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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Focuses on the dynamic interplay between nutrient availability and requirement in health, at different life-stages and when health is compromised, particularly when this affects the multiple systems that control appetite, nutrient absorption, assimilation and excretion. 

Unit content

Topic 1: Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics and single nucleotide polymorphisms

Topic 2: The effects of diet on the physiology of the upper GIT and nutritional consequences of common pathology. Related drug-nutrient interactions.

Topic 3: Gall bladder and exocrine pancreas: control, effect and compromise.

Topic 4: Impact of dietary and lifestyle choices on liver function. Related drug-nutrient interactions.

Topic 5: The nutrition physiology of the lower GIT (ilium and colon), including the microbiota.

Topic 6: Changes in nutritional physiology and appetite control in obesity.

Topic 7: Fluid balance, acid-base and electrolyte balance. Chronic kidney disease and the effect of diet and lifestyle on morbidity and mortality. 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 summarise the role of nutrition in genetic changes, single nucleotide polymorphisms and epigenetics
2 synthesise factors engaged in the regulation of the gastrointestinal tract in health and changes due to common pathologies
3 summarise the metabolic functions of the liver and evaluate effects of dietary and lifestyle choices
4 evaluate the evidence on gastrointestinal microbiota in health and disease
5 summarise the systems involved in electrolyte, acid-base and fluid balance and relate these to chronic renal disease
6 evaluate the evidence of altered nutrition physiology and appetite regulation in obesity
7 develop an evidence-based independent approach to learning using information technology in knowledge communication

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. summarise the role of nutrition in genetic changes, single nucleotide polymorphisms and epigenetics
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. synthesise factors engaged in the regulation of the gastrointestinal tract in health and changes due to common pathologies
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. summarise the metabolic functions of the liver and evaluate effects of dietary and lifestyle choices
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. evaluate the evidence on gastrointestinal microbiota in health and disease
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. summarise the systems involved in electrolyte, acid-base and fluid balance and relate these to chronic renal disease
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  6. evaluate the evidence of altered nutrition physiology and appetite regulation in obesity
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  7. develop an evidence-based independent approach to learning using information technology in knowledge communication
    • GA1: