HNUT10010 Human Nutrition I – Understanding Nutrients
Academic Year 2021/2022
This module is designed to give a comprehensive introduction to nutrients and human nutrition. We will look at individual macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate, fat and alcohol) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and trace elements), the functions of each and what happens if a person is deficient in any one of these. We will also look at the food sources of nutrients, our requirements across the life span and the national food based dietary guidelines recommended to ensure adequate intakes. Tutorial classes will introduce you to nutrition research, how and where research is published, and how to refer to nutrition research when writing about nutrition. The tutorial classes are mandatory and will cover your continuous assessment for this module.
Food Science Students: This module will contribute to the development of the following COMPETENCIES that are CORE to your development as a professional in Food Science.
• Food chemistry and analysis – This module will explore the structure and properties of food components, including water, carbohydrates, protein, lipids, and other nutrients.
• Success skills – This module will introduce communication skills (in particular, written communication), critical thinking/problem solving skills (in particular, scientific reasoning), life-long learning skills, interaction skills (in particular, interpersonal skills) and information acquisition skills.
On completion of this module students should be able to:
Interpret and use dietary recommendations
Identify and consider nutrition research methodologies
Describe the function and dietary sources of macronutrients
Describe the function and dietary sources of vitamins, minerals and trace elements
Demonstrate a knowledge of deficiencies associated with macronutrients and micronutrient
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