each component of the assessment to pass the module.

Public Health contingency:
Exam to move to 24h with 90 min time limit (same format)

Reading Lists