NUTR06017 2019 Nutritional Biochemistry 2

General Details

Full Title
Nutritional Biochemistry 2
Transcript Title
Nutritional Biochemistry 2
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Subject Area
NUTR - Nutrition
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
James Murphy
Programme Membership
SG_SHUMA_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Nutrition SG_SHUMA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition

This module will enable the student to explain key elements of cellular metabolic processes of relevance to human nutrition.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Explain key characteristics of enzymes and experimentally determine enzyme activity and some key properties.


Have an overview of the absorbance, transport, metabolism and or storage of non-nutrients and key nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, lipid, alcohol and water


Outline the characteristics of the following nutritionally-important metabolic processes: Urea Cycle, Oxidative Phosphorylation; Krebs Cycle; Gluconeogenesis; Beta Fatty Oxidation.


Differentiate between gross energy, digestible energy and metabolizable energy as well as assessment of the metabolizable energy of a diet.


Understand the basics of DNA, its structure, function and implications of damage in nutritional context


Demonstrate proficiency in the performance of a variety of laboratory techniques whilst utilizing scientific knowledge and technical procedure to analyse, evaluate and explain specific experimental outcomes.


Utilize scientific knowledge and technical procedure to analyse, evaluate and explain specific experimental outcomes.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Introduction to the basic principles of nutritional biochemistry through lecture and laboratory based teaching. Regular evaluation of learning through weekly moodle based tests. Evaluation of lab-based learning through lab-reports and overall learning through end of semester written exam.

Module Assessment Strategies

Laboratory technique and report-writing ability are assessed as part of the practical work performed during the module. Regular summative tests are used to encourage engagement with the module, monitor progress and provide feedback. This approach enables the student to take timely corrective action, in the event of failure to achieve the required standard, before the results significantly impact on the final grade.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Exam and or repeat assignment to be allocated on a case by case basis

Indicative Syllabus

Properties and structure of enzymes and some key digestive enzyme functions. Introduction to absorbance, transport and storage of key nutrients. Key nutrient metabolic pathways. Energy, metabolism and associated calorie calculations and determination. Introduction to DNA, genetic damage and their role in human health.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,7
2 Lab Practicals Practical Written Report 40 % OnGoing 6,7

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 40 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture / Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Lecture Computer Laboratory Assessment / Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Lab Practical 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Independent Learning Library Self Study 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2007 Biochemistry W H Freeman & Company
ISBN 0716787245 ISBN-13 9780716787242

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Biochemistry, 6th Edition; Jeremy M. Berg; John L. Tymoczko; Lubert Stryer.

9780716787242: Biochemistry, 6th Edition

ISBN 10: 0716787245  ISBN 13: 9780716787242

Publisher: W. H. Freeman, 2006


John Baynes PhD 2014 Medical Biochemistry: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, 4e (Medial Biochemistry) Saunders
ISBN-10 1455745804 ISBN-13 9781455745807


Catherine Geissler 2010 Human Nutrition Churchill Livingstone
ISBN-10 0702044636 ISBN-13 9780702044632

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