LLEK10264U  Nutrition Physiology

Volume 2017/2018

MSc Programme in Human Nutrition
MSc Programme in Food Innovation and Health
MSc Programme in Clinical Nutrition
MSc Programme in Human Physiology


Introduction to macro- and micronutrients, including definitions, classifications, chemical structure, physical and chemical characteristics and physiological function. Digestion, absorption, transport and storage and factors influencing these processes. Interaction with other nutrients and dietary factors. The biochemical role of micronutrients and their importance in relation to both oxidation and antioxidation. Storage, mobilization and metabolism of macronutrients. Regulation of the mobilization of macronutrients in the body at rest and during work/physical activity. Mechanisms to sustain the fluid, energy and macronutrient balance.


Learning Outcome

- Describe in detail digestion and absorption of nutrients and factors of importance.
- Describe in detail metabolism and regulation of nutrients in normal physiological functions.
- Describe in detail mechanisms to sustain fluid, energy, and macronutrient balance.
- Characterize the function of nutrients in physiological functions.

- Explain in detail digestion, absorption, and transport of micro- and macronutrients.
- Differentiate storage, mobilization, and metabolism of micro- and macronutrients.
- Analyze factors influencing these processes.
- Compare physiological effects of different interrelated nutrients.
- Explain in detail the regulation of the mobilization of the macronutrients in the body at rest and during work/physical activity.
- Use scientific language to discuss and explain problems in written English.
- Reflect independently on a range of physiological consequences of nutrition deficiency/overload.
- Discuss and reflect on the absorption and metabolism of the nutrients and their importance for the normal functions of the human organism.

- Independently solve public nutrition problems related to health recommendations and physiological functions.
- Systematic understanding of knowledge in nutrition metabolism.
- Conceptual understanding that enables the student to evaluate current research critically.
- Critical awareness of current problems and new insights in nutrition.
- Work independently with scientific literature within the field.


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

Basic nutrition knowledge an advantage.
Lectures, theoretical exercises, group Work.
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
Kurset er udtaget til ITX-eksamen på Peter Bangs Vej
All aids allowed

OBS: Hvis eksamen afholdes på ITX, stiller ITX computer til rådighed. Egen computer, tablet eller mobiltelefon må IKKE medbringes. Lærebøger og noter medbringes i papirform eller på USB-stik.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Internal grading. More assessors.

Same as ordinary exam. If ten or fewer students have registered for re-examination, the examination will be changed to an oral examination.

20 minutes preparation and 20 minutes examination.

Criteria for exam assesment

Please see ”Learning Outcome”

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 45
  • Theory exercises
  • 30
  • Preparation
  • 127
  • Exam
  • 4
  • Total
  • 206