NUT1003 : Practical Skills in Nutrition 1

Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture72:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion18:008:00Preparation of report on food diary
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion45:0020:00Preparation of practical reports in nutrition, biochemistry and microbiology
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:001:00Sensory Analysis Practical
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical52:0010:00Computer practical - skills development
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00Laboratory-based practical skills in microbiology
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical34:0012:00Laboratory-based practical skills in nutrition and biochemistry
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Support for calculations qualitative and quantitative research methods
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Support for calculations qualitative and quantitative research methods
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study116:0016:00Preparation of food diary spreadsheet
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
NUT1001Academic 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
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 3: In course written worksheets and online assessment.
Practical/lab report2M5Laboratory report 4: In course written worksheets and online assessment.
Practical/lab report2M80Full 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.

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