Clinical Nutrition 2


This module explores the role of nutrition on the prevention and management of a variety of diseases.


The aim of this module is to enable the student to understand the relative contribution of diet, and other factors, to major causes of diseases and to appreciate the principles incorporated in risk reduction interventions

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Critically evaluate and appreciate the role of the relative contribution of diet and other factors in the aetiology of the major causes of nutrition related diseases.

2.  Explain the mechanisms, treatment and prevention of a given clinical disorder with nutritional impact

Indicative Content

1 Risk factors for major causes of illness - use of epidemiological and intervention studies to characterise risk factors for major causes of morbility and mortality

2 Principles of the management of diseases (e.g. cancer, anaemia, diabetes type 2, gastrointestinal disorders; metabolic disorders)

3 Role of Nutrition in the prevention of diseases

4 Dietary intervention strategies

5 Nutrition support (e.g. enteral and parenteral nutrition)

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Inter-active lectures. Lectures aim at introducing the main aspects of a nutritionally relevant disease (e.g. prevalence, mechanisms, aetiology, prevention & management). Tutorials will be student-led and students will be presenting/discussing relevant information/research on the role of key nutrients related to specific disease. These tutorials can have the form of a presentation (individual or group) and/or group discussion. 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 20
Assessment 60
Independent 96

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.