Principles of Human Nutrition

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Principles of Human Nutrition

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Nutrition and Food Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisites: BY4001 - BIOLOGY 1, BY4002 - BIOLOGY 2, CH4102 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    Rationale and Purpose of the Module: To introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of Human Nutrition

    Syllabus: This module will examine nutrients, their function, metabolism and food sources as well as discuss the latest research in the role of nutrition for the promotion of optimal health and prevention of disease. The absorption, digestion and essential functions of the macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein and lipids) and the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) will be explored. Changes in nutritional requirements at different stages of the life cycle will discussed as well as special needs during pregnancy, lactation and aging. The impact of nutrition and food on the promotion of health and the prevention of disease will be fully explored. Topics covered include: energy requirements, carbohydrates, protein, lipids, absorption, digestion and metabolism of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, water, dietary standards, heart disease, cancer, obesity, maternal nutrition/lactation, infant/childhood/teenage nutrition

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