LLEK10264U Nutrition Physiology

Volume 2021/2022

MSc Programme in Clinical Nutrition
MSc Programme in Food Innovation and Health
MSc Programme in Human 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. Examples from relevant and new research will be used including diet in the context of sustainability.


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 and in the context of different dietary patterns.



  • 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 and dietary patterns.
  • Explain in detail the regulation of the mobilization of the macronutrients in the body at rest and during work/physical activity.
  • Reflect independently on a range of physiological consequences of nutrition deficiency/overload (eg obesity).
  • Discuss and reflect on the absorption and metabolism of the nutrients and their importance for the normal functions of the human organism.
  • Use scientific language to discuss and explain problems in written English.


  • Independently solve public nutrition problems related to health recommendations and physiological functions, including a sustainable dietary pattern.
  • 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.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Lectures, theoretical exercises, group Work.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 45
  • Preparation
  • 127
  • Theory exercises
  • 30
  • Exam
  • 4
  • Total
  • 206

Feedback on theoretical exercises during the lectures.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
Multiple choice and essay (of which 25 % is based on the multiple choice part and 75 % is based on the essay part).

The course has been selected for ITX exam
Only certain aids allowed

The first hour of the exam is Multiple choice and only dictionaries that translate to and from English from your own language are allowed

In the last three hours (essay part) all aids are allowed

The University will make computers available to students taking on-site exams at ITX. Students are therefore not permitted to bring their own computers, tablets or mobile phones. If textbooks and/or notes are permitted, according to the course description, these must be in paper format or uploaded through Digital Exam.

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”