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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Nutrition, Growth and Development

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 1
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsibles
  • Kim F. Michaelsen (3-6d686f4270677a75306d7730666d)
  • Christian Mølgaard (2-727c4f7d7487823d7a843d737a)
  • Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
Course number: LLEK10252U

Course content

The focus of the course is nutrient requirements during different life stages with emphasis on nutrient requirement during the growth phases. Lectures and practicals will contain topics such as 1) Nutrition and pregnancy, 2) Nutrition and foetal development, 3) Nutrition and growth (growth phases: infancy, weaning, early childhood, late childhood and adolescence).

Learning outcome

The main objective of the course is to give the student an understanding of the relation between nutrition, growth, development and health from conception to adolescence.

After completing the course the students should be able to:

- Describe basic principles for growth and development in different life stages
- Describe relations between nutrients and growth and development
- Define methods to assess nutrition status in different life stages
- Reflect upon nutritional requirements in different life stages
- Refer to nutrient related diseases in different life stages
- Refer to theories about early nutrition/growth and later diseases

- Discuss the mechanism behind relations between nutrients, growth and development
- Choose correct methods to evaluate nutritional status in different life stages
- Assess the rationale for nutritional requirements and recommendations in different life stages
- Explain relation between nutrition and specific nutrient related diseases
- Manage simple methods like growth charts for evaluation of growth

- Discuss the principles for calculation of nutrient requirements in different life stages
- Make recommendations to prevent nutrient related diseases
- Assess and explain theories about early nutrition/growth and later diseases

Recommended prerequisites

The participants are expected to have knowledge of basic human nutrition before signing up for this course.

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MSc Programme in Human Nutrition
MSc Programme in Agricultural Development


Study Board of Food, Human Nutrition and Sports

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


Earliest possible year: MSc 2nd year.
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Teaching and learning methods

The course is based on topics with coherent blocks of lectures and group practicals containing a survey of existing literature and a written reports including one on a self-selected topic. These reports will be used as background for the oral examination of each individual student.


No restrictions.




A compendium will be for sale at the start of the course (Academic Books).


Category Hours
Lectures 32
Theory exercises 32
Preparation 79
Project work 62
Exam 1
English 206


Type of assessment

Oral examination, 15 minutes
Description of the oral examination: Presentation based on course reports and curriculum questions.


Only certain aids allowed

Only course report with notes.

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

Please see "Learning Outcome"

Censorship form

No external censorship
Internal grading. More assessors.


Same as ordinary exam. If the student did not fulfill the exam requirements regarding approval of course reports/hand in of course reports, it is possible to do this before the re-exam. The student should hand-in the failed report(s) and pass it two weeks before the re-examination.

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