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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FOOD2260 Physiology II - Integration Between Physiology and Nutrition

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Mark Hopkins

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Satisfactory completion of Level 1 BSc Nutrition


FOOD1150Principles of Human Physiology and Nutrition

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module extends the knowledge gained in FOOD1150 Human Physiology & Nutrition by highlighting the integrative nature of different organs and tissue systems involved in the digestion, metabolism and storage of nutrients (e.g. liver, pancreas and small intestine). Attention will be given to how these processes differ between nutritional states (e.g. fed vs. fasted) and how they change in health and disease (e.g. obesity, diabetes, NAFLD). The regulation of appetite and energy balance will be examined, and the effects of energy restriction and physical activity on these regulatory systems discussed. Environmental and nutrient control of regional blood flow in the body will also be examined to highlight the mechanisms that control the flow of blood between the gut and associated organs.


This module aims to:

1. Develop an appreciation of how organs and tissue systems act in an integrated manner rather than functioning in isolation during the digestion, metabolism and storage of nutrients.
2. Provide insight into how the digestion, metabolism and storage of nutrients differs between nutritional states and in health and disease.
3. Develop knowledge of the mechanisms that underlie key physiological processes such as the control of blood glucose, regional blood flow, nutrient and energy balance, and the control of appetite.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:
1. Describe the role of tissue-organs such as the liver, muscle and adipose tissue in nutrient uptake, storage and redistribution, and how such metabolism changes during the fed and fasted state.
2. Explain how nutrient metabolism is altered with metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and NAFLD.
3. Describe the role of the hepato-biliary system in the control of lipid and carbohydrate digestion and metabolism.
4. Explain the physiological regulation of blood glucose, regional blood flow, nutrient metabolism, and appetite and energy balance.


This module will examine:

1) Homeostasis and the integration of body systems in health and disease.
2) Role of the liver in digestion and metabolism.
3) Biliary system and bile acids in fat assimilation.
4) Blood glucose control and errors resulting from obesity and diabetes.
5) Environmental and nutrient control of regional blood flow in the body.
6) The regulation of nitrogen/protein balance and iron metabolism.
7) Integration of body systems in response to stress (e.g. vomiting).
8) Physiological control of appetite and energy balance.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours75.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

For each of the lectures further reading will be given (typically two reference or review article). The aim is to further augment the lecture content with the most relevant and up-to-date material. Students will be expected to supplement this reading material with their own material in the area.
The analysis and write-up of the experimental data will take a significant period of time giving experience of data manipulation and statistical analysis.

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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report2500 word report based on experimental data20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 30 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

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: 29/04/2022 15:32:04


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