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NUT3003 : Advanced Nutrient Metabolism and Requirements (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Thomas Hill
  • Lecturer: Dr Helen Mason, Professor Georg Lietz, Ms Susan Lennie, Professor John Mathers
  • 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 fundamental aspects of human nutrition including the scientific bases for setting nutrient recommendations. Through this strongly research focused module, students will gain a sound understanding of the relationship between nutrient intake, nutrient status 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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture182:0036:00PIP - lecture materials to deliver foundation content
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Preparation for the semester 1 assignment.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading136:0036:00Directed reading; use of recommended supplementary reading resources to extend knowledge.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00PIP - Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops51:005:00Sync online coursework briefing and exam prep workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study182:0036:00Compilation of teaching notes and follow up teaching materials.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study132:0032:00Reading and research beyond course materials.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will use interactive small group teaching sessions 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 Examination1202A60Invigilated end of module exam. 2 from 6 essay questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M40Research Project Proposal - 2000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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

The research project proposal enables students to gain an understanding of the research process from conceptualization of novel ideas, right through to hypothesis generation and the formulation of a coherent and convincing grant application to a leading UK funding body such as Innovate UK.

Reading Lists