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MODULE DESCRIPTOR
Module Title
Micronutrients
Reference AS2023 Version 4
Created August 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 8
Approved September 2004 SCQF Points 15
Amended August 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To provide students with an understanding of the requirements for micronutrients, their dietary sources, their functions and metabolism, and the consequences of inadequate or excessive intakes.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Describe food sources of micronutrients and outline the factors influencing these sources, including dietary interactions, food handling, and fortification.
2 Describe the processes involved in micronutrient absorption, metabolism, storage, interactions, and excretion.
3 Describe the functions of micronutrients.
4 Explain the requirements for micronutrients and describe the causes and consequences of inadequate and excessive intakes of micronutrients including prevention and treatment.
5 Explain the importance of consumption of a varied diet and advise about modifying an imbalanced diet to meet dietary recommendations.

Indicative Module Content
Structures and isomeric forms of vitamins; minerals; trace elements; availability and bioavailability; non-dietary sources, supplementation, fortification; absorption; transport; activation; storage; functions; homeostatic regulation; catabolism; excretion; requirements; dietary reference values; nutritional status, average intakes, and prevalence of deficiencies; deficiency signs, symptoms, and their treatment; biochemical measures; upper limits and toxicities.

Module Delivery
Theoretical material is delivered by lectures and web based material supported by tutorials and laboratory practicals including dietary analysis.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 34 N/A
Non-Contact Hours 116 N/A
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 N/A
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

ASSESSMENT PLAN
If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Examination Weighting: 60% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description: Component 1 is an unseen closed book examination.
Component 2
Type: Coursework Weighting: 40% Outcomes Assessed: 5
Description: Component 2 is a report.

MODULE PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTOR
Explanatory Text
This module is assessed using the two components of assessment as detailed in the Assessment Plan. To pass this module, students must achieve a module grade D or better.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A Final aggregate mark of 70% or greater and a minimum of 35% in C1 and C2.
B Final aggregate mark of 60-69% and a minimum of 35% in C1 and C2.
C Final aggregate mark of 50-59% and a minimum of 35% in C1 and C2.
D Final aggregate mark of 40-49% and a minimum of 35% in C1 and C2.
E Marginal fail. Final aggregate mark of 35-39% and a minimum of 35% in C1 and C2.
F Fail. A mark of less than 35% in either Component.
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

INDICATIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
1 BENDER, D.A., 2008. Introduction to nutrition and metabolism, 4th ed. Boca Raton FL: CRC Press.
2 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, 1991. Dietary reference values for food, energy and nutrients for the United Kingdom. Report on health and social subjects, 41. London: HMSO.
3 GIBNEY, M.J., et al., 2009. Introduction to human nutrition, 2nd ed. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
4 LANHAM-NEW, S., MACDONALD,I.A. and ROCHE, H., 2011. Nutrition and metabolism, 2nd ed. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
5 INSEL, P.M., et al., 2011. Nutrition, 4th ed. Sudbury MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.


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