15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module will provide you with an understanding of the way in which the body metabolises nutrients under a variety of different dietary circumstances. The chemical composition and characteristics of different classes of nutrients will be covered, with reference to their physical properties and functions in the body. Nutrients will be discussed with reference to the main dietary sources. The complexities of metabolism will be considered using an integrated approach with the concept of energy flux through metabolic pathways as a focus. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the mechanisms whereby the body can adapt metabolically to different dietary circumstances. Established functions of specific micronutrients will be discussed. Some important clinical and metabolic effects of deficiency of vitamins and minerals will be covered.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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