Cancelled 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).


MSc Programme in Human Nutrition

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

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.

Course literature will be announced at study start on the course’s Absalon page.

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

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

The students deliver a group report on growth.  Feedbacks are given in plenum through discussion and presentation of the correct answers. In these sessions peerfeedback are also used.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 15 minutes
Type of assessment details
Description of the oral examination: Questions to course report and curriculum.
Exam registration requirements

Approved course reports.

Only certain aids allowed

Only course report with notes.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
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 3 weeks before the re-examination.

Criteria for exam assessment

Please see "Learning Outcome"

Single subject courses (day)

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


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 1
No restrictions.
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board of Food, Human Nutrition and Sports
Contracting department
  • Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Christian Mølgaard   (2-6b7548766d807b36737d366c73)
Saved on the 28-06-2023

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