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NUT1005 : Human Physiology and Practical Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Helen Mason
  • Lecturer: Professor Bernard Corfe, Mrs Pamela White, Dr Michele Sweeney, Professor David Kennedy, Dr Elisa Villalobos Villegas, Professor Christopher Eggett, Dr Miguel Garcia Dos Santos Xavier, Dr Deb Dulson, Professor Michael Taggart, Dr Callum Brownstein
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 15.0
European Credit Transfer System


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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials22:004:00Delivery core material in lecture format. Non-synchronous pre-recorded with quizzes/tasks to support
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00PIP - Delivery core material in lecture format and delivery of tasks to consolidate content covered
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00PIP - Delivery core material in lecture format (including ECG workshop and V02 max workshop)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00PIP - Introduction and conclusion to module
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials23:006:00Delivery core material in lecture format. Non-synchronous pre- recorded quizzes/tasks support exams
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Practical PIP Laboratory-based session
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading181:0081:00Independent research and reading.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00Practical PIP Laboratory-based session.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading130:0030:00Background reading and preparation of the Lab Report assignment.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading160:0060:00Review of taught material & recommended reading.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:001:00PIP - Practical Laboratory-based session
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities31:003:00Delivery of practical information before practical session. Non-synchronous pre-recorded tasks
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops82:0016:00PIP - Computer cluster workshops to develop IT skills.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00PC-based session PIP. Preparation for Digital Exam.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00PC-based session live online. Support for data analysis linked to practical sessions and assignment.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Revision for exam
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SES1000Human Physiology and Practical Skills
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and 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.

The formative Digital Exam will aid preparation for the Summative exam.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination1001A60PIP Inspera Invigilated exam using Inspera. 60 questions of variety including MCQ, short-answer, fill in the blank, numeric etc
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Human Physiology and Practical Skills145 Q: NUT1005 exam incorporates the same questions as the 75 min SES1000 exam. Remaining 15 questions examines additional NUT content.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M40Practical lab report (1500 words)
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Digital Examination1MScheduled on-campus formative digital exam to aid preparation for summative exam.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The online MCQ and short answer question digital 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 analysis, the professional presentation of data in graphs/tables, 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.

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