Short Course - 15 credits at SCQF level 8
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Complete University Guide (2019)
This module will develop your knowledge further in relation to nutritional requirements throughout the various stages of the lifespan: pre-conceptual, foetal life, pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, ageing and senescence. A particular emphasis will be placed on the factors affecting nutritional requirements and food choice at these stages including, genetics, physiological and metabolic changes, age, gender, socioeconomics circumstances, psychology, beliefs, ethnicity, religion, culture, lifestyle, food sustainability and physical activity. You will explore current nutritional recommendations and guidelines, and how these can be implemented on both a personal and public health basis.
The learning outcomes for the module are:
- Explain the nutritional requirements throughout the stages of the lifespan.
- Explain food patterns and factors affecting food choice throughout the stages of the lifespan, and implications for menu planning.
- Discuss the implications of food and lifestyle choices on growth and development, and healthy ageing.
- Identify the policies and guidelines to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities throughout the lifespan.
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Directed study activities will be given each week over the duration of the course. In addition, online ‘live’ tutorials will take place, supplemented by online discussion forums.
- Written exam
Independent study is expected throughout. In addition to reading around the topic to enhance your knowledge, you will be directed to do particular tasks and submit your findings. A full brief of what you are required to do, and when, will be provided at the start of the module.
STAFF DELIVERING THIS COURSEAll staff delivering on the course are either Registered Dietitians (HCPC) or Registered Nutritionists (AfN).
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
LEARNING & SUPPORT
All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.
- HS2132 Food, Culture and Human Nutrition (or equivalent)
* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry.
for Academic session 2019/2020
Some students may be eligible for funding via SAAS. For more information, please see:
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and living costs
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
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