NUTR07012 2019 Advanced Nutrition

General Details

Full Title
Advanced Nutrition
Transcript Title
Advanced Nutrition
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Subject Area
NUTR - Nutrition
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
10 - 10 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 is primarily for students who have completed general biochemistry courses previously and who are now advancing their knowledge of nutrition biochemistry in energy metabolism, regulation of food uptake and a detailed consideration of Carbohydrates, Lipids, Vitamins, Macromaterials and Trace Metals and associated disorders

Learning Outcomes

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


Fully understand and explain the overall nature of nutrients, their contribution to the nutritional state of the human body and how imbalances, deficiencies and excesses lead to the mal-nutrition state.


Analyse and exhibit a deep comprehension of the importance of Energy changes within living systems with particular emphasis on the role of nutrition.


Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the biochemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins, macromaterials and trace-materials, their roles in nutrition and associated disorders.


Experimentally identify and analyse a genetic marker for a nutritional disorder, evaluate urine and blood borne markers for nutritional well-being, Understand the fundamentals of how a bioassay works.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

An in-depth view into the biochemistry of nutrient digestion, absorption, excretion and some associated disorders. To be delivered 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

Informal and formal ongoing assessment regimes achieved through lab report evaluation and weekly continuous assessment. These results will then be fed-back to the student as the module progresses. Formal continuous assessment will also be carried out through a written exam at the end of semester.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat written exam and or continuous assessment to be set on a case by case basis

Indicative Syllabus

The importance of Energy changes within living systems with particular emphasis on the role of nutrition.

Regulation of food uptake in terms of physiology and psychology. Associated disorders such as obesity anorexia and bulimia will be introduced.

The control of satiety versus appetite.

In depth biochemistry of glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, Krebs Cycle, Oxidative Phosphorylation, Urea Cycle and Beta fatty acid oxidation


Understanding of how all dietary sources of energy are utilised such as amino acids and fatty acids and their nutritive value


The Biology of non-nutrient / non digestible components of food including NDCs, polyphenols, toxins and amines. The nutritional benefits of NDCs including microbiota, cancer and other disorders

The structure, function and types of adipose. The diagnosis and treatment of obesity and its effects on the body including insulin tolerance and general health and well being

Fat-soluble vitamins their bio-potency, structure/function and disorders associated with their deficiencies.

Water-soluble vitamins & their structure, function, absorption, distribution, toxicity and deficiencies.

Macro-materials sodium, potassium, calcium; their regulation, bioavailability, deficiencies and requirements.

Trace minerals, their absorption, excretion, metabolism, toxicity, deficiency and function.

The analysis of diet modification at an in vitro level and an introduction to the technique of cell culture

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
2 Lab Practical Practical Written Report 40 % OnGoing 2,4

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

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lectures / Tutorials 3 Weekly 3.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Lab Practical 3 Weekly 3.00
Lecture Computer Laboratory Assessment / Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Library Self Study 7 Weekly 7.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 7.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2017-01-01 Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism Wadsworth Publishing
ISBN 1305627857 ISBN-13 9781305627857

Current, comprehensive, and designed to maximize clarity of essential concepts, longtime best-seller ADVANCED NUTRITION AND HUMAN METABOLISM delivers its signature quality content in a student-friendly way. The 7th Edition continues to set the standard through the authors' ability to clearly and accurately explain even the most complex metabolic processes and concepts, while staying at an undergraduate level. It gives students a solid understanding of digestion, absorption, and metabolism of fat, protein, and carbohydrates; examines the structures and functions of water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins -- including their regulatory roles in metabolism; and provides information on vitamin and mineral food sources, recommended intakes, deficiency, and toxicity. With ADVANCED NUTRITION AND HUMAN METABOLISM, 7th Edition, students will be well prepared to continue their studies in the field of nutrition.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Advanced Nutrition & Human Metabolism 7th Ed. Gropper and Smith

Journal Resources

The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry

URL Resources

Association of Nutrition in the UK

Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute