NUTR07014 2019 Nutrition Assessment

General Details

Full Title
Nutrition Assessment
Transcript Title
Nutrition Assessment
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Subject Area
NUTR - Nutrition
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Laura Keaver
Programme Membership
SG_SHUMA_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Nutrition SG_SHUMA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition

To develop a comprehensive knowledge of nutritional assessment (dietary, anthropometric and biochemical) in humans through the lifecycle for application in the clinical, public health/epidemiological and experimental research settings

Learning Outcomes

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


Conduct and interpret anthropometric measurements and become familiar with their strengths and limitations across the life span


Analyse the nutritional content of the diets of individuals and groups using up-to-date computer software and internationally standardized food composition data


Describe how biology, biochemistry, assessment technology, bias and measurement error influence nutritional assessment data


Design and conduct an appropriate dietary assessment with respect to the life stage of the target client or population group, aims of the investigation and available resources


Describe and evaluate each anthropometric, biochemical, clinical and dietary method individually with respect to their use in public health, clinical and research settings

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be taught through a combination of lectures and workshops/practicals.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be assessed through both continuous assessment (60%) and a final exam at the end of the module (40%).

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessments wil be conducted asa per institute and school policy

Module Dependencies

NUTR07004 201400 Public Health Nutrition

Indicative Syllabus

Lectures will cover the principles and methods used in nutritional assessment in research, public health, and clinical settings e.g. overview of dietary, biochemical and anthropometric assessment

Practicals will allow students to acquire and develop the technical skills of dietary, anthropometric, biochemical and clinical assessment.

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 Practical Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Any 1,3,5
2 Case Study Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Any 2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

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

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Workshop Flat Classroom Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Offsite Self-directed 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2017-04-05 Public Health Nutrition (The Nutrition Society Textbook) Wiley-Blackwell

In this second edition of the bestselling title from the acclaimed Nutrition Society Textbook series, Public Health Nutrition has been extensively revised to ensure that it reflects the latest evidence-based knowledge and research.  Ground-breaking and comprehensive in both its scope and approach, Public Health Nutrition has been fully updated by an expert editorial team to cover the most recent changes in the field. It now offers a structured overview of the subjects core concepts and considers public health nutrition tools and the application of intervention strategies.

Divided into five key sections, Public Health Nutrition contains a wealth of information, including:

  • Public health nutrition concepts and assessment tools, and their application in light of the latest evidence.
  • Case studies to illustrate how best to apply the theory and evidence to policy and practice.
  • An examination of nutrition throughout the lifecycle, and the relationship between diet and disease, including in relation to obesity, diabetes, cancer, as well as mental health.
  • The impact of environmental factors on public health.
  • Public health strategies, policies and approaches.

With a clear and concise structure, Public Health Nutrition is an essential purchase for students of nutrition, dietetics and other healthcare areas, as well as an invaluable practical guide for health professionals working within public health. 

A supporting companion website featuring multiple-choice, short answer, and essay style questions is available at

Required Reading
20/05/2019 Principles of Nutritional Assessment (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Journal of Public Health Nutrition

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

European Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Nutrition Journal

British Journal of Nutrition

Other Resources

Other resources will be recommended by your lecturer