HNH-20306 Nutrition Behaviour


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work7
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. VWT de Wild
prof. dr. ir. C de Graaf
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. NM de Roos
dr. ir. PW van Kleef
dr. G Jager
prof. dr. ir. C de Graaf
dr. ir. VWT de Wild
prof. dr. EWML de Vet
S Raghoebar
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. C de Graaf
dr. ir. VWT de Wild

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

MCB-10806 Social Psychology.


The course is aimed to provide the students a framework of concepts and theories that are used in the behavioral and biological sciences for the explanation of human nutrition behavior. The course aims to give insight into the social, socio-economic, psychological and psycho-biological background of eating behaviour and food patterns.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- describe the most important characteristics of nutrition behaviour and food habits;
- identify determinants of nutrition behaviour and food habits on an individual (psychological/biological) as well as on a social (socio-economic, cultural) level;
- identify the scientific background of major nutritional issues in the industrialized world, like obesity in children and adults and undernutrition in elderly.


- students will follow lectures during which basic knowledge will be provided;
- students will discuss realistic nutritional problems (i.e. case studies), actively gather information, and apply and discuss the gathered information in relation to the case studies.
Moreover, students will practice social theoretical models by means of e-learning tutorials.
- students will design within a group a poster on a societal relevant topic and prepare for a pitch.


- participation with the working lectures, i.e. ICT assisted models on the Theory of Planned Behavior and the models of Rozin and Mojet is obligatory;
- participation in the four case studies; have to pass with a min 5.5; 
- participation in group poster assignment; have to pass with a min 5.5;
- the final grade is composed of 80% on a written exam, 10% of the mark for the cases assignment and 10% of the mark of the poster project;
- the written exam is composed of 100% multiple choice questions; the mark for the written exam may vary between 1 and 10. A mark equal or higher than 5,5 is obligatory for passing the exam;
- final mark = 0,8 x (mark MC exam) + 0,1 x (mark case studies) + 0.1x (mark poster project);
- final mark equal or high than 5,5 is necessary to pass the exam.


A course reader will be available on Brightspace.

Compulsory for: BVGNutrition and HealthBSc2AF
BGMHealth and SocietyBSc2AF
Restricted Optional for: WUPEBBSc Minor Psychobiology of Eating Behaviour2AF