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D24NAM Nutrition and Metabolism
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students studying on the PGDip/MSc Nutritional Sciences programme

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  Metabolism in the Fed, Fasted and Starved States The role of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins as energy substrates. A review of how the metabolism of these macro-nutrients is integrated in the fed, fasting and starved states. Nutrition, Metabolism and Exercise Changes in metabolism associated with different forms of exercise. Current concepts of the role of nutrition in to enhance sporting performance. Disorders of Metabolism Consideration of some selected examples inherited disorders of metabolism and the metabolic rational for some of the therapies used to elevate their effects. Obesity Body composition and energy balance. Health, physiological considerations of obesity. Treatment of obesity. Diabetes History of diabetes. Role of insulin in regulating metabolism. Impaired glucose tolerance, metabolic syndrome, insulin dependent and non-insulin dependent diabetes. Diabetic complications. Treatment of diabetes. Cardiovascular Disease, Lipoproteins, Hyperlipidaemia and Atherosclerosis Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors, Structure and function of lipoproteins. Regulation of plasma lipoprotein concentrations. Genetic and metabolic basis of the hyperlipidaemias Nature of the atherosclerotic plaque and the biochemical mechanisms underlying its development.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks4 per week1 hour
Practical 11 weeks1 per week3 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Lectures 44 (60 minutes each) Practicals - One practical assessing macronutrient metabolism and measuring body composition. Each student attends for 3h at one of 2 designated times

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 60 2 hour Exam 
Practical 40 Laboratory practical write-ups (<2,000 words) 

Professor A Salter

Education Aims:  This module aims to enhance students' knowledge and understanding of the role of nutrition in a variety of physiological & pathological situations

Learning Outcomes:  Recall major factors associated with the metabolism of macronutrients during normal (healthy) metabolism Assess the impact of changes in macronutrient metabolism associated with common chronic diseases (obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease) Interpret the impact of genetic mutations/polymorphisms on pathways of metabolism and disease outcomes Conduct and evaluate techniques used in assessing macronutrient metabolism and body composition

Offering School:  Biosciences

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