Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Dietary And Nutritional Assessment MED5127

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course discusses the methodologies and approaches to all aspects of nutritional assessment; dietary, clinical, biochemical, anthropometric and functional considering practicality and validation of individual methods in different contexts. 



The course is made up of lectures, tutorials and practical classes throughout semester 1.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





A report validating a dietary assessment method (approx. 2500 words) - 75%. (ILOs 1,2, 4)

Group work designing a dietary assessment method - 15%. (ILOs 1, 2, 4)

Weekly MCQ quiz - 10%. (ILOs 1,2, 3, 4)

Course Aims

This course aims to give the students opportunities to develop skills in dietary and nutritional assessment techniques and the ability to select appropriate methods for particular contexts using evidence based practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to

1. Discuss and critically appraise the methodologies, approaches and measurements of body composition; and their use in a wide variety of populations.

2. Critically discuss methodologies and approaches to all aspects of nutritional assessment; dietary, clinical, biochemical, anthropometric and functional and how they should be used in different settings and populations.

3. Interpret growth and BMI charts and survey data in which nutritional assessment of a sample is compared with a reference population.

4. Perform and interpret dietary assessment methodologies and develop and validate new tools.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.