NUT1004 : Fundamental principles of genetics and biochemistry for nutrition

Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


The aims of this module are to:
•       introduce the fundamental principles of human genetics and biochemistry in relation to nutrition
•       demonstrate the relationship between structure and function of DNA, RNA and proteins
•       introduce Mendelian genetics, population genetics and current concepts of molecular genetics applied to eukaryotes
•       provide an opportunity for students to interpret genetic information and work through problems in seminars, and relate their knowledge of genetics
•       introduce the molecular basis of cellular processes and the principles that underlie many biological events consider the implications in relation to health and disease
•       introduce some of the molecular and genetic techniques being used in the postgenomic era of genetics
•       demonstrate the relationship between structure and function of carbohydrates and lipids

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures and seminars cover the following topics:

•       Nucleic acids and proteins structure and function
•       Relationship between DNA, RNA and proteins
•       Replication, transcription and translation
•       DNA Sequencing and the human genome
•       Epigenetic mechanisms
•       Control of gene expression
•       Amino acid structure and function
•       Carbohydrates structure and function
•       Lipid structure and function
•       Cell division: mitosis and meiosis
•       Molecular techniques: PCR, gel electrophoresis, genotyping

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Formative class test
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1123:00123:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Lectures will define the scope of the course and communicate basic knowledge as a basis for further study.
2. Seminars will encourage students to develop their understanding of the subject and interpersonal communication skills. They provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and exchange ideas in a small group setting. Skills practiced include critical thinking, numeracy, communication & team working.
3. Private study is used for self-directed learning and includes: reading lecture notes and texts; preparation for seminars; using learning resources on the Web. Skills practiced include critical thinking, active learning, numeracy, planning and organisation and independence.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100MCQ format - approximately 100 questions
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MA mid-semester MCQ (formative), 80-100 questions will be provided to students under exam conditions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The end of semester examination assesses knowledge and understanding of the course material. The formative MCQ questions will help students assess their knowledge and understanding of course material as well as familiarise students with the format of a MCQ exam.

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