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RN5507: NUTRITION AND HEALTH (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

Course Overview

This course will provide a detailed knowledge of the relationships between diet, human development, health, and disease. Topics covered include diet and nutrition across the life course, integration and adaptability of different metabolic pathways to e.g. starvation, exercise, and the role of diet in the development of diseases including cancer and cardiovascular disease. In addition, it will also provide insight into the effects of malnutrition and food processing on health. A combination of lectures, and a laboratory class will help consolidate your understanding of the impact food and nutrients on health.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Alan Sneddon

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

  • One of MSc Human Nutrition or Master Of Science In Genetics And Human Nutrition or Master Of Science In Cardiovascular Science & Diabetes
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • RN5004 Nutrition and Health (Passed)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

By the end of the course you should have an understanding of the following:

  1. The relationship between diet, human development and health
  2. The integration and adaptability of different metabolic pathways in response to starvation and exercise
  3. The relationship between diet and disease (particularly cancer, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes) and the effects of food processing and malnutrition

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

Lab Report (25%)

1000-word Essay (25%)

Class Test (50%) 

Alternative Resit Assessment

30 minute Oral Test for any student that fails the course overall.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandSummarise how different metabolic pathways within the body integrate and adapt to starvation and to exercise.
ConceptualAnalyseAppraise the influence of different dietary factors on human development and the effect of an unbalanced diet including malnutrition.
ProceduralEvaluateEvaluate the evidence for the role of diet in the development and prevention of disease, especially noncommunicable diseases and determine the effects played by factors such as food processing.

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