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NUT1008 : Practical Skills for Nutrition

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Helen Mason
  • Technician: Mr Ross Valentine
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module provides an introduction to practical skills essential to the study of the nutritional sciences.

Outline Of Syllabus

Laboratory-based practical sessions will develop data collection, analysis and presentation skills relevant to nutrition, biochemistry and microbiology.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials71:007:00Non-sync pre-recorded delivery of lecture linked to practical session
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion102:0020:00Prep for bio, chem & maths tutorials. Completion of post-practical tasks. Practical skills test prep
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00PIP - Completion of assessment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading71:007:00Non-sync online background reading prior to practical sessions. Completion of pre-practical tasks
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical52:0010:00PIP - Practical sessions. Biochemistry & Microbiology
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical14:004:00PIP - Practical Sessions: Immunology
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00PIP - Practical session: Nutrition (green tea)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Sync online. Delivery of tutorials to support practical sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study136:0036:00Independent wider reading of topics
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00Sync online - Introduction and concluding lectures for Practical Skills in Nutrition.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture material will be provided online in advance of each laboratory session and must be completed before the student can attend the laboratory session on campus. The lecture content will include a presentation introducing the practical session, the relevant health and safety rules, the laboratory handbook, and animations/videos to facilitate students’ understanding of the methodology. An online quiz will assess students’ understanding of the principles and must be completed before the student is allowed to attend the laboratory session.

Laboratory-based practical sessions develop the knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles of essential practical techniques commonly used by nutritionists, and an awareness of safe laboratory practice. Students will develop their skills in recording, analysing, and presenting biological data (critical thinking, data synthesis and numeracy).

Tutorials are provided to consolidate and develop students’ knowledge of biology, chemistry and maths from their previous studies prior to university.

Public Health Contingency:
In the event of social distancing requirements scheduled practical sessions will be replaced with pre-recorded content delivered non-synchronously online.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M100PIP - Skills Assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students are expected to complete all pre and post-practical online work and assessments. It is in students’ best interests to understand and complete all work associated with each practical, as it may be assessed in the practical skills assessment. The practical skills assessment will consist of two sections. The lab-based component will assess students’ ability to perform basic laboratory techniques. The computer assessment will assess students’ ability to analyse and interpret biological data (these will be completed in the same session).

Public Health Contingency:
Professional Skills Assessment to be replaced with computer based assessment in the format of a 24h exam with 120 min time limit.

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