Nutrition through the Lifespan


In this module nutrient needs, nutritional status and associated nutritional issues are explored using a lifespan model.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of life-cycle nutritional needs, the importance of suitable food choices to meet these needs and the potential influence of early diet and food choice on health throughout the lifespan.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Explain nutritional requirements at different stages of the lifespan.

2.  Discuss the relationship between diet and health status at different life stages.

3.  Evaluate factors that may affect nutritional status throughout the lifecycle.

4.  Apply practical guidelines for menu planning and food preparation provision relevant to different stages of the lifespan

Indicative Content

1 Nutrition during the lifecycle

Overall review of the module aims, objectives and content of material

2 Nutrition during pregnancy and lactation

3 Nutrition during infancy

4 Nutrition in childhood

5 Nutrition in adolescence

6 Nutrition in adulthood

7 Nutrition in aging

8 Nutrition and sports

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching takes the form of lectures and directed study, aimed at informing and developing students’ knowledge of the subject. Lectures are supported by small group workshops, when students are presented with mini case studies linked to the lecture topic. Assessment takes the form of an examination (both essay style questions and short questions) where students can evidence learning, understanding and academic writing skills.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 24
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 124

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.