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Module

NUT1006 : Introduction to Human Nutrition and Practical Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Helen Mason
  • Lecturer: Dr Edward Okello, Dr Anthony Watson, Ms Susan Lennie, Dr Sharron Kuznesof, Miss Alison Barnes, Dr Suzanne Spence, Dr Gerry O'Brien, Dr Kirsten Brandt
  • Technician: Mr Ross Valentine
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module provides an introduction to the subject areas of nutrition.It aims to provide an overview of nutrition and health, an understanding of how social and cultural factors are related to nutrition, and will develop students’ communication and study skills to enable independent learning at HE level. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the role of the nutritionist, the professional context in which nutritionists work, including ethical issues. The module will also introduce practical skills essential to the study of the nutritional sciences.

Outline Of Syllabus

Teaching and learning will include the following areas:
Origins and development of the human diet and its diversity.Basic principles of nutrition (energy balance, sources, functions, DRV’s and deficiencies of macro- and micronutrients), global food security and sustainability, and social and cultural factors relating to food and nutrition in the UK and globally.
The module will also include an introduction to the roles and ethical boundaries of nutritionists.
Laboratory-based practical sessions will develop data collection, analysis and presentation skills relevant to nutrition, biochemistry and microbiology.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials23:006:00Reading material associated with practical :Biochemistry. Non-sync pre-recorded with task/quiz Sem 1
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Introduction to Nutrition: Revision for end of module exam(semester 1)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials71:007:00Delivery of lecture linked to practical session. Sem 1: 4x1 hr; Non-sync pre-recorded, Sem 2: 3x1 hr
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials21:303:00Delivery of skills for practical session. Non-sync pre-recorded, tasks to prep for pract sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Introduction to Nutrition: Preparation and completion of indivudual presentation.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion71:007:00Preparation for practical online test.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials161:3024:00Delivery of lecture content for Intro to Human Nut. Non-sync on pre-recorded with quizzes, exam prep
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical18:008:00Practical session:Nutrition (green tea) in semester 2 - PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00Practical sessions:Microbiology and Immunology. In semester 2. PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:001:00Practical session:Intro to sensory analysis. Groups 1 x1 hour session only. PIP sensory suit Sem 1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Practical sessions: Biochemistry (food fraud) PIP Lab-based session in semester 1.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00Introduction to Nutrition: Review of lecture material and associated recommended reading.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading71:007:00Background reading of material before attending practical sessions. Compl of comp task via online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Intro. to Nutrition: 10 min individual presentations attend one session only Sync online Sem 1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Del. of tutorials to support practical sessions bio. chem. numeracy Sync online (7x1hr S1, 3x1hr S2)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study146:0046:00Independent wider reading of topics
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00Introduction and concluding lectures for Introduction to Human Nutrition. Sync on-line Sem 1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk22:004:00Delivery of lecture content for Introduction to Human Nutrition. Synchronous on-line Sem 1
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
DTC1001Introduction to Nutrition and Dietetics
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module uses lecture materials to deliver key information relevant to the subject and to provide information upon which the students can extend their learning using guided reading and self-study to consolidate their knowledge.

Laboratory-based practical sessions develop the knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles of essential practical techniques commonly used by nutritionists, and an awareness of safe laboratory practice. Students will develop their skills in recording, analysing and presenting biological data (critical thinking, data synthesis and numeracy).

Tutorials are provided to consolidate and develop students’ knowledge of biology, chemistry and maths from their previous studies prior to university.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination451A25Online synchronous with time release computer based MCQ exam (remote), featuring 40 questions.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
DTC1001Introduction to Nutrition and Dietetics1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination1M25Online synchronous individual oral examination (remote) on social and cultural aspects of food intake. (7mins +3 Q&A)
Computer assessment2M50Online synchronous 60 min MCQ Test with time release (remote). 50 questions covering learning outcomes of all practical sessions.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The PC examination is designed to assess the students understanding of key aspects of nutrition.

The oral examination assesses students’ ability to gather and use information sources appropriately, and to demonstrate that they have accessed a range of data sources that they have critically evaluated. Preparation and presentation of the oral communication assesses ability to learn from peers and to communicate what they have learned to their peers and staff.

The computer assessment will assess the students' knowledge and understanding of practical techniques, ability to analyse biological data and ability to carry out scienentific calculations.

Reading Lists

Timetable