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NUT2001 : Principles of Nutrition

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Helen Mason
  • Lecturer: Professor Thomas Hill, Dr Anthony Watson, Dr Gerry O'Brien
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To introduce the scientific foundations to build a sound understanding of nutrition in the maintenance of normal function of mammals. To compare the structure and function of the digestive tract from different species focussing on adaptations to suit specific dietary regimes. To discuss the digestion of food and assimilation of nutrients and energy, using macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein and fat) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). To describe how the metabolism of macronutrients are integrated. To inform students about the concepts of nutrient requirements. To relate nutrient function nutrient requirements to normal health and development.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Overview of roles of the digestive tract
2. Cell biology of gastrointestinal epithelium
3. Digestion and absorption
4. Comparative aspects of gut physiology

1. Energy values of foods and nutrients; calorimetry
2. Proteins and amino acids
3. Lipids
4. Minerals and trace elements
5. Vitamins

Assessment of nutritional requirements
Nutrient bioavailability

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture182:0036:00Delivery of core material in lecture format
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:0036:00Lecture follow-up, check on, and supplement lecture notes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Two hour examination at the end of the module and 2x1 hour exams mid semester.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching118:0018:00Revision for Semester 2 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching52:0010:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching19:009:00Preparation for two in-course assessments (one in each semester)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study147:0047:00Independent study; student research and reading of module topics beyond the taught material
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00Directed reading: use of specific materials provided to extend knowledge
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 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 Examination1201A50Multiple choice and short essay style questions
Written Examination1202A50Multiple choice and short essay style questions
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. Essay and short answer questions test the ability of students to write succinct and coherent answers. Where relevant, questions test the ability of students to solve appropriate simple numerical problems.

Reading Lists