Course syllabus

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Basic Nutrition

YTHA66, 7,5 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2021/22
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED LIV
Date of Decision: 2021-04-20

General Information

Main field: Food Science. Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements.
Compulsory for: KLMT1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim of the course is to describe digestion, absorption and metabolism of nutrients in the body, and their effects on our health. The course will give the relation between different nutrients and their content in different foodstuffs.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must



Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must



The course covers basic nutrtion of food regarding food quality and characteristics. The course addresses the digestion and absorption of nutrients in the gastrointestinal tract. The metabolism in the body of energizing nutrients related to health are discussed as well as some vitamins and minerals. Focus are also put on the link between the food and the Swedish/Nordic dietary guidelines, as well as on nutritional changes during processing. Food recording and nutritional carculations are included as tasks.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: Written examination, food recording, written tasks and laboratory experiments.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0120. Name: Laboratory Experiments.
Credits: 2. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Attendance at laboratory experiments and approved written laboratory reports.
Code: 0220. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 3,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed written exam.
Code: 0320. Name: Food Recording.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved individual food recording.
Code: 0420. Name: Written Tasks.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Handed in and approved written tasks.


Assumed prior knowledge: YTHA71 Food Chemistry I
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: YTHA65

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Maria Glantz,
Course homepage:
Further information: Laboratory exercises, seminars, study visits and guest lectures are compulsory. In case of legal impediment the student could accomplish an individual task with equivalent content.