HNH-52306 Quantified Self: Monitoring Dietary Behaviour

Code last year: (HNE-52306)


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work6
Course coordinator(s)dr. G Camps
Lecturer(s)dr. SA Osinga
Examiner(s)dr. G Camps

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

In order to successfully work in this course you need prior knowledge on nutrition, information technology and communication science. This knowledge is mainly covered in the courses: HNH-34403 Assessment of dietary intake and HNH-33903 Assessment of nutritional status or HNH-25806 Research Methodology for Nutrition and Health I and HNH-26306 Research Methodology for Nutrition and Health II or HNH-24306 Methodology Nutrition Research; CPT-53806 Internet-based Communication and Learning for Social Change; INF-20806 Applied Information Technology. Together, these courses are part of the minor ‘Quantified Self’. For those who lack prior knowledge some of the main readings/knowledge clips are available on Brightspace. You can study them in advanced or whenever needed during the course.


In this course, students will learn about state-of-the-art technologies and devices (e.g. smart watches, activity trackers) in the field of dietary behaviour, lifestyle and health. Students will evaluate existing apps and will critically reflect on e.g. their usability, the behavior change theories applied, and the data quality. Finally, students will design a prototype of an app which will be evaluated for nutritional, public health, communication and IT aspects.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge on evidence-based best practice in the use of innovative technologies in monitoring dietary and other lifestyle behaviours for public health and research purposes;
- judge the potential and limitations of conventional and innovative technologies used by individual consumers and for research purposes;
- make design choices for the development of a tailored innovative technology (app) that addresses problems and opportunities in the life-science domain.


Lectures, individual assignments including peer-review and a final presentation, a so-called open assignment, and group assignments.


The final mark is based on a portfolio consisting of a combination of individual and group deliverables. Teachers can decide to give individual grades to members of a group for group deliverables if necessary. Some deliverables are graded as pass or fail. To pass the course, the grade for each deliverable should be at least 5.50 resp. a pass. The marks for the deliverables of this course will remain valid for 6 academic years.


Course materials will be made available during the course.

Compulsory for: WUQFSBSc Minor Quantified Self6AF