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NUT3003 : Advanced Nutrient Metabolism and Requirements

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Thomas Hill
  • Lecturer: Professor John Mathers, Dr Helen Mason, Professor Georg Lietz
  • 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 provide an in-depth understanding of the fundemental aspects of human nutrition including the scientific bases for setting nutrient recommendations. Through this module, students will gain a sound understanding of the relationship between nutrient intake and the maintenance of health in humans and an insight into research methods used in human nutrition research.

Outline Of Syllabus

1) Metabolism and biochemical roles of nutrients with a major focus on micronutrients
2) Nutritional surveillance and markers of nutritional status
3) Dietary reference values: methods for determining requirements including those which take a fundamental approach
4) Role of body composition as a modulator of nutrient metabolism and requirements
5) Risk assessment framework for setting DRVs and UL's for nutrients
6) Influence of genotype in determining the individual response to food and nutrients

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion122:0022:00Revision for and completion of semester 1 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture202:0040:00Lectures to deliver foundation learning material.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for the second in-course written exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for the first in-course written exam
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading140:0040:00Directed reading; use of recommended supplementary reading resources to extend knowledge
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching52:0010:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study202:0040:00Compilation of lecture notes and follow up teaching materials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study128:0028:00Reading and research beyond course materials
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will use lectures and tutorials to deliver key information relevant to understanding the fundamental aspects of human nutrition including the bases for nutritional recommendations.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A702 from 5 exam questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M30Written critical appraisal (1500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of specific aspects of human nutrition in short answers and the ability to integrate information from the lectures and additional reading into clear, well argued essays.

Assessment of a critical appraisal building on research-led topics covered in the module is designed to test students' abilities to integrate material across topic boundaries to develop understanding in selected fast developing topics and to present complex and conflicting information clearly in a written form. The assessed appraisal will also give experience in the assimilation and critical review of scientific literature.

Reading Lists