NUTR09014 2019 Nutrition Assessment Methods

General Details

Full Title
Nutrition Assessment Methods
Transcript Title
Nutrition Assessment Methods
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Subject Area
NUTR - Nutrition
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Irina Uzhova, Laura Keaver
Programme Membership
SG_SPUNU_M09 201900 Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition

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. 




Learning Outcomes

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 online and will consist of weekly lectures of one hour duration.  The second hour will be used for asynchronous learning through discussion forums as well as facilitated group discussions. 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 Assessments

Repeat continuous assessment if required. 

Indicative Syllabus

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.

Dietary assessment measures and dietary analysis software. 

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.

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

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

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

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online One hour Lecture and one hour asynchronous learning 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Offsite Self-directed learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 7.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2005 Principles of Nutrition Assessment Oxford University Press

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Gibson R 2005 Principles of Nutrition Assessment Oxford University Press

Journal Resources

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 

URL Resources

British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) 

Other Resources