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NUT1001 : Academic and Professional Skills for Nutrition 1

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module aims to:

•       Develop scientific skills to enable independent learning at a HE level; in particular how to find, analyse, synthesise and present information appropriately.

•       Develop basic skills in operating computer software within a Windows environment in the context of reporting the output of research.

•       Introduce the application of statistical techniques to nutrition data.

•       Introduce students to practical skills essential to students studying the nutritional sciences.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       MS Office: MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Publisher.

•       Research skills: library search strategy, plagiarism and referencing.

•       Experimental design, basic data manipulation, interpretation and presentation.

•       Communication: essay structure, oral presentation, poster, scientific reports.

•       Practical: laboratory-based practical sessions in basic lab skills relevant to nutrition, biochemistry and microbiology. All practical skills strands will highlight the importance of laboratory health and safety.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion18:008:00Preparation of report on food diary
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion116:0016:00Preparation of food diary spreadsheet
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion65:0030:00Preparation of practical reports in nutrition, biochemistry and microbiology
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:3024:30Preparation of essay assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical42:008:00Computer practical - skills development
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:001:00Sensory analysis practical
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00Laboratory-based practical skills in microbiology and immunology
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical18:008:00Laboratory-based practical skills in nutrition and biochemistry
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical34:0012:00Laboratory-based practical skills in nutrition and biochemistry
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical14:004:00Seminar: student PowerPoint and poster presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Seminar: module reflection
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Support for calculations and quantitative research methods
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00Support for information search strategy, qualitative and quantitative research methods
Guided Independent StudyProject work124:3024:30Preparation of poster and oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity110:0010:00Preparation of reflective learning log and CV
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
NUT1003Practical Skills in Nutrition 1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

•       Lectures will provide an introduction to the module and provide information about using the internet to search for scientific literature, including use of scientific databases, and the critical analysis of such sources. They will provide information about qualitative and quantitative research methods used within nutrition, marketing and psychology.

•       Computer-based practical sessions to develop their MS Office skills, and to learn about sourcing and referencing information. In semester 1 students will write an essay on a relevant topic to their degree programme. In semester 2 students will work in groups to present an oral MS PowerPoint presentation and a poster.

•       Laboratory-based practical sessions will provide experience of laboratory work, information provided in practical sessions will include knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles of essential practical techniques and laboratory health and safety. Students will gain hands-on experience of a range of practical techniques and safe laboratory practice. Practical classes will enable students to develop their skills in recording and analysing biological data, carrying out scientific calculations and using computers. Students will use the data and graphs to produce a correctly referenced, correctly formatted, scientific report in MS Word . Practical sessions also provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and exchange ideas in a relatively informal setting. Wider key skills developed include critical thinking, data synthesis, numeracy and use of computer application.

•       Tutorials will provide students with the opportunity to develop their data handling skills using calculations, spreadsheets and to deliver an oral presentation on a scientific topic relevant to their programme of study. They will develop their chosen topics and critically assess work against assessment criteria.

•       Self-guided study and independent learning will enable students to develop their skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods where they will collect relevant data which they will subsequently use in computer-based sessions for data manipulation in spreadsheets and carry out basic statistical tests and learn how to understand, present and describe tables and graphs.

•       Self-directed study and independent learning also includes reading lecture notes and texts, preparation for tutorials and practical sessions, using learning resources on the Web. Skills practiced include critical thinking, active learning, goal setting and planning, information literacy and independence.

•       Reflective learning: a learning log will be produced to encourage students to reflect on their learning.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M20Essay with references (1000 words)
Practical/lab report1M5Laboratory report 1: In course written worksheets and online assessment.
Practical/lab report1M5Laboratory report 2: In course written worksheets and online assessment.
Practical/lab report1M5Laboratory report 6: In course written worksheets and online assessment.
Practical/lab report1M5Laboratory report 3: In course written worksheets and online assessment.
Practical/lab report2M5Laboratory report 4: In course written worksheets and online assessment.
Practical/lab report2M5Laboratory report 5: In course written worksheets and online assessment.
Practical/lab report2M50Full lab report (2000 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Poster1MOral presentation and poster
Reflective log2MA reflection on what was learned and how it was learned (1000 words) plus CV (2 pages)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

•       Essay will assess students’ writing skills, information literacy skills and ability to write a well-structured essay on a scientific topic.

•       Laboratory-based practical reports will test the students’ knowledge and understanding of practical techniques, ability to record and analyse biological data, ability to carry out scientific calculations and ability to use computer-aided learning packages.

•       Computer-based report will assess the students’ ability to design, collect, analyse and present qualitative and quantitative data.

•       Oral presentation and poster will assess the students’ oral presentation skills, information literacy skills and ability to work as part of a team.

•       Reflective log & CV assesses the students' understanding of their skills development.

•       The full lab report provides students the opportunity to develop scientific report writing skills.

•       Although there is some repetition in assessment of LOs, this is the nature of the skills module whereby skills learned are applied to many aspects of work.

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