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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FOOD2700 Energy Metabolism and Cardiometabolic Diseases

10 creditsClass Size: 110

Module manager: Dr Michael Zulyniak

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Obesity is a global epidemic and an urgent health crisis due to its impact on the public and public health services. This module provides an introduction to obesity, its consequences, and an appreciation of its difficulty to effectively treat. Specifically, the module will consider underpinning molecular pathways and whole-body physiological features related to obesity-related disease processes within the context of treatment and public health intervention. The module will introduce key concepts relating body weight regulation and management, and methods and models of disease classification. Through this, students will develop an understanding of the multifactorial origins of obesity, populations at high-risk of developing obesity and experiencing its consequences, associated co-morbidities, molecular pathways underpinning of disease progression and outcomes, and who is most likely to benefit from current treatment options.


This module will provide an introduction to obesity, including its complexity and consequences. The module will consider and critically appraise the underpinning network of molecular, physiological, and environmental modifiers of body weight; methods and models of disease classification; and current and prospective treatment options.

Learning outcomes
1. An understanding of methods and models of classification for defining obesity and related comorbidities
2. An understanding of molecular and whole-body physiological principals relating to weight gain/loss, obesity development and associated disease processes
3. An ability to critically evaluate treatment options of obesity and related disease processes
4. An appreciation for the multifactorial nature of obesity and the complexity of identifying a singular treatment option for all.

Skills outcomes
Creative problem solving
Planning & organisation
Research skills
Team working


• Defining obesity, its multifactorial nature, and its metabolic consequences
• Body Composition - methods and models of classification
• Physiology of weight loss and gain
• Regulation of body weight and energy balance
• Evidence underpinning treatment options for obesity and related metabolic consequences
• Promising and future avenues of management and treatment of research

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours56.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students will be expected to undertake directed and/or independent reading each week to develop understanding of the theoretical content discussed in lectures. Students will be encouraged to focus on the use of peer-reviewed scientific research articles rather than academic textbooks and websites.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

In module feedback will be given via the use of lecture quizzes (e.g. Poll Everywhere, Top Hat) and online MCQ (delivered via Minerva) relating to weekly lecture content. One-to-one meetings between students and lecturing staff will also be offered on an ad hoc basis.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationStudents will perform a 15min assessed presentation in groups of 4-5.100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 25/10/2021 11:58:49


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