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Module

NUT3003 : Advanced Nutrient Metabolism and Requirements

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Thomas Hill
  • Lecturer: Professor Georg Lietz, Ms Susan Lennie, Professor John Mathers, Dr Helen Mason
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for the first in-course written exam.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Preparation for the semester 1 assignment.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials142:0028:00Non sync online lecture materials to deliver foundation content via recordings and activities
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading136:0036:00Directed reading; use of recommended supplementary reading resources to extend knowledge.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching52:0010:00Tutorials: Delivery (all PIP teaching) S 1: Two sessions (4 hours) Sr 2: Three sessions (6 hour
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops81:008:00PIP workshops to discuss foundation content
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study132:0032:00Reading and research beyond course materials.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study182:0036:00Compilation of teaching notes and follow up teaching materials.
Total200:00
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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M30Research Project Proposal - 2000 words
Essay1M70Critical Essay - students will be required to complete the essay over a 6 day period. (1200 word count)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay 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

Timetable