FZCR66W-Nutrition for specific populations - CPD

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

Module Convenor: Mrs Kate Currie

Email: k.e.currie@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 discrete groups within our society with specific dietary needs, such as those with eating disorders and allergies through to ethnic groups with specific tastes, beliefs and cultural requirements.


The module aims to provide an introduction to, and knowledge of, the role of diet in today’s society; in particular, how the scientific evidence underpinning what constitutes a healthy diet can be related to different specific populations who may have specific needs and health risks. The module will consider the scientific rationale for potentially targeting healthy recommendations to the differing demands of specific population groups in our society.

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

•    Discuss the dietary needs of specific populations within our society

•    Critically appraise dietary guidelines and foods targeted to specific populations

•    Evaluate gaps in the market in light of differing dietary needs in society

•    Critically appraise the composition of food items in relation to healthy eating targets for people with different lifestyles and needs

•    Discuss the potential for the food industry in ethical and effective targeting of foods for specific populations. 


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 distinct populations in the UK. Areas of particular focus include people with eating disorders, allergies and food intolerances, athletes, diabetics, pre-diabetics, people with specific beliefs, cultural and ethnic needs and requirements, hospitalised and institutionalised people, the raging population. Students will appraise the UK diet and consider the potential role of the food industry in ensuring the population achieves appropriate dietary guidelines.  

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

Summative Assessment Methods:
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Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

There is no summative assessment with this module

Formative assessment methods:

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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    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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