FB2N1-Fundamentals of Human Nutrition

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn and Spring
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2012/3

Module Convenor: Dr Daniel Commane

Email: d.m.commane@reading.ac.uk

Aims:
This course deals with macronutrient and micronutrient essentiality to enable undergraduate students to grasp the use and limitations of the basic tools of nutritional science: Food Composition databases, Dietary Reference Values, Dietary Assessment, Nutritional Status. It will introduce you to topics of current interest, such as phytochemicals, selected vitamins and minerals in food and nutrition, and the effects of food processing on nutrition.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of the course, students should be able to:
Interpret and critically evaluate data from specific dietary assessment exercises, using appropriate analytical methods and dietary reference values.
Identify and use the three basic ‘tools’ of nutrition, and discuss their scientific base and application: composition of foods tables, dietary reference values and national surveys of diet, in particular, National Diet and Nutrition Survey (e.g. Henderson, Gregory and Irving 2003). Outline the fundamentals of nutrient balance, including macronutrients and selected micro-nutrients.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
A course dealing with macronutrient and micronutrient essentiality to enable undergraduate students to grasp the use and limitations of the basic tools of nutritional science: food composition databases, Dietary Reference Values, dietary assessment, nutritional status. Introduction to topics of current interest, including phytochemicals, selected vitamins and minerals in food and nutrition, and the effects of food processing on nutrition.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This course comprises lectures, a dietary assessment assignment (involving the interpretation and evaluation of data from an assessment exercise and the writing of a newspaper article based on their findings); practical classes (involving the reporting of results as full reports and online blackboard tests).

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 27 2
Tutorials 8
Practicals classes and workshops 28
Guided independent study 65 70
       
Total hours by term 100 100 0
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:

Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 30

Other information on summative assessment:
2 laboratory practical write-ups, Relative percentage of coursework: 30%
Submission deadlines: 2 weeks after laboratory classes.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadine. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    (Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

    Length of examination:
    1.5 hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall in all assessed work

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Written examination during the University re-examination period (late August / early September)

    Last updated: 7 May 2012

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