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Nutrition (Human Nutrition) BSc(Hons): Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching and assessment for this course

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, field work, workshops, journal clubs, online discussion forums, and feedback/feed-forward sessions.

Assessment is mostly by coursework and exam. Some modules are assessed entirely by coursework (eg case studies, essays, critical analysis/evaluation of literature, debates, presentations, projects and portfolios).

The course team actively explores the use of technology within and beyond the classroom in order to further support student's learning and improve the overall experience of studying on the course. We use technology side by side with the more traditional teaching and assessment methods highlighted above. They work together, rather than replacing one another, enabling students to learn at their own time and place, on and off-site. We frequently attend national learning and teaching conferences to present our work. Examples of projects in place include:

  • use of videos with voice-overs for providing instant feedback for online assessments;
  • online workshops in preparation for laboratory practicals;
  • electronic checklists for assignment review prior to submission;
  • creating online communities of learning for supporting students selection and evaluation of material for their assignments (eg using Facebook and Diigo);
  • enhancing the look and feel of our virtual learning environment to promote active learning;
  • using online tools for students to upload multiple-choice questions to test each other and revise for exams;
  • online discussion boards to supplement classroom-based tutorials;
  • online lectures to support classroom-based tutorials;
  • using the University's virtual learning environment to facilitate peer and self-assessment of student's work before submission of work for marking;
  • using open educational resources to supplement classroom-based teaching;
  • using screen capture software to provide instant feedback and help students develop short presentation clips;
  • computer workshops to train students on the importance of paraphrasing and referencing (study skills for University);
  • assignments marked electronically and returned to you electronically (as opposed to giving you hand written feedback) so you receive timely detailed and legible feedback;
  • using social media to highlight nutrition stories from the news (eg via Twitter feed and Facebook page) with the aim of increasing students' interest of and knowledge about the subject area of nutrition; and
  • setting up a Kingston University Nutrition Facebook page to help students feel part of the 'Kingston University nutrition community' – this page is used to announce dates for seminars, events and conferences relating to nutrition, advertise for the recruitment of volunteers for final-year dissertations and research, broadcast students achievements (posters, competitions, awards) and promote the field of nutrition at Kingston university to prospective students.

Contact hours for this course

The number of learning hours for each module is determined by its credit weighting. For example, for a 30-credit module there would be 300 learning hours. This would be divided into contact hours (ie time spent with academic staff) and independent learning hours (eg time spent in the studio, library, or workshop with or without technical support).

At Kingston University there is a very strong focus on students gaining a hands-on experience of their discipline and will use their independent study time to strengthen their skills base in these areas.

Full details of modules and credit weighting can be found in the programme specification.

Workload for this course

Coursework is designed to be achieved within the set amount of learning hours for each module and is appropriate to the level of study. We encourage a professional work ethic, which includes how to manage your time. A range of additional support is available to students who require it via the Academic Support Centre and personal tutors.

Teaching, learning and assessment at Kingston University


Our courses are carefully constructed to allow you to build knowledge and skills progressively during your degree programme.

We constantly update our curriculum to ensure that it covers the latest developments in your subject area, including the research and professional experience that your tutors bring to the course.

Our course teams also draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and highly successful alumni who feed into the design of our courses and provide masterclasses and workshops to enrich your learning.

Academic skills support

Our courses take a progressive approach to help develop your academic skills through the modules you study.

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has an Academic Success Centre that will provide one-to-one advice including generic skills such as:

  • essay writing;
  • exam techniques;
  • presentation skills; and
  • research skills.

In addition, the Academic Success Centre will support students with discipline-specific skills such as:

  • computer-aided design;
  • high-level mathematic support;
  • JAVA programming support; and
  • support with laboratory skills.

We also run developmental opportunities for students around personal branding, confidence building and networking.


Assignments are designed not just to test what you know, but to help you develop your knowledge, skills and confidence. 

Because we want you to reach your full potential in every assignment, we build in opportunities for practice and 'feed forward' on assessment tasks so that you will know what you need to do to perform at your best when you submit your work.

When we return your work, we give you clear feedback that will show you what you need to work on next time. You'll have the opportunity to discuss the comments on your work one-to-one with your lecturers and your personal tutor.

Personal tutors

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor – the member of academic staff who will keep a particular eye on your progress throughout your time at Kingston University (and after you graduate) and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your tutor will give you academic guidance and will make sure that you know how to access our other support services if you need them.

Programme specification

A programme specification is a summary of the main features of a programme and provides details of the intended learning outcomes for students. It details the teaching, learning and assessment methods, including the structure of the programme.

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