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PU5539: ASSESSMENT OF NUTRITIONAL STATUS (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

This course will give you a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of the methods used to assess nutritional status, including dietary intake, assessment of body composition and energy expenditure applied in the context of energy balance. Theory will be put into practice through a series of practical workshop and laboratory sessions to give you ‘hands-on’ experience of using a range of assessment techniques using state-of-the-art equipment routinely employed by nutritional scientists. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Alex Johnstone

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The assignments for this course are designed to help you develop the skills you will employ in daily life as a nutritional scientist these include presenting an academic poster, producing a paper and critical evaluation of a case-study research proposal. Lectures and practical classes on nutritional status that covers body composition, dietary assessment and energy expenditure and metabolism, as components of energy balance.

By the end of the course students should have a deep understanding of the following:

  1. Methods used to assess body composition and principles and application principles and assumptions relating to methods of assessing nutritional status
  2. The composition and nutritional analysis of foods and diets, with the use of food composition tables. Principles and assumptions and application of methods of dietary assessment and the validation of dietary intake data.
  3. The use of indirect calorimetry to measure resting energy expenditure and how to estimate RMR; alternative methods to assess physical activity
  4. Components of energy balance, energy expenditure, energy requirements and bioenergetics.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Field Course during University week27
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 25, 28
  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 26 - 27, 29 - 30, 33 - 34
  • 4 Lectures during University week31
  • 2 Lectures during University week32
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 25, 27, 29
  • 2 Practicals during University weeks 26, 30
  • 2 Tutorials during University week26
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 33 - 34

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Assignment 1 - Poster on Anthropometric Assessment - 30% mark

Assignment 2 - Research paper for lab report on multi-method dietary analysis - 30% mark

Assignment 3 - Essay on research proposal critical evaluation -  40% mark

Formative Assessment

Food diary evaluation self-test

Feedback

None.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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