LLEK10252U  Nutrition, Growth and Development

Volume 2017/2018

MSc Programme in Human Nutrition
MSc Programme in Agricultural Development


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

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.
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.
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 15 minutes
Description of the oral examination: Presentation based on course reports and curriculum questions.
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 two weeks before the re-examination.

Criteria for exam assesment

Please see "Learning Outcome"

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