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D24FON Fundamentals of Nutrition
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students studying on the PGDip/MSc Nutritional Sciences, Clinical Nutrition, Advanced Dietetic Practice, Sports and Exercise Medicine or Applied Sport and Exercise Medicine programmes.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the key concepts in the field of Nutrition, including requirements for macronutrients (e.g. proteins, carbohydrates and fats) and micronutrients (e.g. vitamins and minerals).

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 5 weeks1 per week8 hours
Computing 2 weeks1 per week1 hour 30 mins
Computing 1 weeks1 per week3 hours
Lecture 3 weeks1 per week4 hours
Lecture 1 weeks1 per week2 hours 30 mins

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:
The module will comprise lectures (approx 35 hours), computer-based teaching sessions (5 hours), individual tutorials (4 hours) and at least 10 hours of student centred learning. Co-taught with D24AN7

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 60 2 hour Exam 
Coursework 1 30 1500-2000 word essay 
Inclass Exam 1 (Practical) 10 Online test: Vitamins & minerals - one hour 
Inclass Exam 2 (Practical) Formative Online test: Energy and Energetics - one hour (formative) 

Dr J Brameld

Education Aims:  1) To provide a comprehensive introduction to nutritional science, including ethical issues. 2) To emphasise the scientific, evidence based approach to nutrition. 3) To illustrate the quantitative nature of nutritional science. 4) To develop scientific writing skills, including literature searching, essay structuring, referencing and avoiding plagiarism.

Learning Outcomes:  On successful completion of the module, students will be able to: 1. Explain the role of essential and non-essential nutrients in the diet, including both macro- and micro-nutrients. 2. Explain the factors that regulate energy intake and expenditure. 3. Apply numerical skills to nutritional problems. 4. Critique information from a range of sources on a specialist topic of current research in nutrition. 5. Report on the specialist topic using appropriate academic formats.

Offering School:  Biosciences

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