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NUT3001 : Nutrition in Health and Disease

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Georg Lietz
  • Lecturer: Dr Helen Mason, Dr Kirsten Brandt, Ms Susan Lennie, Professor John Mathers, Dr Andrea Fairley, Professor Thomas Hill, Dr Anthony Watson, Professor Ruth Valentine
  • 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 utilise recent literature to inform a consideration of the relationships between diet and health and to provide rational approaches to the interpretation of this literature. To provide students with an understanding of the part played by diet in the aetiology, prevention and treatment of disease.

Outline Of Syllabus

A. Lectures

Lectures will cover Nutritional epidemiology, current public health policy and promotion, therapeutic diets, enteral and parenteral nutrition, immunity, inborn errors of metabolism and nutrition related diseases. However, as this is a constantly changing field with new health initiatives and advice, and more nutrition related diseases developing, this module will change to reflect this fact. Lectures may cover the following topics grouped into semester 1 and 2:

Semster 1:
Nutritional epidemiology
Diet and Oral health
Promotion of healthy eating
Nutrition and Immunity
Inborn errors of metabolism
Nutritional deficiency diseases

Semester 2:
Therapeutic diets
Cardiovascular disease
Parenteral and Enteral
Food allergy and intolerance

B. Seminar in semester 1:
Detailed analysis of one important recent publication as a poster presentation by students.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion142:0042:00Student preparation for poster presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion300:3015:00
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion16:006:00Semester 2 Examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00PIP
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials60:303:00Delivery of online non-sync foundation learning materials - pre-recorded
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading302:0060:00Directed additional reading of material identified in lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:306:00Sync online - Poster presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00PIP - Interactive tutorial sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study136:0036:00Student reading and research on module topics beyond the course materials
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 private study, using on-line resources provided to accompany lecture material. The small group teaching allows broader discussion of relevant scientific publications and gives the students experience in critical evaluation. Students will practise their poster presentation skills in Semester 1, which will be of relevance to the final year project poster presentations in NUT3002/NUT3102 at the end of Semester 2.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70Online 24hr take home paper: Answer 2 out of 3 questions set from 10 seen questions (1000 words)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Poster1M30Online Synchronous Poster presentation (3 mins presentation followed by answering 2 questions on the presentation)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests the students' abilities to produce clear and concise essays on topics which require integration of information from the lectures and additional reading and in particular to justify the views expressed by reference to appropriate experimental evidence. Students will be given 10 exam questions at the start of the module and instructed that the exam will be made up of three of these exam questions, with a requirement that with a requirement that two of three questions would need to be answered". Students will not be informed which of the three questions will be chosen for the exam.

The poster presentation is the culmination of analysis of a recently published paper and tests the students' abilities to present a scientific piece of work in a precise and timely manner.

Reading Lists