HNUT40280 Nutritional Physiology

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is for students taking the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or MSc in Food, Nutrition and Health.
This module seeks to provide students with an introduction to the fundamental understanding of physiology of the human body systems with a special emphasis on food digestion. This module will provide the prior knowledge required as the basis for the later study of the control and integration of body systems and disease.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

● Recall the structure and properties of body tissues and organs.
● Relate the structure and function of each of the body systems.
● Describe how food is digested and absorbed.
● Outline the role of each of the body systems studied in the maintenance of homeostasis

Indicative Module Content:

The module will cover: core concepts in physiology including homeostasis, the upper and lower gastrointestinal system, urinary system, endocrine system, nervous system, immune system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, and muscular system.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module will be delivered entirely online.
Lectures will be recorded and uploaded weekly and live tutorials will be held online every week throughout the trimester. The assessments will require peer and group work and reflective learning in addition to critical writing, student presentations, and enquiry based learning.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
FDSC40500 - Chemistry of Nutrients(O/L), FDSC40510 - Food Chemistry (O/L), HNUT40060 - Intro to Nutrition (O/L)

HNUT10030 - Physiology for Nutrition

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Critical review of a research article in the context of nutritional physiology. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Group Project: Group project on a set topic. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Five team based learning (TBL) MCQ sessions on set topics will be held between weeks 2-11, individual and team assessment occurs. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


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

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

AT1 Team Based Learning will provide in-class immediate feedback to students in groups on their understanding of core knowledge and during the test process peer review activities will occur. AT2 Group Project will provide peer review activities as students prepare a group project. They will receive feedback on a draft prior to summative assessment and students will self-assess their final product. Post-assessment each student will receive the group's feedback as well as a class-level feedback on group performance. AT3 will provide peer review prior to submission and through group discussion boards. Students will self-assess their final submitted work and receive feedback post-assessment on individual performance and class-level feedback.

Name Role
Mr Patrick Elliott Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
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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