FB3NHD-Nutrition, Health and Disease (Part taught with FBMNH1)

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: FB2N1 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition or AP1A18 Digestion and Nutrition
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Julie Lovegrove

Email: j.a.lovegrove@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

?• To cover issues relating to human nutrition during the life cycle (including pregnancy, lactation, childhood, adolescents and elderly) in health and disease?• To inform students of the subject matter relevant to the interface between human nutrition and food science?• To acquaint students with a balanced account of current issues in nutrition which impinge on diet, health and disease

To provide the student with an understanding of topical issues in nutritional sciences which have made major advancements over the last decade including the areas of diet and cognition, nutrition in cardiovascular disease prevention.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of the course, students should be able to:?
•Understand major issues of nutrition during the life cycle?•Have an appreciation of the science base of controversial issues of nutrition policy: e.g. the dietary aetiology of obesity, heart disease, immune function, bone disease, diabetes, cancer, cognition and GI diseases.
•Understand positive and negative influences on health of various diets, food components and nutrients.
•Demonstrate understanding of topical issues in nutritional sciences

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

Outline content:
A lecture course dealing with issues of nutrition during the life cycle and how dietary factors (foods, nutrients and non-nutrients) contribute to human health, healthy ageing and disease development. Specific topics include: nutrition in preconception, pregnancy, infancy, adolescence and the elderly, nutrition and ageing, appetite, colonic health, nutrition and chronic disease, including cancer, bone disease, obesity, allergy, brain function (Ahlzimers, Parkinsons) cardiovascular diseases, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Importance of nutrition in the clinical setting and in sports and exercise will also be addressed.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This course comprises primarily of lectures and self-directed learning. The coursework comprises one multiple choice test of 90 minutes at the end of the module delivered on blackboard.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 22 22
Guided independent study 78 78
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 80
Class test administered by School 20

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework?Module test via Blackboard (approximately 60 questions covering all material) at the end of spring term. ?Relative percentage of coursework: 20%?Submission Deadline(s): Week 10 of Spring Term

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • 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 for each working day (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.

    Length of examination:
    2 hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    overall mark of 40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Written examination during the University re-examination period in August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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