NUTR09002 2019 Nutrition Assessment Methods
This module is intended to provide an understanding of the principles and methods used in nutritional assessment for population health and research. It will cover topics such as dietary intake assessment methodology, body composition techniques and the role of biochemistry in nutritional assessment.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Assess the advantages, limitations and appropriate applications of the main methods of dietary, anthropometric and laboratory assessments of nutritional status
Critique the most appropriate dietary, anthropometric and laboratory methods to use when assessing the nutritional status of an individual
Critically interpret and evaluate scientific papers that use dietary, anthropometric or laboratory methods to determine nutritional status
Analyse and interpret nutritional assessment data for individuals and groups
Appraise and interpret how biology, biochemistry, assessment technology, bias and measurement error influence nutritional assessment data
Teaching and Learning Strategies
This module will be delivered full-time om campus and will consist of two hours of lectures per week. In addition the learner will be expected to allocate an additional 5 hours per week for continuous assessment and additional reading.
Module Assessment Strategies
This module is 100% continuous assessment and will consist of the application and evaluation of dietary assessment methods, critically interpreting the use of a nutrition database as well as a critical review.
Repeat continuous assessment if required.
Indicators of nutritional status - anthropometry; biochemical measures; clinical information; dietary intake and social and environmental factors.
An examination of nutritional surveillance systems in both developed and developing countries. Evaluation of the uses and limitations of these systems as a basis for improving nutritional status.
Evaluation, selection and use of dietary, anthropometric, biochemical and function indicators of nutritional status as well as ecological data and vital statistics. Consideration of the methods for assessing nutritional status in population sub groups including: children, adults, the elderly, athletes.
Dietary assessment measures and dietary analysis software.
Range of measures and methods used to assess body composition- reliability and validity of measurements taken and interpretation.
Consideration for the derivation of reference data i.e. child growth data, BMI, waist circumference and other percentile charts.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Application of common dietary assessment tools, analysis and evaluation of the results and use of dietary analysis software||Continuous Assessment||Assessment||40 %||Any||1,2,4|
|2||Explore and critique dietary data and interpret how biology, biochemistry, assessment technology, bias and measurement error influence nutritional assessment data||Continuous Assessment||Assessment||30 %||Any||2,3,5|
|3||Critical review||Continuous Assessment||Assignment||30 %||Any||2,3,5|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Directed Learning||Offsite||Self-directed learning||5||Weekly||5.00|
Required & Recommended Book List
2005 Principles of Nutrition Assessment. Oxford University Press
Gibson R 2005 Principles of Nutrition Assessment Oxford University Press
Journal of Public Health Nutrition
Journal of Nutrition
European Journal of Nutrition
British Journal of Nutrition
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour
British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) https://www.bapen.org.uk/nutrition-support/assessment-and-planning/nutritional-assessment