FS1825: Nutrition and Sensory Science

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 10.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 15hr(s) Lectures; 5hr(s) Workshops (blended learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Alice Lucey, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Ace.
Module Objective: To provide scientific information on nutrients in food, digestion and absorption in humans, function of nutrients in the body, diet/disease relationships, dietary requirements, and the role of functional foods in human nutrition, the sensory system and food acceptability.
Module Content: The process of digestion, absorption and function of nutrients in the body. An overview of diet/disease relationships in the life cycle. The dietary guidelines and key dietary recommendatinos for the general population. The concept of functional and therapeutic foods. The sensory system, sensory interactions and influence in food preference.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Describe the mechanical and chemical processes involved in digestion, absorption and fate of nutrients in the body.
  • Understand the functions of the various nutrients in the body.
  • Describe diet/disease relationships and the importance of an adequate and balanced diet to meet the nutritional needs of the individual.
  • Describe the basic sensory systems, their interactions and role in food choice and consumption.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Online / in-class test (8 questions), 40 marks; MCQ (30 questions), 60 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): None.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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