cod. 1008401

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Fisiologia (BIO/09)
Discipline delle tecnologie alimentari
Type of training activity
48 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

At the end of the training activity the student will be able to: interpret dietary recommendations; choose and evaluate the best dietary assessment method and instrument according to the assessment purpose; critically and adequately analyse results originating from dietary intake and biomarker assessment; critically evaluate emerging dietary relevant non-nutrient components potentially involved in the preservation of health and on reduction of disease risk; evaluate and use a nutritional database; merge knowledge into the critical evaluation of the risk/benefit ratio intrinsic in human nutrition.


basic knowledge of Human Nutrition and Nutrition Physiology

Course unit content

The module will deal with methodological aspects of exposure assessment in human nutrition. Specifically, the topics will be: 1) Identification and recognition of Dietary Reference Values, Average Requirement, Population Reference Intake, Adequate Intake, Reference Intake range for macronutrients, Tolerable Upper intake Level, Suggested Dietary Target for populations. 2) Gold standards in dietary assessment for different research questions and study designs, including energy and nutrients, and issues relevant to identification, measurement 3) Statistical methodology to estimate usual intake and uncertainty in dietary assessment. 4) Relevance to human health of nutrients and non-nutrient dietary components. 5) Definition, evaluation and applicability of nutrients and non-nutrients national and international databases. 6) Critical evaluation of the risk/benefit ratio in the framework of human nutrition.

Full programme

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1) Selected scientific papers. 2) Notes and slides presented by the teacher

Teaching methods

Teaching will be carried out through classroom lectures and seminars, with the aid of slides that will represent educational material available online on the Elly platform https://elly.saf.unipr.it/2021/ in pdf format for students. During classrooms there will be examples of numeric and problem-solving exercises.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam will consist of a written exam in the form of a test delivered on the ELLY platform. The number of questions in the test will be approximately 30 and the types may vary from multiple choice quizzes, true or false quizzes, numerical calculations and concordance tests. As an alternative to the written test, students who have COMPLETED SUCCESSFULLY AND ON TIME the tasks assigned during the lesson period will be able to opt for an oral interview during which the topics covered in class will be discussed and the grade will be established.
The final evaluation, expressed in thirtieths, will depend, in the case of a written exam, on the number of correct answers to the test questions. In the case of an oral interview, from the judgment on the level of knowledge of the contents discussed in class, from the ability to use bibliographic sources of information and from the following aspects: - Application of knowledge: ability to analyze complex datasets of practical cases and draw conclusions; - Communication skills: ability to express acquired knowledge. Honors will be awarded if the maximum score is achieved on each aspect and by full mastery of the disciplinary vocabulary. It should be noted that, to take the exam, registration on the esse3 platform is MANDATORY....

Other information

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