ADVANCES IN NUTRITION: NUTRIENTS IN HEALTH AND DISEASE - 2017/8

Module code: BMS3067

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

ELLIOTT RM Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

B400

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 23

Tutorial Hours: 8

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework SUMMATIVE COURSEWORK- STRUCTURED ESSAY (1200 WORDS MAX) ON NUTRIGENETICS, EPIGENETICS AND OTHER LINKED MATERIAL 40%
Examination EXAMINATION-2 HOURS: 2 SECTIONS: MUST ANSWER 1 OUT OF 3 QUESTIONS IN EACH SECTION (2 ANSWERS TOTAL) 60%

Alternative Assessment

None

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BMS2039 Human Nutrition

Module overview

This module follows the Nutrition/Dietetics/Food Science FHEQ Level 5 which provides a basis in the science of human nutrition. This module will provide students with a comprehensive research-led overview of several current hot topics regarding the mechanistic basis of nutrient requirements in health and disease. Evaluation of skills for data analyses and interpretation of scientific publications will be addressed throughout all research-led lectures, the first tutorial and coursework assessment.  Emphasis will be placed on integration of knowledge from the different areas presented in the lectures during the tutorial sessions.

Module aims

To understand the molecular and functional basis of nutrient requirements in health and Disease

To understand the roles of nutrients in the prevention of disease and maintenance of optimal health throughout the lifecycle

To understand the role of nutrient-gene interactions in determining health and disease

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Describe the molecular and cellular function and metabolism of various micronutrients KCPT
Explain role of nutrient-gene interactions in determining health and disease KCPT
Describe the roles of nutrients in health and disease at different stages of the lifecycle KCPT
Evaluate considerations relating to life stage-specific nutritional requirements CPT
Critically assess current research literature and recommendations for nutrient intakes in health and disease CP
Work independently demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time management PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

• Introduction & review of molecular biology concepts and introduction to “Omic” Technologies
• Nutrigenetics
• Nutrition and epigenetics
• Tutorial: Nutrigenetics and epigenetics material
• Physiological basis of nutrient requirements in pregnancy, lactation and infancy
• Foetal and neonatal nutrition and later disease
• Iron: functions, homeostasis and roles in health and disease
• Iodine: functions, homeostasis and roles in health and disease
• Selenium, selenoproteins, intake and status
• Selenium in human health
• B-vitamins: focus on vitamins B2, B6, B9, B12
• One-carbon metabolism: homocysteine in health & disease
• Vitamin D and health outcomes
• Micronutrients and bone health throughout the lifecycle
• Revision tutorial

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Provide the students with knowledge from the set of lectures, while strongly promoting development of personal skills in critical assessment of nutrition research. 
Allow students to integrate knowledge through tutorial sessions that provide the opportunity for students to define their difficulties or points where they would value feedback, then timely delivered by the lecturer.
Deliver high quality feedback from teaching staff to students through summative assessment of coursework.


 

The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures (26h, 1-2 times per week)
Tutorial sessions (8 h 4 at the beginning, and 4 at end of semester)- Explicitly tutorial sessions are highly interactive to provide the opportunity for students to ask questions and develop their critical skills.
Writing practise- structured essay for summative assessment is designed to have students engage with material throughout the course and improve their critical thinking and writing skills

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


Through the coursework, the student’s ability to:

critically evaluate and analyse scientific data from published literature
efficiently use electronic data bases
apply knowledge on methods and concepts in a new context
write a short, structured essay with a fixed number of words limit.
integrate knowledge


Through the examination, the student’s ability to

recall and relate knowledge of the mechanistic basis for the influence of dietary nutrients on health and disease throughout the lifecycle
integrate and critically interpret information obtained through lectures




 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Coursework (40%): assessment of cognitive, analytical, presentation and written skills. This is assessed based on structure, clarity and production of the essay
Examination (60%): assessment of subject knowledge, based on content, integration of knowledge, structure and clarity


 

Formative assessment and feedback


during the two tutorial sessions
via SurreyLearn with notes posted on the module page, or via emails to the whole student cohort
by providing feedback on coursework essay (listing the good points and which aspects to improve) and examination scripts


via the examination feedback sheet posted on SurreyLearn.

Reading list

Reading list for ADVANCES IN NUTRITION: NUTRIENTS IN HEALTH AND DISEASE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms3067

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.