HAP-32303 Essentials of Nutritional Physiology (DL)


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Distance Knowledge clip
Distance Tutorial
Distance E-learning material
Course coordinator(s)dr. S Grefte
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. EM van Schothorst
dr. S Grefte
Examiner(s)dr. ir. EM van Schothorst
dr. S Grefte
prof. dr. ir. J Keijer

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Basic knowledge of nomenclature and chemical structures of macro-nutrients (also see chapters 1, 4, 5, and 6 of Course book Crash Course Metabolism and Nutrition Updated Edition (4th Edition))


NOTE: this course is taught specifically for the students in Distance Learning Specialization and is not available in academic year 2015/2016 for the on-Campus students. Self-registration for this course is not possible.
The sources of energy for the human body in our diet are carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. The focus of this course is on the metabolism of these macro-nutrients to provide body energy. It starts by discussing the biochemical pathways involved in carbohydrate metabolism followed by lipid and protein metabolism. Via assignments several examples will be provided to discuss the effects of several diseases (e.g. diabetes) and malnutrition on metabolism. Throughout the course, students will generate questions, showing comprehension of the acquired information.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- describe the process of mitochondrial atp production;
- explain the differences between glucose, lipid, and protein metabolism;
- predict the metabolic consequences of diabetes;
- discuss disease-related malnutrition and possible approaches for assessments.


Most e-learning materials, activities, and feedback will be provided asynchronously and consists of:
- textual explanations, animations, and quizzes to obtain the basic knowledge;
- a question bank to which each student generate 2 questions/week that reveal comprehension of the topics;
- assignments resulting in a poster;
- an e-forum to discuss problems, ask questions, etc.


Will be announced.


Crash Course Metabolism and Nutrition Updated Edition (4th Edition); Amber Appleton, Olivia Vanbergen, and Daniel Horton-Szar; Elsevier ISBN 978-0-7234-3853-3 (obligatory course material).

Compulsory for: MNHNutrition and HealthMScE: Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health6DL