Nutrition, Growth and Development

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).

Education

MSc Programme in Human Nutrition
MSc Programme in Agricultural Development

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:

Knowledge:
- 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


Skills:
- 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

Competences:
- 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

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.

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

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

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 15 minutes
Description of the oral examination: Presentation based on course reports and curriculum questions.
Aid
Only certain aids allowed

Only course report with notes.
 

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Internal grading. More assessors.
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see "Learning Outcome"

Single subject courses (day)

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