Full Title:Nutrition through the Lifecycle
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:NUTR N8001
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to inform the student about dietary requirements for each stage in the lifecycle from preconception to old age and to assess the evidence for particular food ingredients to support health.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Describe the physiological changes that occur in the human lifecycle.
  2. Identify specific nutrient requirements for each stage of the lifecycle.
  3. Plan diets to adequately meet nutritional needs at a given level and identify ways to address common nutritional problems.
  4. Suggest dietary components that would be useful in the diet of individuals who are obese, or suffer heart disease,diabetes,osteoporosis,cancer, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract or neurological problems and evaluate the evidence for their inclusion.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Lifecycle nutrition
Preconception care,Fertility Nutritional needs through pregnancy, Anatomy and physiology of lactation, Feeding the newborn, Infant nutrition, Assessment of food intake, Nutrition for toddlers and preschool children, Nutrition for school age children and adolescence,common nutritional problems at each level. Overnutrition and eating disorders. Physiological changes with aging :nutrition needs:nutrition assessment. Functional food ingredients for disease risk reduction (eg omega 3 fats, probiotics,prebiotics,phytosterols, phytochemicals)-assessment of the evidence for or against their inclusion in the diet to support health.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Class Test The exam will follow the format of either multiple choice, true/false or short answer questions or case study. Responses will be expected to reflect knowledge of material contained in the readings as well as information presented in class. 1,2 25.00 0 0 n/a 0
Group Project Students will be asked to form groups of 3-4 people. The students will be asked to research a topic related to some aspect of lifecycle nutrition and present their findings to the class in the form of a presentation and a short summary or a short summary and a debate. 2,4 25.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 78.00 Once per semester 5.20
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.20
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Brown, Judith E 2011, Nutrition through the Lifecycle, 4th Ed., Wadsworth Cengage Learning USA [ISBN: 13 -978-0-538-73617-6]
  • Langley-Evans,S 2009, Nutrition - a lifespan approach, 1st Ed., Wiley-Blackwell UK [ISBN: 978 1 4051 7878 5]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Derbyshire,E 2011, Nutrition in Childbearing Years, 1st Ed., Wiley- Blackwell UK [ISBN: 9781444333053]
  • Katsilambros N et al 2011, Clinical Nutrition in Practice, 1st Ed., Wiley- Blackwell UK [ISBN: 9781444348576]
  • Hoffmann R, Gerber M 2011, The Mediterranean diet: Health and Science, 1st Ed., 4,5,6,7,9,10,11,12.13, Wiley-Blackwell UK [ISBN: 9781444330021]
  • More,J 2013, Infant,Child and Adolescent Nutrition-a Practical Approach, CRC Press UK [ISBN: 9781444111859]
  • British Nutrition Foundation 2013, Nutrition and Development -Short and long term consequences for health., 1 Ed., Wiley -Blackwell UK [ISBN: 978-1-4443-3678-8]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Gardiner PM et al 2008, The clinical content of preconception care nutrition and dietary supplements, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 199,6 suppl2, S345-56
  • Ladipo, O 2000, Nutrition in Pregnancy, Am J Clin Nut, 72 (supp l0), 280S -90S
  • Suskind DL 2009, Nutritional deficiencies during normal growth and development, Pediatr Clin N Am, 56, 1035-1053
  • selected articles from n/a, :British Journal of Nutrition, Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics,Nutrition Bulletin, Journal of Maternal and Clinical Nutrition,American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NHAPA_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Physical Activity 5 Mandatory
DK_NHAPA_8X7 Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Activity (Exit Award) 5 Mandatory