Nutrition physiology micro nutrients

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The subject gives an introduction to the digestion, absorption, transport, storage and excretion of the different micro nutrients, with emphasis on the function and biochemistry. In addition, the subject will give a detailed understanding of how the different micro nutrients, and also in interaction with macro nutrients, affect development, growth and health in humans.

The subject gives an introduction to the theoretical and practical basis for nutrition related analysis methods. The students will learn about the principles of the methods used in nutrition, and they will get a short introduction to principles of sample treatment and quality assurance. In addition, the students will learn about common methods used in biochemical laboratories.

Moreover, the diet's influence on normal development and health is emphasized; some of the most relevant diet related health problems and how they are related to living conditions and lifestyle. The focus will be on the sources of and need for the different nutrients, nutrition recommendations and how recommendations should be interpreted.

Learning Outcomes

After finishing the course, the students will have the following learning outcomes, defined as knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge: The student:

  • Has thorough knowledge about the structure, digestion, absorption, metabolism, storage, excretion and biochemical function of the micro nutrients
  • Has broad knowledge about the mode of action of micro nutrients in the body, and how deficiencies can lead to disease
  • Has broad knowledge on safe intake and toxicity of micro nutrients
  • Has broad knowledge on methods that are used for micro nutrient status measurements

Skills: The student:

  • Can apply the terminology of the biochemistry of nutrients
  • Can interpret and give a critical evaluation of micro nutrient status measurements

Competence: The student:

  • Can utilize the knowledge about the basic biochemistry of nutrients in other areas of nutrition

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Completion of the three first semesters of Bachelor programme in nutrition
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
The course is taught together with NUTR204A, and credits will only be awarded to one course
Access to the Course
Admission to the bachelor's programme in nutrition
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, laboratory exercises, group assignments
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Participation in the laboratory course is mandatory, aprox. 10 hours in total. Submission of a journal after each laboratory course. The journals must be approved prior to the exam.
Forms of Assessment
Four hours of written examination
Grading Scale
Assessment Semester
Course Evaluation
The Department strives at continually improving their study programmes and welcome the feedback of students in the form of organized student evaluations. The evaluation results will be used to revise the study programmes, curriculum and teaching methods.
Examination Support Material

Simple, bilingual dictionary, that must be reviewable, meaning that one of the languages must be English, or a Scandinavian language.

Course Administrator
Department of Clinical Medicine