Clinical Nutrition 1


This module provide the students with knowledge about interactions of nutrients with other components (non-nutrient food components; gene and drug interactions). The module gives also information about methods used for assessment of the nutritional status and an introduction to nutritional genomics.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an understanding about different factors that can interfere with nutrients in the body.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Evaluate the interaction nutrient / non-nutrient food components of food and their metabolic activity

2.  Discuss nutrient-drug interaction & nutrient-gene interaction

3.  Critically evaluate laboratory / biochemical parameters used to assess nutritional status

Indicative Content

1 Introduction to nutritional genomics

1.1 – Genetic fundamentals 1.2 – Genetics and Nutrition (Nutrigenomics & Nutrigenetics)

2 Food-Drug interactions

2.1 – Drug use and nutritional Status 2.2 – Drug effects on Food and Nutrients 2.3 – Food and Nutrient effects on drugs 2.4 – Alcohol (as a drug)- absorption, metabolism and effects on health

3 Non-nutrient components in foods

3.1 – Bioactives and their metabolic activity 3.2 – Main Classes of anti-nutrients and their effect on nutrient’s bioavailability 3.3 – Adverse reactions to Food/Food components

4 Functional Foods

4.1 – Definition of Functional Foods and their health benefits 4.2 – Functional Foods (Prebiotics and Probiotics) 4.3 - Functional Components

5 Laboratory data in nutrition assessment

5.1 – Indicators of Protein-Energy Malnutrition (undernutrition- starvation and chronic undernutrition) 5.2 – Inflammation and Biochemical Assessment 5.3 – Markers of vitamins status (overview of function and deficiency) 5.4 – Markers of iron status (overview of function and deficiency)

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module is going to be delivered as a mixture of interactive lectures and tutorials. Lectures aim at informing and developing students’ knowledge of the subject. Tutorials will be based on an enquiry-based and problem-based learning. Students are expected to be motivated self-learners in both theory and practice (in the form of case studies). Tutorials are employed to ensure that the students use both problem-solving and self-learning skills. These teaching and learning strategies focus on developing student’s skills in accordance with Abertay graduate attributes.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 22
Assessment 40
Independent 114

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 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.