FZCR52-Diet quality & health - CPD

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Danny Commane

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

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Delivered using a two stage blended model this module will provide an understanding of the role of diet in tackling key Public Health issues in the UK through five to six weeks of distance learning delivering lectures, background information and directed reading in preparation for a campus-based workshop of 3 consecutive, intensive days of seminars, tutorials and practical sessions delivered by academic members of teaching and research  staff from the department of Food & Nutritional Sciences and the wider University of Reading and invited experts in the field from across academia and industry. 


The module aims to provide an introduction to, and knowledge of, the role of diet in chronic disease; in particular, how the scientific evidence underpinning what constitutes a healthy diet feeds into current dietary guidelines and healthy eating recommendations. Students will develop the knowledge and skills to critically appraise the diet of an individual, and an understanding of food composition, relative to healthy eating guidelines. The module will consider the scientific rationale for making health claims on foods.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of the module, learners should be able to:

  • Discuss the role of diet in chronic disease

  • Critically appraise dietary guidelines and the health claims made on foods

  • Evaluate their own diet and that of others in terms of overall healthfulness

  • Critically appraise the composition of food items in relation to healthy eating targets

  • Discuss the potential for the food industry in improving diet quality and health

Additional outcomes:

The following transferable skills will be developed in this module:

  • Critical evaluation of data from a variety of sources

  • Effective communication of scientific information in oral and written format with scientific rigour

  • Debating skills

Outline content:

This module is designed to provide an understanding of the role of diet in tackling key Public Health issues in the UK. Areas of particular focus include hypertension, cardiovascular disease and obesity. Students will appraise the UK diet and consider the potential role of the food industry in ensuring the population achieves current dietary guidelines.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Problem based learning supported by lectures (delivered via distance learning and face-to-face) together with presentations by invited speakers from different areas of the food industry and experts in the area of diet and health. Students will also have the opportunity to appraise their own diet and biological risks markers for disease. Students will be expected to do background reading around each of the topics covered by the module prior to the on campus workshop.

Contact hours

The module content will be delivered by distance learning and through direct staff contact time. The module will consist of preliminary learning materials delivered over a 5 – 6 week period as distance learning via a virtual learning environment (VLE). This will include a series of short video/audio lectures and directed reading, which will represent 34 hours of student input. This will prepare students for a 3-day intensive on campus workshop that will include 28 hours of academic-led learning including 3 hours of practical classes.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 7
Tutorials 18
Practicals classes and workshops 3
Guided independent study 34
Total hours by term 62.00
Total hours for module 62.00

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Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

There are no summative assessments for this module

Formative assessment methods:

Self-assessment multiple choice question tests used during distance learning delivery. Questions related to video lectures and directed reading.

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.

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    Last updated: 16 May 2018


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