FB3N3-Bioavailability, Diet and Gut Health

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn
Pre-requisites: FB2N1 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2012/3

Module Convenor: Prof Ian Rowland

Email: I.Rowland@reading.ac.uk

To provide students with an understanding of important topical issues associated with the interaction of diet with gastrointestinal function and health including the areas of absorption and bioavailability of phytochemicals, dietary modulation of gut microflora composition and metabolic activity, diet and gastrointestinal disease (inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer) functional foods for gut health (probiotics and prebiotics)

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of the module the student should:
• Understand the structure and function of the different sections of gastro-intestinal tract
• Understand the concept of bioavailability and the absorption distribution and metabolism of phytochemicals
• Have developed an insight into the contribution of the gut microflora to disease risk
• Understand diet gut microflora interactions in infants and children
• Have developed an understanding of the impact of lifestyle factors, in particular diet, on the development of malignant diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
• Understand the concepts and approaches associated with the development of functional foods for gut health

Additional outcomes:
• Development of a number of key skills such as critical evaluation, use of on-line databases, presentation and writing skills

Outline content:
Lecture content:
Introduction to the gastrointestinal tract; Absorption and bioavailability of nutrients, disorders of absorption; Absorption, bioavailability and metabolism of phytochemicals; Absorption, bioavailability and metabolism of isoflavones; Gut microflora composition and activity - role of age and diet; gut microflora and health; Diet and gastrointestinal infections; Nutrient-drug interactions; Absorption & bioavailability of minerals; Diet and non-malignant intestinal disease - IBD, IBS, diverticular disease, GERD; Gastrointestinal cancers and their aetiology; Diet and cancer relationships Additional sessions; Briefing session on assignment

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be taught as a series of 10 x 3h lecture sessions given by scientists with active research interests in the area. The format of the lectures can vary from formal teaching to interactive sessions where students will be asked for their contribution and ideas.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 30
Guided independent study 70
Total hours by term 100 0 0
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:

Method Percentage
Written exam 80
Written assignment including essay 20

Other information on summative assessment:

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:
    2 hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall in assessed work

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

    Last updated: 7 May 2012

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