HFE200 General Nutrition

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Rasmus Bovbjerg Jensen

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Limits of class size:If less than 10 students, alternative lecturing routines will be considered.

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:250 hours.

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.

About this course

This course is an introduction to nutrition constituting a platform enabling the student to specialize in both animal and human nutrition. It also formulates the platform for further studies of specific feed/food types and feed/food technology. The course is broad in this sense, and may be divided into 3 sub-topics: 1. Nutrients and their role in bodily functions, including nutritonal energetics. 2. Intake, digestion, absorption and metabolism of nutrients (inlcuding energy catabolism). 3. Evaluation of nutritional quality of various feeds/foods, including nutrient availability. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding relationships between the different sub-topics.

Learning outcome

Main aims: To acquire fundamental knowledge of the macro and micro nutrients, their chemical structure, characteristics, nutrient value, digestion and main functions in the body. The student will also acquire fundamental knowledge of feed/food types, main feed sources and principles for their evaluation. Partial aims: After finishing the course the students should be able to explain structure, classification and properties of the main nutrients, and why it is important to understand the composition of the food. In addition, the students should be able to explain digestion and absorption of the main nutrients, the minerals and the vitamins, in addition to intermiediary metabolism of substrates from the digestion process, characteristics of the digestive tract, and principles for evaluation of ingrediens and rations/diettary regimes.
  • Teaching will be performed in three different ways: 1. Lectures summarizing and complementing the course literature. 2. Assignments in groups and individually, and 3. seminars with student presentations. All students will participate in common lectures two-thirds of the time, but will then be divided according to whether they are in the area of farm animals, aquaculture or human nutrition, where species-specific topics will be covered.
  • Group work with the teacher or teaching assistants where the time is fully dedicated to the questions from the students. Teachers will be available via e-mail or Canvas during assignment solving.
  • KJB100
  • 3 hour written exam

  • Yes

  • Participation in student presentations is obligatory, and so is multiple choice tests in Canvas.
  • The course literature is in English (see below). In addition, lectures and exercises may also be in English.
  • Structured teaching time will be roughly divided as follows: Lectures: 4 hours per week (total 50 hours). Group tutorials/seminar: 2 hours per week (total 22 hours).
  • AKE251/ AQN251 - 10 credits.
  • Special requirements in Science