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Module

NUT2002 : Applied & Experimental Nutrition

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Anthony Watson
  • Lecturer: Professor Thomas Hill, Dr Helen Mason, Professor Georg Lietz, Ms Susan Lennie
  • 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 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

Lectures:
Introduction to the module
Physical and clinical assessment of nutritional status x2
Dietary assessment and Food Composition
Nutritional epidemiology x2
Developmental origins of health and disease
Nutrition in pregnancy
Nutrition in lactation
Nutrition in infants and children
Nutrition in adolescence
Nutrition in adulthood
Nutrition in older age x 2
Double burden if malnutrition
Revision lecture

Tutorials will be used to deliver case studies for each part of the lifecycle.

Practical sessions will include a mock nutritional intervention where students will assess how dietary intake impacts glycaemic index. The intervention will include assessment of dietary intake and anthropometry.

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation of green tea report (assessmant 3)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials171:0017:00Delivery of core material in lecture format including integrated tasks. Non-sync online pre-recorded
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Student led presentation of practical results. PIP student presentations. (S 2)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Lab based sesson on Dietary Assessment. PIP semester 2
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading23:006:00Preparation and interpretation of practical results.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical17:007:00Lab based session tissue culture green tea. PIP synchronous. (S 2)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical24:008:00Lab based sessions covering TC Culture, Glycaemic Index and Anthropometry. PIP synchronous (S 2)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00Reading - recommended sources to consolidate learning and develop understanding of practical methods
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Lecture facilitated student discussion based on case studies - PIP (S1)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Q and A revision session. Online synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Practical support sessions PIP paractical support tutorials. (S 2)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Lecture facilitated student discussion session based on case studies. On-line Synchronous (S1)
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity115:0015:00Preparation for assessed student presentation (results from practical sessions 1 and 2).
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity122:0022:00Preparation for semester 1 assessment.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity18:008:00Preparation for case study bases tutorials.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study131:0031:00Research and reading beyond the course materials.
Total200:00
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 familiarise themselves with lecture materials for use in group case study based discussions. Students will be examined in semester 1 to assess their ability to use the information taught in a real-life situation.

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 structures 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.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M501 week take home written assessment based on case studies 1500 words.
Practical/lab report2M30Integrated laboratory report including data interpretation (2000 words including graphs and tables)
Oral Examination2M20Online synchronous group presentation on dietary assessment methods (remote) anthropometry and glycaemic index parameters (15 mins)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Case study1MCase study discussion will be used in tutorials throughout the first semester to assess understandin of knowledge
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The theoretical understanding of the module content will be examined formatively throughout the first semester to assess understanding of knowledge gained from lectures. A formal summative case study-based take home assessment will then be used at the end of semester 1 to assess knowledge of key concepts from semester one and the students ability to apply knowledge to real life situations.

In semester 2, students will be assessed for their practical application of the gained knowledge through both a group presentation for practical 1 anthropometry and practical 2 glycaemic index, as well as a laboratory report for practical 3 green tea. 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% case study based assessment, 20% presentation and 30% final report reflects the weight of the time spend for preparing the presentation and overall revision of the module.

Reading Lists

Timetable