Fundamentals of Nutrition


This module provides students with fundamental knowledge of nutrition, metabolism and digestion to obtain relationship between diet and health.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an understanding of physiological and metabolic basis for dietary requirements as well as the role of nutrients in the body.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Recognise sources and functions of macro and micronutrients

2.  Explain the importance of a balanced diet, the relationship between diet and health and the basis for setting nutritional guidelines

3.  Relate the structure of the digestion system to the processes involved in the digestion and absorption of nutrients

4.  Outline the production of energy in the tissues (aerobically and anaerobically)

5.  Explain the concept of energy balance and body composition and methods to assess it

6.  Appraise the nutrition assessment methods

Indicative Content

1 Nutrients and nourishment


2 Nutritional guidelines

3 Nutritional assessment methods

4 Macronutrients: sources, functions and regulation in the body

5 Micronutrients: sources, functions and regulation in the body

7 Metabolic endocrinology (major hormonal effects on energy balance and health)

8 Physiology of digestive system

Physiology of digestive system

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module will be delivered through a mixture of interactive lectures, tutorials and practical. Tutorials will be based on an enquiry-based and problem-based learning and will be supported by technology-based learning. The laboratory sessions will provide an alternative learning environment and include group practical work, group discussion and numerical calculations.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 24
Tutorial/Seminar 24
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 30
Assessment 50
Independent 72

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.