NUT1003 : Practical Skills in Nutrition 1
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Helen Mason
- Lecturer: Dr Edward Okello
- Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||5|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||5|
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
• Experimental design, basic data manipulation, interpretation and presentation
• Communication: 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.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||7||2:00||14:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||8:00||8:00||Preparation of report on food diary|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||4||5:00||20:00||Preparation of practical reports in nutrition, biochemistry and microbiology|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||5||1:00||5:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||1||1:00||1:00||Sensory Analysis Practical|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||5||2:00||10:00||Computer practical - skills development|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||2||3:00||6:00||Laboratory-based practical skills in microbiology|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||3||4:00||12:00||Laboratory-based practical skills in nutrition and biochemistry|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||4||1:00||4:00||Support for calculations qualitative and quantitative research methods|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||2||2:00||4:00||Support for calculations qualitative and quantitative research methods|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||16:00||16:00||Preparation of food diary spreadsheet|
Jointly Taught With
|NUT1001||Academic and Professional Skills for Nutrition 1|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
• Lectures will provide an introduction to the module and provide information about quantitative research methods used within nutrition.
• Laboratory-based practical sessions develop the skills covered in the lectures and 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.
• Computer-based practical sessions to develop their MS Office skills in using spreadsheets to summarise quantitative data.
• Tutorials will provide students with the opportunity to develop their data handling skills using calculations, Excel spreadsheets and scientific report writing.
• Self-guided study and independent learning will enable students to develop their skills in quantitative research methods where they will collect relevant data which they will subsequently use in computer-based sessions for data manipulation in MS Excel and carry out basic statistical tests and learn how to understand, present and describe tables and graphs.
• Private study is used for self-directed learning and 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||1||M||5||Laboratory report 1: In course written worksheets and online assessment.|
|Practical/lab report||1||M||5||Laboratory report 2: In course written worksheets and online assessment.|
|Practical/lab report||1||M||5||Laboratory report 3: In course written worksheets and online assessment.|
|Practical/lab report||2||M||5||Laboratory report 4: In course written worksheets and online assessment.|
|Practical/lab report||2||M||80||Full lab report (2000 words)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Note: Lab report numbers are to match the corresponding lab report assignment in NUT1001.
• Laboratory 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.
• 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.
• The full lab report provides students the opportunity to develop scientific report writing skills.