HNUT20020 Nutrition and Health

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module will introduce basic concepts of immunology, endocrinology and metabolic balance. The main focus will be on the physiology of key biological systems in the study of Human Nutrition. The module will examine the relationship between diet and chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, obesity, cancer and diabetes.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should be able to understand basic concepts of the immune and endocrine systems, understand in detail the physiology of key biological systems in the study of Human Nutrition, the relationship between diet and disease for specific public health nutrition related disorders.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Module delivered via lectures and tutorials 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HNUT10020 - Human Nutrition I

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Individual assignment Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ Varies over the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Presentation: Group Presentation and discussion. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded 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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

The Endocrine System: basic science and clinical conditions. Hinson J, Raven P & Chew S*
Williams textbook of endocrinology. P. Reed Larsen et al. 10th ed. (2002)
Basic and clinical Immunology, 2nd edn. (2009) Peakman M, Vergani D.
Cellular and Molecular Immunology, 6th edition (2007), Abbas et al.*
Roitt's Essential Immunology, 12 th edition (2011), Delves et al.*
The Nutrition Society textbook series. Nutrition and metabolism, 2nd edition / edited on behalf of the Nutrition Society by Lanham-New S, Macdonald I, Roche HM.*
*Available online via UCD library.
Name Role
Assoc Professor Breige McNulty Tutor
Dr Martina Wallace Tutor