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Nutrition and Metabolism

Module titleNutrition and Metabolism
Module codeESS1606
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Dr Sarah Jackman (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module will provide you with the knowledge and basic practical skills to begin to make you informed about nutrition and metabolism. You will cover the metabolism of macronutrients and begin to understand how they interact in various situations. Furthermore, there will be nutritional basics related to health and sport. You will begin to make judgements of nutritional research from both a health and performance perspective. There are no pre requisites for this module, however it should be understood that there is a level of biochemical understanding that is required.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module seeks to provide you with the necessary foundational knowledge and basic practical skills to help you understand what happens to nutrients within the body. The module will cover the nutritional basics related to health and sport. In addition, you will learn the basics of methods related to the assessment of food intake and begin to make critical judgements of nutritional research.

Graduate attributes:

You will become competent in the following:

  • Cortex which allows measurement of breath by breath analysers
  • Computer¬†programme for diet analysis
  • Calculating exercise intensities to work at for maximal fat burning
  • Collection of diet diaries/24h recall
  • Applying metabolic knowledge to different situations

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Explain the role of macro- and micronutrients in the diet
  • 2. Describe nutritional skills of assessing food intake methods, and be able to carry out diet analysis
  • 3. Understand how macronutrients are metabolised

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Apply knowledge across a range of different perspectives and concepts and apply it to practical considerations in exercise and sports

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Take responsibility for your own learning and development of the key skills of evaluation and Prioritisation
  • 6. Employ reasoned decision-making to shape practice

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Basic nutrition
  • Energy
  • Digestion and Absorption
  • Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • Fat Metabolism
  • Protein and amino acid metabolism
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Immune system
  • Hunger
  • Nitrate
  • Generic Metabolism
  • Diet analysis and prescription
  • Metabolic rate
  • Fat max
  • Food testing

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Practicals (laboratory and/or seminars)
Guided Independent Study56Learning activities include reference to independent, interdependent (peer-supported) and online activities, as well as participation in different kinds of taught classes
Guided Independent Study15Learning activities include reference to independent and online activities, prior to completion of formative on-line exams
Guided Independent Study35Learning activities will accumulate all of the independent, interdependent (peer-supported) and online activities, as well as participation in different kinds of taught class to prepare for the end of module exam


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Weekly formative computer quizzes10 minutes1, 3, 5Written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Laboratory report301200 words1, 3, 5, 6
Examination7060 minutes1-6Written


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Laboratory reportLaboratory report1-2, 5-6August assessment period
ExaminationExamination1-6August/September assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to resit the part or parts that you failed. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Indicative basic reading list:

  • McArdle (2005). Sports and Exercise Nutrition. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.
  • Bender (2008). Introduction to Nutrition and Metabolism. CRC Press.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • ELE –¬†– readings, lecture notes, web links and follow-up exercises will be posted on the module’s ELE site.
  • Online electronic journals – European Journal of Clinical Nutrition; American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Metabolism

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Nutrition, exercise, food, health

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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