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NUT2002 : Applied & Experimental Nutrition

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Thomas Hill
  • Lecturer: Dr Emma Foster, Mr Karl Christensen, Professor Georg Lietz, Dr Helen Mason
  • 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


This module will provide an introduction to the scientific basis on which an understanding of human nutrition is built and upon which recommendations about dietary and nutrient intake are made. The module also covers topics in nutritional epidemiology, nutrition at different life stages as well as under and over-nutrition. The module will further provide students with an opportunity to carry out human nutrition investigations, develop teamwork through laboratory analysis and use of computers for data handling and preparation of laboratory reports and a group based presentation.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to the module
Physical and clinical assessment of nutritional status
Reference Nutrient intakes
Dietary assessment and Food Composition
Nutrition in pregnancy
Nutrition in lactation
Nutrition in infants and children
Nutrition in adolescence
Nutrition in older age
Barker hypothesis and epigenetics

Practicals will include study of: Glycaemic index and dietary intake; anthropometry and nutrition intervention trial

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation of practical report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00Lectures to deliver foundation learning material.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Lectures to deliver foundation learning material.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion119:0019:00Preparation for formative and final exams
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical37:0021:00Lab based sessions covering TC Culture, Glycemic Index and Anthropometry.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Lab based session on Dietary Assessment.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading153:0053:00Reading - recommended sources to consolidate learning and develop understanding of practical methods
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching13:003:00Student led presentation of practical results
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity115:0015:00Preparation for student presentation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study145:0045:00Research and reading beyond the course materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time21:002:00Formative assessment
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module offers a unique learning experience for students to experience the theoretical background in principles of nutritional assessment and research. Students will engage with the material in private study and will be encouraged to revise the lectures for two formative exams. They are further encouraged to prepare a group presentation and to revise the lecture material for the final exam.
The module is designed to allow students to learn state of the art research techniques and to apply them in a human intervention trial. They will gain experience in writing a scientific piece of work since the report has to be formatted and structured like a scientific article. The presentation of obtained results will enable the students to practise their numeracy and computational skills and to engage with additional reading to answer specific questions.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Group presentation on dietary assessment methods, anthropometry and glycaemic index parameters (15 minutes)
Practical/lab report2M30Integrated laboratory report including data interpretation (2000 words including graphs and tables)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
PC Examination1MMCQ exams on testing students learning progress
PC Examination1MMCQ exam on testing students learning progress
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The theoretical understanding of the module content will be examined by 2 formative MCQ exams during semester 1 and a formal exam at the end of semester one, comprising of both MCQ and short answer questions. The formal exam tests the students' knowledge and understanding of human nutrition principles.

In semester 2, students will be assessed for their practical application of the gained knowledge through both a group presentation for practical 1 and 2, as well as a laboratory report for practical 3. Assessment of the final report includes the ability of the student to research the literature, present results including statistical analyses in appropriate forms and interpret findings in the light of current theories by using relevant literature. There is explicit attribution of marks for the quality of the word processing and graphics used in the reports.

The split of 50% exam, 20% presentation and 30% final report reflects the weight of the time spend for preparing the presentation and overall revision of the module.

Reading Lists