Lifespan Nutrition

Short Course - 15 credits at SCQF level 8

Lifespan Nutrition
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of metabolic demands and nutritional requirements at key stages of the lifespan, and introduce evidence relating nutrients, diet and lifestyle-related factors to health and chronic disease prevention.

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This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Date
May 2019
Course Length
8 weeks

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.
 

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. 

ASSESSMENT
  • Written exam
INDEPENDENT STUDY

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 COURSE
All staff delivering on the course are either Registered Dietitians (HCPC) or Registered Nutritionists (AfN).
ACADEMIC SUPPORT

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.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

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.

CAMPUSMOODLE

SKILLS 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

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library 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.

UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

 
This ‘top-up’ module in nutrition is appropriate for those, who have completed relevant previous studies, who wish to progress to undertaking a PDGE in Home Economics teaching.
 
 
  • 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 2018/2019

£260

Some students may be eligible for funding via SAAS.  For more information, please see:  

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Other Fees and Charges

Disclaimer

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