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BIOL7021 - Principles of Nutrition

Title:Principles of Nutrition
Long Title:Principles of Nutrition
Module Code:BIOL7021
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Brigid Lucey
Module Description: This course introduces the principles of nutrition covering macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and the effects of processing of these nutrients within the body
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss the energy balance of the body and metabolism of main energy sources.
LO2 Evaluate the major and minor food components in the diet and their classification
LO3 Explore the dietary sources and metabolic functions of nutritionally important nutrients
LO4 Discuss the nutritive value of different foods
LO5 Discuss the effects of acute or chronic deficiency on the body
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Organisation of metabolism, cell structure and metabolism, heat and work in catabolism, control in metabolic reactions, acquiring energy from the environment, strategies for generating ATP and NADPH in catabolism
Carbohydrates, lipids and proteins - chemistry, sources, requirements, role, digestion, absorption metabolism and excretion, excess and deficiencies
Minerals and vitamins - chemistry, sources, requirements, role, digestion, absorption, metabolism and excretion, excess and deficiences
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical reports 2,3,4 50.0 Every Second Week
Short Answer Questions Theory Assessment 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 Week 12
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab Laboratory based practicals 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self-directed learning 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Stephen J. D. O'Keeffe 2015, Principles and Practices of Nutritional Support, Springer [ISBN: 9781493917785]
  • Geoffrey Campbell-Platt 2009, Textbook of food science and technology, Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 9780632064212]
  • Elson Haas, Buck Levin,, Staying Healthy With Nutrition, 21st Century Edition, 21st Century Edition [ISBN: 1587611791]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SHERB_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Herbal Science 3 Mandatory
CR_BHORT_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture 1 Group Elective 2

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