HNUT10020 Human Nutrition I – Understanding Nutrition
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.
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
Indicative Module Content:
Functions, requirements, food sources of carbohydrate, protein and fat
Introduction to macronutrient metabolism
Functions, requirements, food sources of vitamins and minerals
Introduction to micronutrient deficiency diseases and disease related to micronutrient status
Introduction to nutrition research
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