Human Nutrition and Metabolism


This module provides a detailed examination of the nutrients required by humans throughout the life cycle, their sources in food and in the Irish diet, with a critical assessment of recommended dietary allowances (RDAs). It also studies biochemical aspects of nutrition, together with nutrient requirements, growth and development at key stages of the life cycle.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the nature and contribution of diet and nutrition to maintenance of essential metabolic processes.

  2. Understand the changing nutritional requirements through periods of growth, development and activity.

  3. Explain the physiological and biochemical processes associated with digestion and metabolism of food.

  4. Examine the protective roles of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory dietary components in health and chronic disease.

  5. Interpret and critically evaluate the scientific literature.

  6. Exhibit problem based learning skills and the ability to apply scientific knowledge to nutrition-related scenarios.

  7. Apply the main biochemical, clinical and physical measures for assessing nutritional status and the signs and symptoms of micronutrient inadequacy and/or deficiency.

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