FB2NED-Nutritional Epidemiology and Dietary Assessment

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: FB2NS Nutritional Science
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Gunter Kuhnle

Email: g.g.kuhnle@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module focuses on dietary assessment methods and other assessment methods used in nutritional epidemiology.

The aim of this module is to introduce students to dietary and other assessment methods.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of the course, students will be able to assess diet and lifestyle using different assessment methods. Students will also be able to select the most appropriate methods and assess their advantages and disadvantages.

Additional outcomes:
Students will have an understanding of the difficulties of dietary and lifestyle assessment and therefore a better appreciation of strengths and limitations of different modules.

Outline content:
In this module, students will learn to use different dietary and lifestyle assessment instruments. They will use different assessments and assess their strengths and limitations.

Global context:
Nutrition is an important modifiable risk factor for many chronic diseases, and the accurate assessment of diet and lifestyle factors is extremely important.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This course comprises mainly practical's, seminars and self-directed learning.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study 70
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 80
Set exercise 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

  • Assessment of nutritient composition

  • Dietary assessment

  • Nutritional epidemiology


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    Overall 40%

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment arrangements are in accordance with University policy. Reassessment of the written examination is held during the University administered re-examination period in August. Failed coursework may be re-assessed by an alternative assignment before or during the August re-examination period.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 12 December 2018


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