Food and Nutrition 1 – An Introduction

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Food and Nutrition 1 – An Introduction

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Nutrition and Food Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Successful completion of introductory university level biology.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module introduces students to the study and practice of human nutrition, and
    focuses primarily on macronutrients and micronutrients but will also include water and

    Students will also be introduced to the social functions of food and nutrition in society as
    well as basic applications of food science in everyday life.
    Autumn Semester content summary: social functions of food and nutrition,
    macronutrients, dietary energy, an introduction to body composition.

    Topics covered may include:
    ? Introduction to the study of human nutrition and the role of a nutritionist;
    ? Factors which determine food choice in a variety of settings; e.g. historical,
    cultural, religious, practical, economical, psychological, habitual within different
    social groups; e.g. individuals, families, older people, institutions;
    ? Food availability - investigation of types of food available, how food is sold in the
    UK and changing shopping and cooking practices;
    ? Energy content of food, measurement of energy expenditure, concept and
    determinants of energy balance;
    ? Dietary carbohydrates, lipids and proteins: Classification, structure, sources,
    function, metabolic disposal;
    ? Alcohol: nutrient value; metabolism; interaction with other nutrients;
    ? Contribution of the structures of macronutrients to the properties and behaviour
    of food;

    Spring Semester content summary: micronutrients, food tables, dietary reference
    values, introduction to food science.
    ? The application of food science to food preservation, processing, packaging and
    ? Influence of cooking procedures on the nutrient value, texture and flow of
    ? The sensory properties of food, the principles of sensory evaluation and their
    applications in laboratory and consumer settings;
    ? Dietary Reference Values for macronutrients and micronutrients: definitions,
    derivation and interpretation in population groups;
    ? Dietary analysis using food composition tables and computer software;
    ? Body composition compartments and measurement;
    ? Measurement of energy and nitrogen balance;
    ? Water and fat soluble vitamins, minerals and trace elements;
    ? Changing patterns of agriculture and food supply.

    Teaching: Lectures and online lectures, group tutorials, workshops, practical sessions and fieldwork

    ? Exam (50%)
    ? Coursework: Essay writing or plans, practical/fieldwork write-up,
    practical/fieldwork portfolio (with completion of online workshop) (50%)
    Examples of coursework weightings:
    Practical/fieldwork write-up with preparatory work (e.g. completion of online
    workshop): 25%; Essay: 25%
    Practical/fieldwork portfolio (combination of lab based practicals and fieldwork):
    30%; Essay plans: 20%
    ? Portfolio 1 (50%)
    ? In-Class test A (50%)
    ? Portfolio 1 (50%)
    ? In-Class test B (50%)

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

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