HNUT40150 Nutritional Assessment

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is intended to provide an understanding of the concepts and techniques of nutritional assessment and how they are applied in population health and research. It will cover topics such as dietary intake assessment methodology, body composition techniques and the role of biochemistry in nutritional assessment. Students will be given both the theoretical background and practical application of such techniques with relation to human nutrition research and assessment.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module you wil; Understand techniques used in nutritional assessment, including dietary intake, body composition and biochemical analysis. Have knowledge of their use in nutrition research and public health policies.

Indicative Module Content:

This module is split into 3 sections:
• Food Intake
• Body Composition
• Energy Expenditure

The lecture topics covered include:
Dietary intake assessment
• Why measure someones diet?
• How to measure someones diet
• What do we do with dietary information
• Dietary data - data full of mistakes
Energy Expenditure
• Energy Expenditure Introduction
• How to measure energy expenditure 1
• How to measure energy expenditure 2
Body composition
• Body composition - introduction
• Body composition - methods 1
• Body composition - methods 2
• Bringing it all together, holistic assessment of nutritional status - the sum is greater than the parts

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module aims to provide theory of techniques in various aspects of nutritional assessment, and place their use in context. We aim to teach both theory, practice and interpretation. Using real live data collection and analysis we try to bring the methods to life, and support you in demonstrating how to collect, analyze and interpret data collected.

This module, as with all in the MSc is also delivered completely online. All material will be available in Brightspace and further discussed in the online tutorials.
So, what does this mean for you as a student on this module?
• You are responsible for watching the online videos / reading lecture material each week.
You need to note any questions you have on this material ask there during tutorials, or speak to the module coordinator and/or tutor. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HNUT40070 - Nutrients in theLifeCycle(O/L)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Practical report - statistical analysis of dietary intake data Week 10 n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: EOS online exam Week 12 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, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

In the assignment feedback will be given to the students following completion. This will be in written form and will give a general overview, and areas for improvement and commendation. The MCQ will be completed online, and will be automatically marked.

Name Role
Dr Aleksandra Konic Ristic Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Fiona Lalor Tutor