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NUT2005 : Nutrition Through the Lifecycle

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Anthony Watson
  • Lecturer: Ms Susan Lennie, Ms Roisin Devaney, Professor Thomas Hill, Miss Stephanie Wakefield
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aim of this module is to explore the influence of physiological, genetic, environmental and hormonal factors on human growth, development and maintenance in relation to nutritional issues throughout the lifecycle. Students will be provided with an understanding of changes in metabolic demands and nutritional requirements, and determinants of food selection through the human life cycle.

Outline Of Syllabus

Physiological, genetic, environmental and hormonal factors on human growth, development and maintenance and their impact on nutrition will be explored, with reference to current research, policies and guidelines, in relation to each of the following life stages:

• pre-conceptual;
• foetal life;
• pregnancy;
• lactation;
• infancy;
• childhood;
• adolescence;
• adulthood;
• ageing and senescence.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion138:0038:00Exam preparation
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials22:004:00Pre-recorded lecture materials to prepare for workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00PIP - Food handling lab practicals
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading41:004:00Self-guided reading
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading121:3018:00Self-guided reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops191:0019:00PIP - Workshops to discuss theoretical material delivered through directed study. 10x asynchronous pre-recorded lectures as prep for PIP; 9x synchronous PIP
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study82:0016:00Preparation for case study seminars
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will learn theoretical background in principles of nutrition throughout the lifecycle and through directed study and will engage in group workshops to apply information to key specific problems.

Practicals will illustrate aspects of nutrition challenges at various stages of the lifecycle.

Each workshop will utilise a case study to structure the learning. Students will work in groups to explore the
association between: physiology; genetics; environmental and hormonal factors across the lifecycle and discuss the dietary requirements of this case. Group discussion with facilitator support will provide an opportunity for formative feedback.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A100Invigilated MCQ questions (10) and a case study (1) - PIP
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module will be assessed through the use of an invigilated written examination. The scope of this module will be assessed through MCQ questions. Depth of knowledge and applied understanding of the module content will be examined by one case study.

The rationale for the assessment type is so students can demonstrate the use of the content taught and its
application to real life.

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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