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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FOOD1050 Elements of Human Nutrition

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Giorgia Cioccoloni

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

A level Chemistry or Biology

This module is mutually exclusive with

FOOD1150Principles of Human Physiology and Nutrition

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module serves to introduce underpinning physiological processes that govern health and the impact of nutrition on such processes.


The module aims to:
To introduce the elements of nutrient function and metabolism, dietary intakes and food sources, deficiency diseases and nutritional requirements.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:
1. Explain physiological processes that govern human health
2. Recall current nutritional recommendations for the general population and apply them to evaluate the adequacy of diets
3. Explain the role of culture and socio-economic factors on the food habits and food choice.

Skills outcomes
Applying nutritional recommendations within the context of health and special populations


• Role of macro (carbohydrates, protein, fat and dietary fibre) and micro nutrients (vitamins and minerals) in human nutrition
• Nutrient requirements and Dietary Reference Values

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

• Directed reading for lectures: 22 hours
• Additional reading/study: 46 hours
• Preparation and revision for exam: 9 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be formally monitored through attendance and directed reading.

General feedback on exam performance will be posted on Minerva, while individual feedback will also be provided upon marking of the exam.

Formative feedback will be given regularly during taught sessions in response to independent learning tasks.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 20/09/2023


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