FBMNME-Metabolism

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Parveen Yaqoob

Email: p.yaqoob@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
A module covering the basic principles of metabolism and regulation of metabolic pathways in humans, with emphasis on integration and nutritional relevance.

Aims:
To provide a basic knowledge of fuel supply and metabolism in the major organs of the body (liver, adipose tissue, skeletal and cardiac muscle, brain, kidney, red blood cells) and of the major metabolic hormones and their role in the regulation of metabolism.
To illustrate the integration of metabolism in specific situations (starvation, exercise, obesity, diabetes).
To provide an understanding of lipoprotein metabolism
To describe current research on nutrient regulation of gene expression

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of the course, students should be able to:
• Describe the basic pathways of carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism in the major organs of the body.
• Describe the roles of the principle hormones involved in metabolic regulation.
• Describe metabolic responses to extreme situations and the role of diet in modifying these responses.
• Describe the molecular aspects of metabolic control; nutrient regulation of gene expression.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Concepts in metabolism and outlines of key metabolic pathways, metabolic regulation in specific tissues, integration of metabolism, diabetes, metabolism during starvation and exercise, nutrient regulation of gene expression in metabolism, and inborn errors of metabolism.
Concepts in metabolism and outlines of key metabolic pathways, metabolic regulation in specific tissues, integration of metabolism, diabetes, metabolism during starvation and exercise, nutrient regulation of gene expression in metabolism, and inborn errors of metabolism.

Global context:
Essential for any Nutrition course as it develops understanding of the handling of energy from food in the body and the adaptation of the body’s metabolic pathways to variation in supply of nutrients.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Sixteen 50-minute lectures, a 50 minute session explaining the assignments and providing worked examples of case studies, and a 50-minute session providing feedback and model answers for the essay assignment. Two 3-hour sessions involving student presentations of case studies (defined as a seminar), with feedback.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16
Tutorials 1
Practicals classes and workshops 6
Guided independent study 77
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 15
Oral assessment and presentation 15

Other information on summative assessment:

1500-word essay in the style of an examination questions (to be submitted Monday Week 6). Case study assignment requiring oral presentation of diagnosis (During Weeks 9 and 10).


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
2 hours

Requirements for a pass:
50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
Resit examination, resit essay (different title), resit case study (different case study).

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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