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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FOOD2700 Energy Metabolism and Cardiometabolic Diseases

10 creditsClass Size: 110

Module manager: Dr Michael A. Zulyniak

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

FOOD5700MEnergy Metabolism and Cardiometabolic Diseases

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Metabolic diseases are 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 metabolic diseases (e.g., obesity and diabetes), 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 metabolic disease processes within the context of treatment and public health intervention in diverse populations. The module will introduce key concepts relating body weight and metabolic regulation and management, disparity between population groups, and current models of disease classification, prevention, and treatment. Through this, students will develop an understanding of the multifactorial origins of metabolic diseases, populations at high-risk of developing obesity and experiencing its consequences, associated co-morbidities, molecular pathways underpinning of disease progression and outcomes, and current inequalities (and future directions) for its prevention and treatment.


This module introduces students to the multi-faceted nature and complexity of metabolic diseases. The module will consider and critically appraise the underpinning network of molecular, physiological, and environmental modifiers of metabolism and body weight; models of disease; and current and prospective prevention and treatment options.

Learning outcomes
1. An understanding of methods and models of classification for defining obesity and related metabolic diseases
2. An understanding of molecular and whole-body physiological principals relating to weight gain/loss, obesity development and associated disease processes
3. An appreciation for the developmental origins of health and (cardiometabolic)disease (DOHAD) and its impact on future health and disease prevention
4. An awareness of current prevention and treatment options for obesity and ability to critically evaluate these, and suggest prevention/treatment options of obesity and related disease processes in novel settings
5. 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 and common metabolic diseases, including their multifactorial nature and consequences
• Regulation of body weight and energy balance
• Physiology of weight loss and gain
• Developmental origins of cardiometabolic disease
• Trans-generational risk of metabolic disease
• Evidence underpinning treatment options for metabolic dysregulation and current challenges
• Promising and future avenues of management and treatment of research

Teaching methods

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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationStudents will submit a written summary and perform a 10 min assessed presentation in groups of 4-5, followed by 5 mins of questions.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: 29/04/2022 15:32:04


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