SCI07004 2019 Human Nutrition 1

General Details

Full Title
Human Nutrition 1
Transcript Title
Human Nutrition 1
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Subject Area
SCI - Science
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
Margaret Savage, Uma Tiwari
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Physiology SG_SHEAL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Science and Physical Activity

This subject reviews relevant characteristics of various components of foods and their ability to fulfill the nutrient requirements of humans.

Learning Outcomes

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


Explain the components of the diet and their relationships to health


Explain and differentiate key principles in relation to energy; intake and expenditure


Identify sources of and explain the role of macro-, micro-nutrients and other dietary components in the healthy diet


Discuss the relationship between the diet, digestion and health


Conduct practical work, interpret and evaluate the outcomes and communicate these effectively

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered fulltime. This will include lectures, laboratory practicals and workshops augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 50 % Continuous Assessment and 50% Final exam.  Laboratory skills and report-writing ability are assessed as part of the practical work performed during the module. Summative tests are used to encourage engagement with the module, monitor progress and provide feedback. Two of these will be given during the semester.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

  • Energy balance
    • Energy intake
    • Energy expenditure
    • Energy storage
  • Components of the diet, digestion and metabolism
    • Carbohydrates
    • Protien
    • Lipids
    • Micro nutrients
  • Other dietary components
  • Food Composition
  • RDI
  • The role of diet in health

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Theory continuous assessment. Continuous Assessment Assessment 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3
2 Practicals /workshops. Practical Practical Evaluation 40 % OnGoing 3,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final examination. Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Term 2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture/tutorial 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Laboratory Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self study 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2009-03-27 Introduction to Human Nutrition (The Nutrition Society Textbook) Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 9781405168076 ISBN-13 9781405168076

In this second edition of the introductory text in the acclaimed Nutrition Society Textbook Series, Introduction to Human Nutrition has been revised and updated to meet the needs of the contemporary student. Introduction to Human Nutrition is an essential purchase for students of nutrition and dietetics, and also for those students who major in other subjects that have a nutrition component, such as food science, medicine, pharmacy and nursing. Professionals in nutrition, dietetics, food science, medicine, health sciences and many related areas will also find much of great value within its covers.

Recommended Reading
2007-03-02 Understanding Nutrition Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
ISBN 0495116696 ISBN-13 9780495116691
Recommended Reading
2012-03-24 Essentials of Human Nutrition Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN 0199566348 ISBN-13 9780199566341

Nutrition is one of the most important determinants of individual and public health. An increasingly informed public expects its health and food professionals to be able to offer clear, evidence-based advice on diet and associated health implications, but how can established nutrition principles be extracted from the extensive body of often misleading information available in the public domain? For those embarking on courses in nutrition or related subjects, Essentials of Human Nutrition offers a broad, quality survey of the field. Chapters written by international experts chart the involvement and impact of nutrition across different age groups and from the genetic to the community level. It draws together the wide spectrum of disciplines, from biochemistry to counselling, necessary to promote the practical application of nutritional science at the human level, providing everything a student needs to appreciate the increasingly recognized importance of nutrition to health and disease.- Disentangles scientifically established nutrition principles from the morass of misinformation available in the public domain - Data sets and extensive referencing ensure the content is firmly anchored in nutrition science - Practical processes with which students need to be familiar, such as dietary assessment and food analysis, are covered Online Resource Centre The Online Resource Centre to accompany Essentials of Human Nutrition features: For students: * Links to sources of further information and data * Topical updates For registered adopters of the book: * Figures from the book, available for download

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources



Journal Resources

The Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics

Journal of Human Nutrition

URL Resources