HNUT40090 Pathways to Health (O/L)

Academic Year 2023/2024

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

This module will focus on key nutrients (e.g. fat, carbohydrates, protein, target vitamins/minerals) and their role in health. For each nutrient, consideration will be given to i) forms and quantities consumed in the diet, ii) physiological role in health and disease, iii) current health and lifestyle advice in relation to the role of this nutrient in health and disease and iv) the implications of newly emerging scientific evidence.

The module will be delivered through the UCD VLE. It will consist of:
• Audio and demonstrations by the lecturers
• Discussion threads
• Virtual classroom environments
• Written assignments

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 activities during the trimester: 18-24 hours
• Autonomous learning: 65-75 hours
• Assignment work: 40 hours

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion student will be able to
- Describe the quantity and quality of key nutrients consumed in the diet
- Critically evaluate how these nutrients influence health and disease
- Critique current health and lifestyle advice in relation to the role of these nutrients in health and disease.
- Critically evaluate the evolving science base surrounding these nutrients.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


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
HNUT40070 - Nutrients in theLifeCycle(O/L)

PHPS20030 - App Clin Nutrit for Healthcare

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Presentation Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Critique Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: MCQ Exam Varies over the Trimester 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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Ms Malak Ali 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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