cod. 1006124

Academic year 2015/16
1° year of course - Second semester
DEL RIO Daniele
Academic discipline
Fisiologia (BIO/09)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
42 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
in - - -

Learning objectives

Ability to interpretate the effect of nutrients/foods/diets on human physiology and metabolism in health. Ability to evaluate the role of foods/diets in meeting nutrient needs. Ability to evaluate nutritional quality of foods.


Basic biochemistry knowledge

Course unit content

Part I: nutrition basics

Part II. metabolic regulation

Part III: non nutritive food components

Full programme

Part I: nutrition basics

i) Physiology basics
ii) Morphology and function of the GI tract and glands
iii) Digestion and absorption of nutrients
iv) Quality and meaning of nutrients
v) quality and meaning of micronutrients

Part II. metabolic regulation

i) Post-absorbitive metabolism
ii) Post-prandial metabolism
iii) Metabolic integration (protein-lipids-carbs)

Part III: non nutritive food components

i) water
ii) alcohol
iii) phytochemicals


Jim Mann & Stewart Truswell: Essentials of Human Nutrition - Oxford University Press; Aldo Mariani Costantini, Carlo Cannella, Gianni Tomassi, Alimentazione e nutrizione umana. Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore.
F. FIDANZA, G. LIGUORI: Nutrizione Umana - IDELSEN (Napoli)

A. MARIANI COSTANTINI, C. CANNELLA, G. TOMASSI: Alimentazione e Nutrizione Umana - il Pensiero Scientifico (Roma).

M. SHILS, J. OLSON, M. SHIKE: Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, VIII ed, LEA & FEBIGER (Philadelphia) 4) K. Frayn: Metabolic Regulation. Portland Press, (London) T. Brody: Nutritional biochemistry – (Academic Press).

Teaching methods

Frontal teaching

Assessment methods and criteria

Written and oral exams

Other information