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Unit information: Child Nutrition, Activity and Health in 2021/22

Unit name Child Nutrition, Activity and Health
Unit code SPOL30034
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Li
Open unit status Not open




School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The content of this unit draws from research and theories in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Behavioral Psychology. The unit provides an opportunity for an (introductory) examination of selected aspects of child health relating to nutrition, activity, and behavioral aspects in the lives of children. Some sessions will aim to examine the development of unhealthy eating behaviors in children. Sessions will describe biological, behavioral, and environmental factors of nutrition and activity with special attention to community and cultural contexts. A range of issues in selected areas of contemporary health policy will be explored, such as

  • Childhood obesity prevention through improved nutrition
  • Venues to the development of high diet quality
  • Increasing physical activity in schools
  • Understanding intake and activity behaviors

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the concepts underlying the relationships between diet, nutrition, and health in children.
  • Understand the importance of physical activity behaviour of children and be able to compare them with the situation in other countries.
  • Understand the relationship between physical activity and diet for health in children.
  • Understand the factors involved and theories in behaviour change in childhood.
  • Understand and apply the implications of the development of disordered eating.

Students are expected to gain knowledge in these areas, and to develop a critical approach to the analysis of current research and theoretical issues.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through blended learning (combining synchronous and asychronous activities) to include weekly lectures, small group practical sessions and guided independent study. Formal feedback will be provided for formal assessments and informal feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Assessment Information

Part 1: Position paper (1000 words) (25%)

Part 2: Essay (2000 words) (75%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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