HNUT10030 Physiology for Nutrition

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module seeks to provide students with an introduction to the fundamental understanding of physiology of the human body systems with a special emphasis on food digestion. This module will provide the prior knowledge required as the basis for the later study of the control and integration of body systems and disease.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, the students will be able to:
• Recall the structure and properties of body tissues and organs.
• Relate the structure and function of each of the body systems.
• Describe how food is digested and absorbed.
• Outline the role of each of the body systems studied in the maintenance of homeostasis.

Indicative Module Content:

The module will cover: core concepts in physiology including homeostasis, the upper and lower gastrointestinal system, urinary system, endocrine system, nervous system, immune system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, and muscular system.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The in-class activities will involve active/task-based learning, peer and group work. There will be weekly lectures in addition to in-class active learning. The assessments will require peer and group work and reflective learning in addition to critical writing, student presentations, and enquiry based learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Individual written assignment on a set topic integrating knowledge of physiology. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Group Project: Group project on a set topic. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Team based learning (TBL) MCQ sessions on set topics will be held weeks 2-11, individual and team assessment occurs. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn 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
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

AT1 Team Based Learning will provide in-class immediate feedback to students in groups on their understanding of core knowledge and during the test process peer review activities will occur. AT2 Group Project will provide peer review activities as students prepare a group project. They will receive feedback on a draft prior to summative assessment and students will self-assess their final product. Post-assessment each student will receive the group's feedback as well as a class-level feedback on group performance. AT3 will provide individual feedback on a draft prior to summative assessment and student's will self-assess their work on submission for summative assessment. Post-assessment students will receive individual feedback as well as class level feedback.

Name Role
Ms Simone Dunne Tutor
Dr Aoife McNamara Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Fri 11:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 28, 30, 31, 32 Mon 13:00 - 13:50