PHPS40920 Adv Clin Nutr & Dietetics

Academic Year 2022/2023

The aim of this module is to develop students’ understanding of the impact of clinical conditions on nutritional status. Students will explore the principles, strengths and limitations of nutritional assessment, nutritional diagnosis, nutritional interventions, patient/client monitoring and outcome evaluation in a range of clinical conditions requiring dietetic management in the acute care setting. The module will equip students to manage a range of nutrition problems that require dietetic intervention in the acute care setting. Coursework in this module includes appraisal of a topic in clinical nutrition, a short question assessment, an individual care plan for a designated condition and a group-based presentation on a specified case study. This is a core module for the MSc Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics and successful completion is a pre-requisite for the Acute Practice Placement module.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module students should be able to:
i. understand the prevalence, causes, consequences and management of disease-related malnutrition.
ii. develop care plans for a range of conditions requiring dietetic management in the acute care setting.
iii. appraise current nutrition guidelines and translate these into practical dietetics management strategies.
iv. develop skills to evaluate new treatment modalities into new practice guidelines in line with research and/or professional advances in the field.

Indicative Module Content:

Dietetic management of patients/clients with:
Diseases of the large bowel
Diseases of the stomach and oesophagus
Inflammatory bowel disease
Intestinal failure
Liver disease
Pancreatic diseases
Kidney disease
Cystic fibrosis
Eating disorders
Neurological disorders
Palliative care
Critical care
Enteral and parenteral nutrition
Paediatric conditions requiring dietetic management
Inborn errors of metabolism
Food-borne infections
Hospital acquired infections
Antimicrobial resistance
The human microbiome

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Critical writing
Active/task-based learning
Peer work
Enquiry-based learning
Case-based learning
Student presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Critical appraisal of a peer-reviewed journal article on a topic in clinical nutrition/dietetics Week 5 n/a Graded Yes


Assignment: Multiple-choice/Short question assessment Week 8 n/a Graded Yes


Group Project: Case study presentation Week 10 n/a Graded Yes


Assignment: Written care plan Week 9 n/a Graded Yes


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
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The assignments and feedback provided in this module are designed to develop students' knowledge and skills in clinical nutrition. Feedback is provided early on in the module on the assignment to critically appraise an peer-reviewed publication in order to support students understanding of critical appraisal skills. Feedback is provided on the multiple-choice/short question assignment which is designed to consolidate and demonstrate student learning on this module in preparation for the practice placement (acute). Immediate feedback is provided in class on the case study presentations and written feedback is provided on the case study write-ups.

Name Role
Dr Sarah Browne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mrs Ruth Charles Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Nicola Dervan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Séamus Fanning Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Oonagh Griffin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Cathal O'Hara Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Miss Annelie Shaw Lecturer / Co-Lecturer