FZCR65W-Nutrition for changing body - CPD

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

Module Convenor: Dr George Grimble

Email: g.k.grimble@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Delivered as an intensive campus based workshop of 3 consecutive days of seminars, tutorials and practical sessions delivered by academic members of teaching and research staff from the department of Food & Nutritional Sciences and wider the University of Reading and invited experts in the field from across academia and industry, this module covers the dietary needs and requirement of people who need to loss or gain weight to increase their well-being and reduce health risks.


The module aims to provide an introduction to, and knowledge of, the role of diet during body composition change; in particular, how the scientific evidence underpinning what constitutes a healthy method to change body composition, can be related to commonly used strategies in society today. Effects of such methods on health risks will be considered. Students will develop the knowledge and skills to critically appraise the dietary requirements of an individual looking to change their body composition, and translate this to healthy eating guidelines. The module will consider the scientific rationale for potentially targeting healthy recommendations to the demands in our society, to achieve both safe and effective results.

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  • Discuss the dietary needs of people wishing to gain or lose weight within our society

  • Critically appraise dietary guidelines in relation to diets that alter body composition

  • Evaluate gaps in the market in light of safe and effective methods to achieve body composition change in our society

  • Critically appraise the composition of food items in relation to healthy eating targets for people who need to alter their body composition

  • Discuss the potential for the food industry in ethical and effective targeting of foods for weight gain and weight loss. 

Additional outcomes:

The following transferable skills will be developed in this module:

  • Debating skills

Outline content:

This module is designed to provide an understanding of the role of diet in weight loss and weight gain. Areas of particular focus include the need to alter body composition, effects of increased lean mass and decreased fat mass on health, effects of many fad diets on health and targeting those who need help and formulating appropriate food and diets for safe and effective body composition change within the population. Students will appraise the UK diet and consider the potential role of the food industry in ensuring the population achieves appropriate dietary guidelines and body composition for good health

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This module will be delivered via a 3-day intensive on campus workshop that will include 20 hours of academic-led seminars and group discussions supported by expert outside speakers and 10 hours of independent learning and group work. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15
Guided independent study 5
Total hours by term 20.00
Total hours for module 20.00

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Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

There is no summative assessment in this module.

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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: 20 April 2018


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