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RN5002: ASSESSMENT OF NUTRITIONAL HEALTH (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

This course will give you a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of the methods used to assess nutritional status, including body composition, dietary intake and energy expenditure assessment. It includes a  ‘hands-on’ experience of using a a dietary assessment technique used routinely by nutritionists. The assignments for this course are designed to help you develop the skills you will employ in daily life as a nutritionist these include presenting and conducting a nutritional assessment of a client and being determining the best methods for nutritional assessment.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
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What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will give you a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of the methods used to assess nutritional status, dietary intake and the nutritional composition of food. Theory will be put into practice through a practical workshop to give you ‘hands-on’ experience of using assessment techniques using equipment routinely employed by nutritionists. The assignments for this course are designed to help you develop the skills you will employ in daily life as a nutritionist these include presenting conducting a nutritional assessment of a client. Through the discussions and assignments you will also develop your skills in critically appraising dietary, nutrition and health research methods, in order to understand the limitations of the scientific basis of nutritional knowledge. By the completion of the course you will be able to integrate knowledge and understanding from a variety of sources to identify or propose solutions resulting in improvement of human health, through dietary or physical activity change.


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

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
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This is a new assessment as students were having trouble with the software (Windiets). I have added a formative activity to allow them to practice Windiets and then given them this assessment to allow them to use the software and also interpret results. The assessment requires them to follow instructions to operate the software and input data and then analyse the results and use Dietary Reference Values to decide whether the diet is optimal or lacking in required micro/macronutrients. They also will be asked to design a one day diet to achieve an optimal fibre diet using windiest in this assessment. They will be asked to submit answers through MyAberdeen and Turnitin.

Word Count 500
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Essay

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Written assessment . They are set questions, no word count. words)

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Formative Assessment

Class Test - Multiple Choice Questions

Assessment Type Formative Weighting 40
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Resit Assessments

Oral Exam

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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralEvaluateDemonstrate ability to carry out sample selection and ensure validity, accuracy, calibration, precision, replicability and highlight uncertainty during collection of nutritional status data.
ReflectionCreateDemonstrate professional competency in communication of nutritional information with a range of audiences.
ProceduralAnalyseClarify the principles of how body mass and energy balance are controlled in the scientific basis for the measurement and estimation of nutritional requirements and dietary reference values
ProceduralAnalyseIdentify and illustrate the theory and methods of investigation the dietary, nutrient and activity patterns of the general population, sub groups and the individual.
ProceduralAnalyseDetermine the nutritional needs of an individual or group of individuals, taking into consideration factors such as age, gender, physical activity, and lifestyle.
ReflectionEvaluateRecall the principles underpinning, and strengths and limitations of, common methods of assessment of nutritional health including anthropometry, body composition assessment, and dietary assessment

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