module specification

BE5063 - Micronutrient Physiology (2020/21)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2020/21
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Micronutrient Physiology
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
0 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
114 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 50%   Web-based multiple choice (I hour, 3 tests, an average mark is taken)
Unseen Examination 50%   written Exam (1 hour)
Running in 2020/21

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module develops a critical understanding of the metabolic function of micronutrients and to demonstrate the consequences of insufficient and excessive nutrient intakes in human nutrition.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. Specifically it aims to develop a critical understanding of the physiology and biochemistry of micronutrients. To demonstrate the metabolic consequences of insufficient and excessive nutrient intakes in human nutrition. This module will also provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of some personal responsibility and decision making.


The specified learning outcomes will be developed around a framework based on the following subject matter: LO1, LO2
Micronutrients: physiological and biochemical aspects of vitamin, mineral and trace element metabolism, to include: dietary sources, chemistry, metabolic functions, turnover, storage, catabolism and excretion; physiological, biochemical and clinical consequences of insufficient, imbalanced and excessive intakes of micronutrients; physiological basis for assessment of requirement; parameters for assessment their nutritional status.
Metabolic roles of the essential fatty acids. Cellular generation of reactive oxygen species. Endogenous and dietary anti-oxidants.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Acquisition of knowledge of the subject matter of this module will be promoted through lecturer-led lectures and tutorial workshops; web based learning and through the guided use of student-centred learning resources. Small group work will be used to consolidate the student with guidance for directed activities. Self managed time and private study should be spread out over the whole module and not left until the final weeks.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Explain how minerals and vitamins are metabolised in the body and have developed an awareness of the limitations of current knowledge and methodologies relevant to the physiology and biochemistry of human nutrition
2. Have developed an ability to apply nutritional theory to practical situations

Assessment strategy

This module will be formatively and summatively assessed by:
1. Three on-line phase test; whereby an average mark is taken of the 3 tests.
2. Progress written exam (1 hour).


Bender DA (2014) An Introduction to Nutrition & Metabolism. 5th Ed. London: CRC Press.
Frayn KN (2010). Metabolic Regulation: A Human Perspective (3rd edition). London: Wiley-Blackwell
Geissler C and Powers H (2017) Human Nutrition, 13th Edition. Oxford: OUP
Gropper S & Smith J (2017). Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism (7th editition). Boston: Wadsworth Publishing
Lanham-New SA, MacDonald IA & Roche HM (2010). Nutrition and Metabolism (The Nutrition Society Textbook) (2nd edition). London: Wiley-Blackwell