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NUT2007 : Nutrition Assessment

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Anthony Watson
  • Lecturer: Dr Frances Hillier-Brown, Ms Susan Lennie
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of dietary assessment methods for determining nutrient intake in individuals, groups and populations. Students will also explore uses and limitations of methods assessing dietary intake, physical activity, body composition, and nutritional and health status.

Outline Of Syllabus

Principles of data management (GCP and GDPR)
Evaluation, selection, use and limitations of methods for research and practice in:
measuring energy expenditure
•       direct and indirect calorimetry, and non-calorimetric methods
measuring body composition
•       densitometry, total body water, total body potassium, DEXA, scanning techniques, bedside methods including anthropometry and bioelectrical impedance analysis
measuring food consumption and nutrient intake:
•       domestic food production, food balance data, household food purchases, food diaries, food frequency questionnaires, 24 hour recall, duplicate diet analysis, dietary history and food composition tables
•       technology-based nutritional analysis.
measuring static and functional biochemical tests for assessing nutritional status:
•       recovery and concentration biomarkers; blood, urine, hair, nails and adipose tissue; sample collection, transport and storage.
Statistical analysis and interpretation of data
An examination of nutritional surveillance systems in both developed and developing countries.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00PIP
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:005xhrs prep and delivery for OSPE. 20xhrs prep and delivery of coursework
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00Self-guided reading
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading51:005:00Self-guided online activities and reading (GCP & GDPR)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study144:0044:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching and learning strategies will encompass lectures and directed study to cover the theoretical background in principles of dietary intake and nutritional assessment.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100Invigilated Essay questions, choice of 2 from 3 - PIP
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The unseen envaulted essay questions will be used to assess knowledge outcomes. The students will be given 3 questions from which they will answer 2.

Reading Lists