Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 Hours   MCQ  MCQ completed through Blackboard  50%
Semester Assessment Essay  1000 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  1000 Words  50%
Supplementary Exam 1 Hours   Exam  Online exam (MCQ, short answer)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate a base of knowledge concerning the role of nutrition in health and sport performance.

Discuss dietary guidelines and recommendations for health and sport.

Evaluate dietary information and show judgement about its scientific significance.

Brief description

This module will introduce students to key roles of nutrition in the human body and to consider the influence of nutrition in disease and in healthy populations. The module will provide the basis for development of the students understanding of the role of nutrition in health and performance in subsequent modules.




Fluid balance
Urine osmolarity
Recommended intakes, DRI, RDA
Guidelines for healthy diets e.g.:
• food pyramids,
• healthy plate,
• five a day
Energy balance
Blood glucose response to CHO
Food diary and FFQ
Estimating substrate use at rest and during activity
Body comp, BMI

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience Students will be provided with academic and skill challenges during practical sessions and completion of assessment
Co-ordinating with others Laboratory sessions: • Working in groups in laboratory sessions
Creative Problem Solving Completion of assessments (Exam and Essay) Laboratory sessions
Critical and analytical thinking Completion of assessments (Exam and Essay) Laboratory sessions
Digital capability Assessment (Exam, online platform and Essay using MS word) Laboratory sessions • Food diary and Food frequency questionnaire
Professional communication Working in the lab will require to communicate in a professional manner with peers
Real world sense Assessment (Essay, interpreting dietary guidelines) Laboratory sessions: • Working with participants as clients
Reflection Self, peer and lecturer feedback during contact hours
Subject Specific Skills Laboratory sessions: • Capillary blood sample taking • Food Diary • Indirect calorimetry • Body composition assessment


This module is at CQFW Level 4