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Nutrition Nursing

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Students consider the patient’s journey from birth to extreme age in the context of the metabolic response to injury, to surgery or to chronic disease. This course can also be studied by distance learning.

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Full time | Whitelands College | 1 year | SEP-16

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HEP020L001A Health Research Methods - Core

This module will be in three parts. The first part will focus on quantitative experimental designs and will introduce more advanced concepts and methodologies, which will enhance the ability of students to understand and interpret the research literature. The second part will focus on social science methods (e.g. surveys, questionnaires, interviews and qualitative research) and how such data may be interpreted. The suitability of different research designs will be discussed, as will methods for collecting data and considering its quality, reliability and validity. The third part will focus on research proposal writing. The intellectual and practical skills necessary to transforming a research idea into a research question, developing an appropriate methodology and summarising a research plan into a coherent research proposal will be discussed.

HEP020L034A Principles of Nutrition - Core

This module deals with detailed overview of carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism is covered in this module to develop an understanding of biochemical principles in a nutritional context with reference to genetic influences. An understanding of the molecular basis of human metabolism and physiology is an essential prerequisite for the study of human nutrition. The integral role of vitamins and minerals in nutrient metabolism will be discussed. The influence of diet and nutrition in Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes will also be covered including factors influencing dietary behaviour.

HEP020L035Y Body Composition Practical - Core

This module anthropometry is an important method for measuring the body composition of populations and is likely to be used by many of the students who register for the postgraduate programmes, in Clinical Nutrition, Obesity or Diabetes, either in their workplace or as an investigative tool for their research dissertation. The practical is also intended to help students appreciate the practicalities and nuances of study design, data collection and presentation of results. It is intended to give students the skills and confidence necessary to carry out empirical research in healthcare settings or in the community. The practical explores the relationship between lifestyle and body composition, introducing anthropometric methods suitable for assessment of different populations in the healthcare setting. It critically evaluates the methods used to measure dietary intake in research and the clinical environment. Students will develop practical skills through designing, carrying out, analysing and presenting a study.

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Students are usually expected to hold a good 2nd class Honours degree (or above) from an approved university or college in the UK, or a recognised degree from abroad. Non-graduates with appropriate professional or other qualifications may be accepted on an individual basis by course conveners. The level of English required is IELTS at 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band.

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Whitelands College

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