MOLECULAR NUTRITION - 2017/8

Module code: MHUM006

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 7

JACs code

B400

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 113

Lecture Hours: 70

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework GROUP WORK 40%
Coursework ESSAY 60%

Alternative Assessment

An equivalent piece of coursework will be set for presentation (critical appraisal) or resubmission via SurreyLearn (essay)

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

This module explores the molecular and genetic basis of nutrients in health and disease.  Taught by a collective expertise within the Biosciences of the University students will be well equipped with  the fundamentals of molecular biology and how this is applied to current research and understanding in nutrition.  By the end of the module students will be able to critically appraise topical research in this area and evaluate how new knowledge helps underpin current understanding of disease.    

Module aims

To provide an overview of the molecular biological tools as they are used in the context of nutrition research

To provide insight into the interplay between nutrient status/exposure, genetics, molecular mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis, health and disease 

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
The ability to describe a wide range of molecular mechanisms by which cells and tissues sense and respond to nutrient exposure/nutritional status
A  comprehensive understanding  and awareness of the fundamentals of the molecular biological methods used in nutrition/nutrigenomic research
An opportunity to critically evaluate the opportunities and the particular challenges nutrition researchers face in employing genomic research tools
The opportunity to describe fully the mechanisms by which particular nutrients impact upon health
The ability to critically appraise and interpret current scientific literature in the field of molecular nutrition and nutrigenomics

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

 





Introduction to molecular nutrition




Human genetics




Fundamentals of molecular biology – regulation of gene expression




Key research methods in molecular biology




Micro RNAs




Transcriptomics




Proteomics




Metabolomics




Nutrigenetics




Nutrition and epigenetics




Data analysis and bioinformatics for “omic” studies




Molecular mechanisms of mineral homeostasis




Molecular and epigenetic effects of selenium




Molecular effects of dietary antioxidants




Vitamins and gene expression




Molecular mechanisms of glucose homeostasis




Molecular mechanisms in obesity and metabolic syndrome




Workshop: student presentations




Introduction to molecular nutrition




Human genetics





 

Methods of Teaching / Learning

This module is completed using a combination of learning methods:  Traditional lectures, tutorials workshops and student seminars.   

Assessment Strategy

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


Understanding of a wide range of molecular mechanisms by which cells and tissues sense and respond to nutrient exposure and the potential impact of these effects on human health (via both the student oral presentation and essay).
Understanding and awareness of the fundamentals of the molecular biological methods used in nutrition/nutrigenomic research through a combination of verbal presentation and written work.
The ability to critically appraisal and interpret current scientific literature in the field of molecular nutrition and nutrigenomics (students presentation and essay).


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


A critical appraisal and presentation of a nutrigenomic research paper (group work)
Coursework essay (2000 words)


 

Formative assessment

None included

 

Feedback


Verbal guidance and feedback during optional group workshop tutorials prior to group presentations
Written and verbal feedback following group presentations
Written feedback on essays

Reading list

Reading list for MOLECULAR NUTRITION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mhum006

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.