FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN NUTRITION - 2017/8
Module code: MHUM001
School of Biosciences and Medicine
FIELDING BA Dr (Biosc & Med)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 7
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 110
Lecture Hours: 41.5
Tutorial Hours: 2
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Oral exam or presentation||PRESENTATION (FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT)||0%|
|Coursework||CRITICAL REVIEW (1500 WORDS)||40%|
|Examination||EXAMINATION (90 MINUTES)||60%|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
This module is designed to equip students with the core knowledge of energy and the nutrients as a foundation to further nutrition modules within the MSc Nutrition programme.
To provide an overview of the nutrients as an essential foundation for the study of Human Nutrition
To provide an insight into the role of nutrients in health, disease and across the life cycle.
|A comprehensive understanding of the physiological and metabolic importance of the macronutrients|
|An appreciation of the dietary sources, absorption, utilization and metabolic functions of the nutritionally important micronutrients.|
|An ability to discuss the roles of particular nutrients in health and disease and at different stages of the lifecycle|
|A comprehensive understanding of the molecular and functional basis of nutrient requirements|
|The ability to critically assess current literature and recommendations for specific nutrients in health and disease.|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Introduction to the nutrients
Dietary Reference Values (DRVs), Healthy eating guidelines
Folate: homocysteine metabolism
Vitamin D and health outcomes
Micronutrients and bone
Iron & Zinc
Sodium & Potassium
The effects of food processing on nutrient content
Plant constituents in food (polyphenols, carotenoids, phytoestrogens)
Functional foods & GM foods
Nutrition in Pregnancy, lactation and infancy
Nutrition in Middle age
Nutrition in Older Age
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: allow students to develop bonds with their peers in order to foster a good team spirit which will be helpful in this, and future modules; to give all students confidence in the fundamentals of nutrition, despite a wide variety of academic backgrounds.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Lectures, seminars and tutorials. Student led presentations
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
presentation skills, insight and learning of a wide variety of nutritional topics which are fundamental to an MSc-level nutritional degree. Students can demonstrate creativity and novelty in their choice of presentation/essay topics.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Presentation, essay, exam
Formative assessment practise exam paper in a relaxed revision session environment.
Feedback verbal, during presentations and on SurreyLearn for essays and presentations. Verbal during a drop in session. Self-marking of practise exam questions.
Reading list for FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN NUTRITION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mhum001
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.