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BIOL6043 Nutrition in Health and Disease: Part 2

Module Overview

The aim of this module is to study specific topics in nutrition which are considered to be of importance to human health and are currently the focus of significant interest including developing new recommendations for intake or means of assuring adequate status. Each topic will be studied in terms of its molecular, cellular and whole body effects. The module will include vitamins, cancer, ageing, omega-3 fatty acids and adverse reactions to food.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the dietary sources and biological functions of specific nutrients.
  • Discuss how variation in nutrient intakes influences patterns of health and susceptibility to disease.
  • Discuss the evidence that changing the composition of the gut bacteria can produce specific health benefits.
  • Describe the biochemistry and molecular biology of vitamin D and the factors involved in determining vitamin D status.
  • Describe the role of vitamin D in bone health and the mechanisms involved.
  • Describe the biochemistry of omega-3 fatty acids and their importance to human health.
  • Discuss some of the current questions and controversies surrounding recommendations for intake of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Describe the physiological and immunological mechanisms that underlie adverse reactions to food.
  • Explain how knowledge of these mechanisms has been used to develop strategies to reduce the severity of specific types of food allergy and intolerance.


This module deals with nutrients and dietary changes that are currently the focus of research and debate, including governmental policy making, with respect to their mechanisms of action and their importance to human health. The topics covered include vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, and food intolerance and allergy.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and independent study. The lectures will be common to both BIOL 3055 and 3064.

Independent Study130
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Literature review  (3000 words) 20%
Oral presentation  (15 minutes) 5%
Written exam  (2 hours) 75%


MethodPercentage contribution
Literature review %
Oral presentation %
Written exam %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites BIOL3054 or BIOL6042 or BIOL2012 or BIOL2013

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