HNUT40250 Clinical Nutrition O/L

Academic Year 2023/2024

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:

On completion of this module you will be able to discuss critically:
● the changes in nutritional requirements in various disease states
● the evidence linking foods, nutrients and dietary patterns to the aetiology of major diet-related diseases
● the role of diet in management and prevention of various disease
● various methods of nutritional assessment in the context of different disease states
● understand and compile therapeutic diets for various diseases states.

Indicative Module Content:

This module will cover: the principles of clinical nutrition, nutritional assessment, nutritional support, nutritional management of disease, dietary management of overnutrition, dietary management of diabetes, dietary management of undernutrition in older people, allergies, paediatrics, coeliac disease and irritable bowel syndrome, and cardiovascular disease.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Weekly online lectures will be supported with regular tutorials with active learning incorporated. Group and peer work is incorporated into an assessment task plus the critical writing assignment involves group sharing and integration of knowledge. Reflective learning is built into assessments as students will be asked to self assess using a defined rubric, this will then be used to tailor feedback post-assessment. The case study assignment is case-based learning that will require complete integration of clinical nutrition knowledge which is then applied to a case. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HNUT40070 - Nutrients in theLifeCycle(O/L), HNUT40090 - Pathways to Health (O/L)

PHPS20030 - App Clin Nutrit for Healthcare

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Presentation Week 8 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ4 is a set of 10 questions Week 11 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ1 is a set of 10 ques Week 3 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ2 is a set of 10 questions Week 6 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Individual case study report Week 12 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: Fact sheet Week 7 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ3 is a set of 10 questions Week 9 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% 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
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The MCQs will provide students with online automated feedback on their understanding of learning materials as the semester progresses. The Fact Sheet and associated Presentation will provide peer review activities within the process of preparing the fact sheet and associated presentation. Post-assessment students will receive group-level feedback. The Case Study will have self-assessment as part of the final assessment submission. Post-assessment the student will receive individual and group-level feedback.

Name Role
Professor Eileen Gibney Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Clare Corish Tutor
Anna Delahunt Tutor
Ms Nicola Dervan Tutor
Pauline Dunne Tutor
Dr Fiona Lalor Tutor
Cathal O'Hara 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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