Module Title:Dietetics
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 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 and 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 elucidate the importance of diet in health and disease. To give basic knowledge about current diets and supplements used and 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 Discuss the importance of nutrients in the diets of healthy individuals and the role of diet in the treatment and cause of various illnesses.
LO2 Apply basic dietary planning principles using up to date dietary tools
LO3 Discuss the use of current restrictive diets for health of performance purposes and the use supplements and ergogenic aids in a normal diet and in sport
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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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
The nutritional content of the main food groups; cereals, fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, eggs and protein alternatives, milk and milk products.
Theory Section 1.2
The effect of micro and macro nutrients in the human body.
Theory Section 2.1
The balanced and healthy diet: Diet planning principles, nutritional tools, nutritional guidelines, graphic aids. Nutritional labels. Food technology.
Theory Section 2.2
Life Cycle Nutrition: Normal diets for infants, young children, adolescents, adults, the aged, pregnant and lactating mothers.
Theory Section 3.1
Diets and Illnesses: Role of diet in the development and treatment of a range of illnesses and disorders such as PKU, Coeliac Disease, Obesity, Anorexia, Orthorexia and Bulimia.
Theory Section 3.2
Trendy diets: The principals of the most commonly used restrictive diets used for health or performance enhancement and how it affects the human body.
Theory Section 3.3
Suplements and Ergogenic aids: The efect of using suplements and ergogenic aids for preformance enhancement of athelets. Legitimate use of supplements and drugs. responsible bodies for the regulation of supplements and other pharmaceuticals and the role of WADA.
The practical classes are designed to reinforce and amplify the material covered in the lecture course and will include the following or similar exercises: Critical analysis of food and supplements labels, and the design of effective dietetics tools; detailed analysis of food diaries; development of dietary plans for subjects of different populational groups; testing of food preferences, food marketing, and information; sensory tests and preference tests.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both practical/CA and final examination
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination One in class continuous assessment written examination 1,2,3 10.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Weekly practical laboratory reports 2,3 40.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam 2 hour written exam 1,3 50.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 4.33
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASPS_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Science 4 Mandatory
CW_SASAC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Strength and Conditioning 4 Mandatory