Introduction to Nutrition module description

  • In this module students will be introduced to the concepts of nutrition and energy supply.


    • Energy and calorimetry 
    • Carbohydrates
    • Lipids
    • Water, ions and electrolytes 
    • Proteins
    • Micronutrients 
    • The healthy diet and patterns of nutrient intake
    • Body composition assessment and anthropometry
    • Obesity and weight control
    • Introduction to nutritional assessment
    • Integration of metabolism 

    Learning outcomes

    On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

    • Describe the differences between the key macro nutrient groups
    • Advocate the importance of micronutrients in the regulation of metabolism and maintenance of a healthy body
    • Recognize the international nature of food supply and the role of preservation in providing a varied diet
    • Examine the application of the scientific method in nutrition
    • Describe the principles of appropriate nutrition for different population groups
    • Calculate the energy content of a diet and estimate where that energy is utilized during the day
    • Acquire, analyse and interpret experimental data
    • Keep full and complete records of experimental methods, results and interpretation
    • Report experimental findings using accepted formats