Course code MVI392

MVI392 Gastrointestinal Anatomy and Physiology

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Course responsible: Harald Carlsen
Teachers: Siv Kjølsrud Bøhn, Knut Rudi
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:
Teaching/evaluation in the autumn parallel
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2009-2010
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course covers the processes from ingestion of food until it is converted to molecules used in energy metabolism and building blocks of the human body. Particular emphasis is placed on anatomical and physiological properties of the organs involved in the digestion of food, absorption of nutrients and the formation of molecules that enter the body's energy balance and anabolism. The intestinal immune system and the most common intestinal diseases will be covered. Additionally, an overview of the role of the microbiota in nutrition and health will be given. The course is naturally connected to the third UN's sustainable development goal; Good health and well-being (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages).
Learning outcome:


Students should after this course have comprehensive overview of the digestive system, its associated organs and the microflora and how this affects the fate of food after ingestion; how it is digested, absorbed and distributed to cells and organs. 


Students should get a theoretical skill about the anatomy and physiology of the intestine, enabling them to understand research literature about the subject. They should also be equipped to critically review media coverage on the intestine and impact of nutrition on putative malfunctions. 


Students at master- or PhD level should from this course have built a foundation for work with health aspects of nutrition in the food industry, product development, research and public administration. It should also enable them to communicate adequately with health professionals.

Learning activities:
Lectures and study groups
Teaching support:

Canvas. Lectures, exam relevant questions, other student relevant material. 


A set of questions defines the syllabus. As supplementary reading text book is: Kim Barrett (2014). Gastrointestinal Physiology (2. edition), Lange.321 pages. Review articles will also be recommended.Information is given at the start of the course.
Basic cell biology corresponding to BIO100, biochemistry corresponding to KJB200 or KJB100. 
Recommended prerequisites:
Basic knowledge in nutrition and physiology.
Individual written exam of three hours. Count 100% of grade (A-F).
Nominal workload:
Lectures 20 hrs. Study groups 20 hrs. Preparations and self study 85 hrs.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in science.
Type of course:
Each week contains two hours lecture and two hours study groups tutored by teacher.
Grades are determined by lecturer in consultation with external examiner.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Written exam: Letter grades