Català Castellano
Academic year 2019-20

Subject's general information
Subject nameNUTRITION
Bachelor's Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics2COMPULSORYAttendance-based
Double bachelor's degree: Degree Physiotherapy and Degree in Human Nutrition and Diethetics2COMPULSORYAttendance-based
Course number of credits (ECTS)11
Type of activity, credits, and groupsQuery has returned no results
CoordinationOMS OLIU, GEMMA
Teaching load distribution between lectures and independent student workClass hours 110
No class hours 165

Teaching staffE-mail addressesCredits taught by teacherOffice and hour of attention
OMS OLIU, GEMMAgoms@tecal.udl.cat0
Learning objectives

1. Learn at metabolic level, the use, modification and removal of nutrients in the human body.
2. Understand the factors that affect the human nutrition.
3. Know the changes in nutritional requirements in relation to body growth, regeneration and tissue repair, sex and age of the individual.
4. Know the nutritional and energy requirements of human beings at different stages of life, in the physiological situations associated with nutrition.
5. Know the different situations of nutritional imbalance, both overnutrition and malnutrition. Learn to identify the etiology of nutritional deficits and determine the situations of risk for developing malnutrition.
6. Learn how to carry out and interpret the nutritional assessment of an individual
7. Acquire practical skills to carry out the nutritional assessment. Know how to determine the anthropometric and biochemical parameters to use the results.


Significant competences

1. Know the nutrients, their functions and their metabolic use
2. Know the bases of nutrition and energy balance and its regulation
4. Evaluate and calculate the nutritional requirements in health status and disease at any stage of the life cycle
5. Know, detect and evaluate the quantitative and qualitative deviation of energy and nutritional balance
6. Express orally and in writing correctly
7. Solve problems reasonably, clearly and critically
8. Show capacity for analysis and synthesis

Subject contents

Module 1 - Human Nutrition in Health
1. Basic concepts of food and nutrition
2. Dietary Reference Intakes, nutritional goals, dietary guidelines and studies of food consumption
3. Assessment of nutritional status of a healthy individual
4. Analysis of the body composition of a healthy individual
5. Regulation of energy balance and caloric intake

Module 2 - Basic Nutrition
6. Physiological and biochemical basis of nutrition. Storage of nutrients.
7. Carbohydrates. Digestion, absorption, functions and needs.
8. Dietary fiber. Structure, digestion and physiological effects.
9. Protein. Digestion, absorption, functions and needs.
10. Lipids. Digestion, absorption, functions and needs.
11. Water and electrolytes. Functions and needs.
12. Vitamins. Absorption functions and needs.
13. Minerals. Absorption functions and needs.

Module 3 - Applied Nutrition

14. Balanced diet in healthy adult.
15. Infant Nutrition. Physiological development. Nutritional needs. Beikost, feeding during the first year of life.
16. Nutrition at different physiological situations: pregnancy. Breastfeeding. Menopause.
17. Nutrition at various stages of life (I): infant nutrition. Children. School stage. Adolescence.
18. Nutrition at various stages of life (II): aging.
19. Nutrition and physical activity. Exercise physiology. Nutritional needs.



These will be conducted with all students. They aim to provide an overview of educational content related to specific knowledge of the subject, emphasizing those aspects that are related to the acquisition of skills, referring to basic and applied nutrition.


The seminars are compulsory, will be in the classroom and they must be performed in the group that corresponds to each student. Consist of analysis of scientific articles and / or search for information, as a complement to the lecture content. There will be some sessions where the students will solve practical cases about energy and nutritional requirements of the individual.


Tutorials of 5-10 students, which will focus on guiding the learning avoiding dispersion, clarify doubts and establish a conceptual diagram of the course.

Activities in the computer room

There will be a computer session in groups of 15-20 students to acquire knowledge on the use of nutrition databases that will facilitate the search for information on the performance of the written work.

Laboratory practices

The laboratory practices are mandatory, will be conducted in groups of 3-4 students and will take place in the Department of Food Technology. There will be activities related to the evaluation of the nutritional assessment of an individual:

- Physical evaluation, anthropometric and body composition of an individual

- Determination of biochemical parameters

- Calculation of energy and nutritional needs of an individual

- Use of rapid assessment methods for individuals with nutritional risk

Written work

The work will be conducted on a topic previously be chosen from a list provided by the teacher. Each group will make a brief oral presentation in class and must attend tutorials relating to work.

Development plan






Acquisition of knowledge about the basis of nutrition and applied nutrition of healthy people.



Exposition, treatment and discussion about problems related to nutrition.



Guiding learning, clarifying the content doubts.

Computer activites



Use of nutrition databases

Lab practices


Acquisition of knowledge about the assessment of an individuals.

Written work


Finding information about a topic related to human nutrition. Assessment of nutritional status of an individual.



The evaluation will consist of an average of five grades, obtained from the following elements:

1. Written test (individual examination): 20%

2. Written test II (individual examination): 15%

3. Written test III (individual examination): 15%

4. Practices: 15%.

Practices are carried out in groups. It is necessary to present a report, which will be evaluated in the following way: content (10%) and development of the practices (5%) which will evaluate the formal aspects.

5. Written work: 15%.

It is also assessed a written work, the guidelines will be given during the development of the course. The 10% of the work corresponds to the evaluation of the written report submitted by the group. The remaining corresponds to the oral presentation in class (5%).

6. Individual activities: (20%).

The final grade will be calculated from the obtained from grades obtained by students in various exercises.

Attendance at practices, seminars and exercises, and presentation of the corresponding reports are required to pass the course.

There will be three exams of the theoretical part with multiple choice questions and short answer questions. Written tests I, II and III must be pass with an average grade of 5 or higher. Such evaluation will correspond to the 50% of the final grade. No approved parts will be recoverable conducting a recover exam of the contents of the exams I, II and/or III.



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