HNUT10010 Human Nutrition I - Understanding Nutrients

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module is designed to give a comprehensive introduction to nutrients and human nutrition. We will look at individual macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate, fat and alcohol) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and trace elements), the functions of each and what happens if a person is deficient in any one of these. We will also look at the food sources of nutrients, our requirements across the life span and the national food based dietary guidelines recommended to ensure adequate intakes. Tutorial classes will introduce you to nutrition research, how and where research is published, and how to refer to nutrition research when writing about nutrition. The tutorial classes are mandatory and will cover your continuous assessment for this module.

Food Science Students: This module will contribute to the development of the following COMPETENCIES that are CORE to your development as a professional in Food Science.
• Food chemistry and analysis - This module will explore the structure and properties of food components, including water, carbohydrates, protein, lipids, and other nutrients.
• Success skills - This module will introduce communication skills (in particular, written communication), critical thinking/problem solving skills (in particular, scientific reasoning), life-long learning skills, interaction skills (in particular, interpersonal skills) and information acquisition skills.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
Interpret and use dietary recommendations
Identify and consider nutrition research methodologies
Describe the function and dietary sources of macronutrients
Describe the function and dietary sources of vitamins, minerals and trace elements
Demonstrate a knowledge of deficiencies associated with macronutrients and micronutrient

Indicative Module Content:

Functions, requirements, food sources of carbohydrate, protein and fat
Introduction to macronutrient metabolism
Functions, requirements, food sources of vitamins and minerals
Introduction to micronutrient deficiency diseases and disease related to micronutrient status
Introduction to nutrition research

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
There are 10 weeks of teaching on this module.

Your lectures will be a mix of prerecorded lectures uploaded to BrightSpace and face-to-face lectures. You will watch and listen to pre-recorded lectures in BrightSpace and then attend a face-to-face discussion style lecture related to the pre-recorded lectures.

You have a 2 hour face-to-face tutorial on Friday from 11am-1pm. The tutorials will be built around as series of tasks that are designed to introduce human nutrition research. Tutorial time will also be dedicated to revising some of the difficult lecture content. Your engagement in tutorials and the completion of the tutorial tasks will contribute to your final grade (25%).

You will have 3 short question online exams distributed throughout the semester worth 25% each. These exams will be held in the PC lab in the Ag & Food Science Centre. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Exclusions:

HNUT10010 Human Nutrition 1

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HNUT10020 - Human Nutrition I

Human Nutrition I (FDSC10020)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Tutorial research assignments Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Class Test: Online short question exam including multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions Unspecified n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Online automated feedback will be given following all MCQ/Short question mid-semester exams. Self assessment, group and individual feedback will be built into the tutorials.

Gibney MJ, Lanham-New SA, Cassidy A, Vorster HH. Introduction to Human Nutrition, 2nd Edition: John Wiley & Sons, 2009.

Gropper SS, Smith JL. Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism, 6th Edition, International Edition: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2013.

Whitney E, Rolfes SR. Understanding nutrition, 13th Edition: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2013.

Lanham-New SA, Macdonald IA, Roche HM. Nutrition and Metabolism, 2nd Edition: John Wiley & Sons, 2011.
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 11 Fri 11:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Fri 11:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 4, 12 Fri 11:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Thurs 09:00 - 09:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tues 09:00 - 09:50