Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
Credit bearing module
Find a courseExpand
This module will help you understand the basic principles of biochemistry and physiology and why they are essential in the study of nutrition. For this reason, the underlying biochemistry and physiology form the backbone of this module. The main emphasis is on nutrients required by humans, their sources in food in the UK and worldwide. Other aspects covered include the critical assessment of dietary reference values and nutrient intake.
The aims of the module are to:
- provide a detailed examination of the different nutrients required by humans and their sources in food in the UK and worldwide
- critically evaluate methods used to assess nutrient intake at an individual and population level
- understand the relationship between lifestyle and body composition.
How to apply
Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Understand comprehensively the physiological functions of the body including the cardiovascular, neuro-endocrine, musculoskeletal and haematological systems, immunity and thermoregulation, and fluid and electrolyte balance.
- Describe and communicate effectively what nutrients consist of and understand how foods, nutrients and non-nutrients are digested, absorbed, metabolised and stored in the body.
- Exhibit a critical understanding of the biochemical function of nutrients (including alcohol) and non-nutrients and their distribution in food systems.
- Critically evaluate energy balance and calculate energy requirements using indirect calorimetry and other methods.
- Think logically and analytically with regard to nutrient requirements, food types and nutritional data in order to improve human health.