HNUT40160 Clinical Nutrition (Post Grad)

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module aims to give you a basic understanding of some key topics and case studies in clinical nutrition. Obtaining this information will allow you to understand the basics of clinical nutrition recommendations. This module provides an integrated study of the role of diet in the cause and treatment of disease. It will explore the interaction of disease and diet in various areas of metabolism and specific disease states. It will examine the use of diet in treatment of certain diseases and examine methods of nutritional assessment. This knowledge is integrated with an understanding of the medical aspects of common disease states.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this Module, successful students can:

Module learning outcomes
1 - Discuss critically the changes in nutritional requirements in various disease states.
2 - Discuss critically the evidence linking foods, nutrients and dietary patterns to the aetiology of major diet-related diseases.
3 - Discuss the role of diet in management and prevention of various diseases.
4 - Discuss various methods of nutritional assessment in the context of different disease states.
5 - Understand and compile therapeutic diets for various diseases states.

Global Learning Outcomes
• Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
• Self-management
• Critical thinking
• Digital literacy
• Communication
• Teamwork

Indicative Module Content:

Principles of clinical nutrition - Definition and understanding of nutritional problems, Nutritional problems in a clinical environment, Management pathways, Basic nutrition requirements.

Nutritional assessment - Anthropometry, Body composition – DEXA, BodPod, Impedance, TBW, Biochemistry, Immunology, Functional tests, Clinical assessment tools, Nutritional assessment tools in clinical decision

Nutritional support - Estimation of nutrient requirements for provision of nutritional support, Oral feeding and oral nutritional supplements – evidence based practice. Enteral nutrition - types and uses, practices,
procedures, complications. Parenteral nutrition –practices, procedures and complications.

Nutritional management of disease - Metabolic response to stress, Alterations in nutritional requirements in metabolic stress, Role of nutrition in specific disease states incl GI, resp, cancer, neurology

Overnutrition - Clinical presentation, assessment, Prevention and Related morbiditied, Treatment/management approaches, Weight loss strategies

Undernutrition: disease related malnutrition – older persons

Case Study - Dietary Management of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Case Study - Allergies
Case Study - Paediatrics
Case Study - GI - Coeliac Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Case Study - CVD

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will be taught through developing knowledge of core concepts of nutrition which are then applied to specific case studies. The lectures will be given by experts working the area being covered. The lectures and applied assessment strategies (fact sheets and case studies) will be supported by weekly tutorials. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Human Nuutrition II (or equivalent)

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HNUT20060 - Human Nutrition II

Clinical Nutrition (FDSC40220)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Individual Case Study Report Week 12 n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: 4 sets of 10 questions Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: Fact Sheet Week 8 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Written feedback and grades for the factsheet and associated presentation will be given in a timely manner will be given at a group level. Written feedback for the individual case studies will also be given - outlining areas of excellence and areas for improvement MCQs will be assessed online, and feedback will be given through automatic marking

Clinical Nutrition - Nutrition Society Textbook Series, Wiley
Name Role
Professor Clare Corish Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Sharleen O'Reilly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mrs Ruth Charles Tutor
Ms Nicola Dervan Tutor
Miss Annelie Shaw Tutor