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NUT2001 : Macro- and Micronutrients

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Helen Mason
  • Lecturer: Dr Gerry O'Brien, Professor Georg Lietz, Professor Thomas Hill, Dr Ruth Valentine, Dr Anthony Watson
  • 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 ActivitiesLecture21:002:00PIP - Introduction and conclusion to module
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture172:0034:00PIP - Delivery of core material in lecture format
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00PIP - Delivery of core material in lecture format
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Non-synchronous activity. Two x1 hour formative class test (MCQ) to aid preparation for exam
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1100:00100:00Review of taught material & directed reading. Additional research and reading beyond taught material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Sync-online - Cohort-specific tutorials. Students either attend human nutrition or animal nutrition
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00Seminar: PIP - Exam preparation (essay questions)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study149:0049:00Revision 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 seminars 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
Digital Examination1201A100PIP Inspera Invigilated: A: 60 mins MCQ 30 qs/fill in blank, numeric, SAQ. B: 60 mins answer 2/4 essay questions.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Digital Examination1MPIP Inspera Invigilated Digital Exam, 60 mins, formative quiz to prepare for the summative exam
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests the ability of students to display their knowledge and understanding of the principles of nutrition. Section A assesses recall of knowledge and encourages student learning during the module. The essay questions in Section B 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 assessment will give students the opportunity to practice MCQ exam questions under timed 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.

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