NUT2002 : Applied & Experimental Nutrition
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Thomas Hill
- Lecturer: Professor Georg Lietz, Dr Helen Mason, Dr Emma Foster, Mr Karl Christensen
- Owning School: Biomedical Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
This module will provide an introduction to the scientific basis on which an understanding of human nutrition is built and upon which recommendations about dietary and nutrient intake are made. The module also covers topics in nutritional epidemiology, nutrition at different life stages as well as under and over-nutrition. The module will further provide students with an opportunity to carry out human nutrition investigations, develop teamwork through laboratory analysis and use of computers for data handling and preparation of laboratory reports and a group based presentation.
Outline Of Syllabus
Introduction to the module
Physical and clinical assessment of nutritional status
Reference Nutrient intakes
Dietary assessment and Food Composition
Nutrition in pregnancy
Nutrition in lactation
Nutrition in infants and children
Nutrition in adolescence
Nutrition in older age
Barker hypothesis and epigenetics
Practicals will include study of: Glycaemic index and dietary intake; anthropometry and nutrition intervention trial
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||18||1:00||18:00||Lectures to deliver foundation learning material.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||1||2:00||2:00||Lectures to deliver foundation learning material.|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||19:00||19:00||Preparation for formative and final exams|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||20:00||20:00||Preparation of practical report|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||1||2:00||2:00||Lab based session on Dietary Assessment.|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||53:00||53:00||Reading - recommended sources to consolidate learning and develop understanding of practical methods|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||3||7:00||21:00||Lab based sessions covering TC Culture, Glycemic Index and Anthropometry.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||3:00||3:00||Student led presentation of practical results|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||1||15:00||15:00||Preparation for student presentation|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||45:00||45:00||Research and reading beyond the course materials|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Scheduled on-line contact time||2||1:00||2:00||Formative assessment|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The module offers a unique learning experience for students to experience the theoretical background in principles of nutritional assessment and research. Students will engage with the material in private study and will be encouraged to revise the lectures for two formative exams. They are further encouraged to prepare a group presentation and to revise the lecture material for the final exam.
The module is designed to allow students to learn state of the art research techniques and to apply them in a human intervention trial. They will gain experience in writing a scientific piece of work since the report has to be formatted and structured like a scientific article. The presentation of obtained results will enable the students to practise their numeracy and computational skills and to engage with additional reading to answer specific questions.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||20||Group presentation on dietary assessment methods, anthropometry and glycaemic index parameters (15 minutes)|
|Practical/lab report||2||M||30||Integrated laboratory report including data interpretation (2000 words including graphs and tables)|
|PC Examination||1||M||MCQ exams on testing students learning progress|
|PC Examination||1||M||MCQ exam on testing students learning progress|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The theoretical understanding of the module content will be examined by 2 formative MCQ exams during semester 1 and a formal exam at the end of semester one, comprising of both MCQ and short answer questions. The formal exam tests the students' knowledge and understanding of human nutrition principles.
In semester 2, students will be assessed for their practical application of the gained knowledge through both a group presentation for practical 1 and 2, as well as a laboratory report for practical 3. Assessment of the final report includes the ability of the student to research the literature, present results including statistical analyses in appropriate forms and interpret findings in the light of current theories by using relevant literature. There is explicit attribution of marks for the quality of the word processing and graphics used in the reports.
The split of 50% exam, 20% presentation and 30% final report reflects the weight of the time spend for preparing the presentation and overall revision of the module.