HFX400 PhD Course in Nutritional Physiology

Credits (ECTS):5

Course responsible:Angela Dagmar Schwarm

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Engelsk

Limits of class size:


The course will not be given if less than 5 students registrered.

Course frequency:By assignment

Nominal workload:125 hours

Teaching and exam period:This course takes place October/November (on demand).

About this course

Topics related to metabolism in general, the digestive system, blood function, lactation, temperature regulation, and metabolism changes that occur following different forms of energy and nutrient intake.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to explain, employ and analyse how organisms react to varying levels of energy supply, protein, fat and carbohydrate supply, liquid supply and supply of different vitamins and minerals. Further, students will be able to explain and evaluate the significance of different physiological regulatory mechanisms under various metabolic conditions. The student will be able to conduct experiments that include sample collection, laboratory analyses, and data evaluation. The students will be able to form their own opinion on main scientific issues under debate in the research field.
  • Animal experimental practicals and laboratory practicals. Discussion work. Lectures.
  • Master degree in animal science, aquaculture or similar. Knowledge/Big interest in chemistry, biochemistry and physiology.
  • Grades (passed/failed) are based on the students achievement in the oral examination at the end of the course. The examination lasts for about 1 hour.

  • An external examiner is used for the oral examination.
  • Submission of journals from the experiments. Presentation of assignments and the submission of short description of the topics.
  • Lectures: 3-6 hours per week. Work on experiments (sampling, sample collection and laboratory work): 8-12 hours. Discussion groups: 3 hours per week.