Module Title:Nutritional Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Dietetics
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught in three theory classes of one hour duration and one practical of two hours duration per week. Classes may take the form of formal lectures or tutorial-type sessions. A range of teaching techniques will be used as appropriate, including discussion of case studies, worksheets, PowerPoint and other presentations. Students will be encouraged to learn through questioning and group discussions. Factual material presented at theory classes will be reinforced, discussed and developed during practical classes.
Module Aim: To give the student a sound background in the chemical composition, structure and functions of macro and micro nutrients and the metabolic reactions nutrients undergo in the body To provide the student with a basic introduction to the principles of pharmacology. To elucidate the importance of diet in health and disease. To provide an insight into the application of dietary principles
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe the structure and functions of the major food components.
LO2 Explain how food is metabolised by the body
LO3 Distinguish between the essential and non-essential elements of diet.
LO4 Identify the nutrients in the main food groups
LO5 Recognise the importance of nutrients in the diets of healthy individuals and the role of diet in the treatment and cause of various illnesses.
LO6 Describe the basic principles of pharmacokinetics; the absorption, metabolism, mechanism of action and excretion of drugs.
LO7 Discuss the use and abuse of drugs in sport
LO8 Apply basic dietary planning principles
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Successful completion of year 1 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Theory Section 1.1
Structure of amino acids. Essential and non essential amino acids. Protein classification, structure and functions. Enzymes; classification, mode of action, heat and pH sensitivity, regulation, specificity, cofactors.
Theory Section 1.2
Structure and function of lipids. Glycerides, saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, essential fatty acids, phospholipids. Digestion, absorption and transport of lipids.
Theory Section 1.3
Sugars and polysaccharides. Structure and function of the chief monosaccharides and disaccharides. Structural and storage polysaccharides.
Theory Section 1.4
Function of water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins and of minerals.
Theory Section 1.5
Introductory pharmacology: Factors involved in the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Dose calculation and clearance rates.
Theory Section 1.6
Basic Mechanism of Drug Action: The drug-receptor complex. Multipharmacy - antagonism and synergism.
Theory Section 1.7
Introduction to the properties and use of drugs such as analgesics, anaesthetics and antibiotics.
Theory Section 1.8
Drugs in Sport: Legitimate therapeutic use of drugs. Performing enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids and growth hormone. Blood doping. WADA, procedures for drug testing in sport.
Theory Section 2.1
Catabolic and anabolic metabolism. Metabolic control; location, compartmentation, hormonal control and feedback mechanisms.
Theory Section 2.2
Glycolysis, tricarboxylic cycle, the electron transport chain, the proton ion gradient and ATP generation. Gluconeogenesis.
Theory Section 2.3
Transamination and deamination. Detoxification of ammonia.
Theory Section 2.4
B-Oxidation of fatty acids.
Theory Section 2.5
The balanced and healthy diet: Diet planning principles, nutritional guidelines, graphic aids. Nutritional labels. Food technology.
Theory Section 2.6
The nutritional content of the main food groups; cereals, fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, eggs and protein alternatives, milk and milk products.
Theory Section 2.7
Life Cycle Nutrition: Normal diets for infants, young children, adolescents, adults, the aged, pregnant and lactating mothers.
Theory Section 2.8
Diets and Illnesses: Role of diet in the development and treatment of a range of illnesses and disorders such as PKU, Coeliac Disease, Obesity, Protein-Energy Malnutrition.
The practicals are designed to reinforce and amplify the material covered in the lecture course and will include the following. Similar experiments may be substituted as necessary. Practicals will cover Health and Safety in the laboratory; Qualitative analysis of foodstuffs and examination of food labels nutrient content and student diet; Quantitative measurement of protein; Determination of the isoelectric point of casein; Quantitative measurement of reducing sugars; Acid levels in milk; Separation techniques such as TLC and gel filtration; Properties, activities and assays of enzymes; Extraction and analysis of vitamin C from various sources; Molecular models; Separation of drugs by chromatography; Analysis of drugs by uv-spectroscopy and titration.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical/CA and final examination.
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination In class continuous assessment examination 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 10.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Weekly practical laboratory reports 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 40.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam 3 hour written exam 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 50.00 End-of-Semester

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 1.67
Total Hours 200.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASPS_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Science 2 Mandatory
CW_SASAC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Strength and Conditioning 2 Mandatory
CW_SAPHS_C Higher Certificate in Science in Physiology and Health Science 2 Elective