HNUT40080 Omic Strategies in Nutrition

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is for students taking the Graduate Diploma or MSc in Food, Nutrition and Health.

This module will equip students with the knowledge of current research methods in nutrition research. The module will deal with the structuring, planning and ethics involved in conducting human nutrition research. Additionally the students will cover nutrigenomics including the basics of nutrigenomics and applications in nutrition research. (Nutrigenomics is a rapidly emerging multidisciplinary sciences, which aim to explore the effects of nutrients on the genome, proteome and metabolome, and to elucidate the effect of genetic variation on the interaction between diet and disease).

Students are not required to attend lectures at the UCD campus as part of the course. Students are expected to spend a total 125 hours workload during the trimester consisting of:
• Lectures and course material: 18-24 hours
• Discussion threads/synchronous chats/MCQs 24 hours
• Autonomous learning/Assignments: 75 hours

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module student will be able to
• Understand the design and implementation of human nutrition studies;
• Understand the principles of nutrigenomics;
• Understand the principles of nutrigenetics;
• Explain the uses of nutrigenomics and be capable of reading current literature.

Indicative Module Content:

The design and implementation of human nutrition studies, nutrigenomics and it's applications in nutrition research.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module will be delivered through the UCD Brightspace system and will consist of:
• Audio lectures and demonstrations by the lecturers
• Online assessed multiple choice quizzes
• Virtual classroom environments
• Written assignment 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
FDSC40500 - Chemistry of Nutrients(O/L), HNUT40060 - Intro to Nutrition (O/L)

FDSC40530 - Principles of Biochemist (O/L)

Additional Information:
Please note, students must pass HNUT40070 Nutrients in the Life Cycle in order to take HNUT40080 Omic Strategies in Nutrition in the second half of semester 2.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Assignment Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Assignment: Essay/written assignment Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Grades from MCQ are automatically generated on Brightspace following completion of the MCQ.

Name Role
Professor Lorraine Brennan Tutor
Ms Aoife Courtney Tutor
Miss Helena Gibbons Tutor
Dr Elaine Hillesheim Tutor
Dr Fiona Lalor Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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