Course code MVI291

MVI291 Diet and Health

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Course responsible: Harald Carlsen
Teachers: Anders Kielland
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in June block. This course has teaching/evaluation in June block.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2013-2014
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course will focus on what we know about diet and its relation to health, with focus on the most serious public health challenges such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and metabolic disease. The course will also give insight into how studies on diet and nutrition in humans are performed, and how results from various studies make the basis for dietary recommendations. The course will also cover the importance of diet in different life phases (from pregnancy to old age), challenges with malnutrition, and pros and possible cons with a vegetarian diet .
Learning outcome:
Student should be aquainted with the basic knowledge on how diet impacts health and disease. Students should understand the various types of studies making up the basis of dietary recommendations, and identify the limitations in this knowledge. Students will be able to critically read and evaluate scientific articles about nutrition, as well as articles in the media. Students should identify dietary challenges during different life-phases, particular life conditions and "crises", or when a particular diet is based on a conscious decision (e.g. vegan diet).
Learning activities:
Lectures, home assignment, i.e. essay on a specific topi. There will be a review of exam relevant questions and topics. 
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Selected chapters from Human Nutrition, 12th Edition, Geissler and Powers, 2011.
Knowledge of nutrition equivalent to HFE100.
Recommended prerequisites:
Basic knowledge in cell biology, physiology and biochemistry.
Mandatory activity:
The first day lecture is mandatoryHanding in the essayEssay must be approved before being allowed to take the exam

Home assignment is a 10 page essay on a particular topic to choose from; approved/not approved

Written examination (3.0 hrs), counts 100% of the grade, and has to be graded E or better by external and internal sensor.

Both the essay and the written exam must be passed in order to have the course approved.

Nominal workload:
Lectures: 24 hours. Supervised tutorial of questions; groups: 10 hours. Self-study (exam preparation), essay writing, group work: 116 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Type of course:
June block (3 weeks) Lectures: 24 hours.Tutorial and group work: approx. 10 hours.

External and internal examiner on written examination. The external examiner evaluates a minimum of 25 selected exam papers.

Internal examiner on essay evaluation.

Allowed examination aids: A2 No calculator, other aids as specified
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått