Module details for 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

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

For session 2020/21 the expectation is that the teaching and learning hours stated in this descriptor will form a mix of synchronous and asynchronous student/staff activity, with the majority of this being online. The exact pattern of this activity is likely to vary from the standard face-to-face hours listed below but the overall student effort remains the same. Up-to-date information on the delivery of the module can be found on the relevant module MLS site and on your student timetable.

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 24
Tutorial/Seminar 24
Practical Activity 30
Assessment 50
Independent 72
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2020/21 , and may be subject to change for future years.