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Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04

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 e.g. starvation, exercise, and the role of diet in the development of diseases including cancer and cardiovascular disease. During the course you will also develop the skills required to select and critically appraise scientific evidence.

Course Details

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

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The aim is to cover changing nutritional requirements through the lifecourse. 

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

Infographic (30%)

Short answer paper (45%)

MCQ (25%)

Resit (for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21)

Oral resit

Resit (for students who took the course in Academic Year 2019/20 and C8 students)

Oral resit at end of term

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseDemonstrate the scientific basis of the safety and health promoting properties of nutrients and non-nutrient components of food, based on the metabolic effects of nutrients, anti-nutrients, toxicants,
ConceptualEvaluateDemonstrate critical knowledge of the relationship between nutrition in health and disease, human development and consequences of an unbalanced diet
ProceduralEvaluateInterpret and present data related to nutritional aspects of development
ConceptualUnderstandDescribe the role of religious and cultural beliefs and practices that impact on food, nutrition and health
ConceptualCreateDesign a diet to meet a specification appropriate for a stated situation for an individual or group
FactualUnderstandDemonstrate detailed knowledge of integration and adaptability of different metabolic pathways in response to environmental stimuli including starvation and exercise
ConceptualEvaluateDemonstrate extensive, detailed and critical knowledge of food commodities (staple foods, main sources of key nutrients, novel foods etc) within UK and/or internationally
ConceptualApplyDescribe how the nutritional needs change with age, gender, physical activity, lifestyle etc
FactualUnderstandDemonstrate critical knowledge of the nature of common conditions that require dietary manipulation or can affect physical activity, such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease

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