Basic Concepts of Nutrition


Undergraduate level | 3rd semester | Compulsory Unit | ΙΑ0301


Credit Units ECTS: 5 

Teaching Hours (Weekly): 3   

Course Type: General Knowledge

Prequisites: -- 

Teaching and Examination Language: Greek

For Erasmus students study course and exams are offered in English.

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Course Material

Basic concepts of nutrition and their application, digestion, bioavailability and metabolism of nutrients, energy balance, fat, protein, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, water and alcohol.

Learning Outcomes

The current unit constitutes an introduction to the science of human nutrition, setting the basis for the further more comprehensive study of this very interesting group of course units. By the end of the unit the students should:

  • be familiar with the basic concepts of nutrition and have an in depth understanding of the relationship between the different nutritional constituents and health.
  • be able to understand the concept of formulating specific diets to promote health

General Skills

  • Autonomous work
  • Group work
  • Planning and managing small projects
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Promotion of creative & inductive thinking
  • Searching, analyzing, and composing data and evidence through the use of necessary information.

Learning and Teaching Techniques - Evaluation 

Teaching Methods: Face to face

Use of ICT: Support of learning through the use of asynchronous tele-education platform (e-class).

Course Organization:

ActivitySemester Work Load
Lectures 33
Small group exercises in the classroom 6
Individual/non-guided studying 76
Bibliography studying and analyzing (both in Greek and in the English Language) 10
Total 125

 Assessment Methods:

The unit grade will be based on a final written exam (consisting of multiple choice and essay type questions). The assessment method is described to the students during the first teacher-student meeting, and it is displayed in the e-class website throughout the semester.

Suggested literature

  • Gibney, M.L. et al. (2002).Human Nutrition, Blackwell Publishing
  • Mary E. Barasi.(2013).Nutrition at a Glance, Blackwell Publishing
  • Gibney, M.L. etal. (2008). Nutrition & Metabolism Blackwell Publishing
  • Garrow, J.S, James, W.P.T.& Ralph, A. (2000). Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 10th edition, Churchill Livingstone.
  • Thomas, B. (2001). Manual of Dietetic Practice, 3rd ed., Blackwell Science.
  • Mann, J. & Truswell, A.S. (1998). Essentials of Human Nutrition, Oxford University Press.

Related Journals

  • Journal of Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Maternal & Child Nutrition
  • Journal of Adolescent Health
  • Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior
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