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NUT2001 : Macro- and Micronutrients

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To develop extensive, critical and applied knowledge and understanding of the sources and structure of nutrients, their digestion, absorption storage and metabolism in body and their requirements in health.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover sources, structure, function and dietary requirements of macro and micronutrients. Material will explore the distribution, digestion, absorption, bioavailability, transport, storage and excretion.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00PIP - Delivery of core material in lecture format
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00PIP - Delivery of core material in lecture format
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1112:00112:00Review of taught material & directed reading. Additional research and reading beyond taught material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00PIP - Cohort-specific tutorials. Students either attend human nutrition or animal nutrition
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00PIP - Exam preparation (essay questions)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00PIP - 2x1hr formative class tests (MCQ) to aid preparation for exam
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00Revision for exam
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 independent study, using the on-line resources provided to accompany lecture material. Students progression in learning will be monitored via the use of formative class tests (MCQ) and tutorials to develop the students skills in writing essays within a limited time period. This will aid students’ exam preparation.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100Invigilated 30 MCQ. True/false, ranking, numeric questions and 4 short answers
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests the ability of students to display their knowledge and understanding of the principles of nutrition. The multiple choice questions assess recall of knowledge and encourages student learning during the module. Short essay questions test the ability of students to demonstrate an awareness of the integrated nature of nutrient metabolism; and to write succinct and coherent answers. Where relevant, questions test the ability of students to solve appropriate simple numerical problems.

The formative PC assessments will give students the opportunity to practice MCQ exam questions under exam conditions and get feedback on answers.

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:
24h take-home exam with 120 min limit to consist of 4 short-answer questions.

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