Courses Catalogue

Nutrition

COURSE CODE: BNS 2201
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Nursing Sciences (Direct Entry), B.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Nursing Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description


This course introduces the concepts of basic human nutrition across the life span. Students are guided to discuss the basic sources of nutrients among local communities in Uganda and assessment for nutritional wellbeing. The common nutritional disorders for Uganda and East Africa are reviewed. Guidelines on how to address such problems are described and particular emphasis made for those at highest risk e.g. the sick, children and women. Special diets and their preparation for specific health disorders are discussed Diet supplementations are explored and recommended.

Course Aim

The course aims to equip students with knowledge and skills on human nutrition across the life span so as to give holistic care to clients and patients, including giving health education and counseling on nutrition to different cultural groups in Uganda 

Course Learning outcome

By the end of the class students will be able to:

1.      Describe the concept of nutrition and metabolism.

2.      Explain the factors influencing calorie needs and diet.

3.      Discuss nutritional status assessment

4.      Identify risk factors for nutritional problems.

5.      List nursing diagnosis under nutrition and metabolic patterns.

6.      Explore the basic sources of nutrients among local communities in Uganda

7.      Describe clients at highest risk of nutritional disorders

8.      Outline the common nutritional disorders

9.      Identify special diets and their preparation for specific illnesses

10.  Describe diet supplementations for recommendations