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Module

NUT3004 : Selected Topics in Food and Human Nutrition

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Thomas Hill
  • 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

i) To encourage students to develop a critical approach to the analysis of dogma and to the resolution of controversies. To enhance the student's ability to acquire, assess and communicate complex information both orally and in written forms appropriate to the audience. To provide in-depth exposure to current research in the areas of food and human nutrition.

ii) To encourage students to develop knowledge and understanding of a broad range of current issues relating to the area of Food & Human Nutrition that impact on human health, the food industry, and society. To encourage the development of skills in the assessment, and written communication, of complex information.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is divided into two integrated parts:

1. The first part uses a didactic approach. It will be based on case-studies, seminars, and assignments and will focus on new research, current official publications and controversial topics in the field of food and human nutrition. The module will provide a balance of subject matter representing the breadth of the degree programme.

The subject material will be chosen from a range of topics which are considered as ‘hot topics’ in the nutrition field, such as:

- Recent research on e.g. gene: nutrient interactions and the role of specific foods or nutrients in health and disease; their implications for both the food industry and public health policies.
- Novel food products and processes e.g. genetically-engineered plants and animals and development of modified fats and carbohydrates with specific technical or organoleptic properties.

Exposure to high level research: Students will attend a relevant meeting of a Learned Society or visit organisations with remits in food and human nutrition to hear from and meet leading scientists and to discuss current research issues.

Each student will be expected to prepare a written case study from a topic of choice from the conference

2. The second part of the module contains a non-taught component for aggregated assessment at the end of Semester 2. The purpose of this part of the module is to assess students’ cross-modular understanding of learning material across the field of Food & Human Nutrition.

There is no specific syllabus for this part of the module. Students will be guided on the purposes of the module, and the need to integrate material learned across the whole degree programme, in particular those topics taught at Stage 3.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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