Advances in Nutritional Sciences

Course Information
TitleΕΞΕΛΙΞΕΙΣ ΣΤΗΝ ΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΗ ΤΗΣ ΔΙΑΤΡΟΦΗΣ / Advances in Nutritional Sciences
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID420001001

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction)
  • English (Instruction)
General Prerequisites
Students should have basic background in General Chemistry, as well as in the Principles of Nutrition Science.
Learning Outcomes
1. Understand the methodology of research in the scientific field of Nutrition Science. 2. Interpret data from nutrition studies. 3. Recognise the relationship between dietary patterns and health outcomes. 4. Understand the metabolic regulation and homeostasis. 5. Recognise the role of nutrition through the lifecycle. 6. Understand the association between nutrition/nutrient metabolism and chronic diseases.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
1-2. Core concepts of Nutrition. 3. Introduction to nutrition research methodology. 4. Dietary intake measurement - Evaluation of dietary intake data. 5-6. Dietary patterns and public health. 7. Public health aspects of overnutrition - Obesity and related chronic diseases. 8. Vitamin and mineral overconsumption - Adaptation of homeostatic control mechanisms. 9. Undernutrition - Adaptation and chronic energy deficiency. 10-11. Maternal nutrition, fetal programming and adult chronic diseases. 12. Role and importance of breast feeding. 13. The role of nutrition in public health - New perspectives.
Food, nutrition, metabolism, health
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Teaching PowerPoint and internet.
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Project development and presentation - written exams at the end of semester.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Διατροφή και Μεταβολισμός - Gibney M.J., et al., Επιμέλεια Ελληνικής Έκδοσης Ζαμπέλας Α., Εκδόσεις Παρισιάνου, 2008 Διατροφή και Δημόσια Υγεία - Gibney M.J., et al., Επιμέλεια Ελληνικής Έκδοσης Πολυχρονόπουλος Ε. και συν, Εκδόσεις Παρισιάνου, 2009 Berg, M.J., Tymoczko, L.J., Stryer, L. (2012) Βιοχημεία. Μετάφραση: Α. Αλετράς, Θ. Βαλκανά, Δ. Δραΐνας, Κ. Δραΐνας, Η. Κούβελας, Γ.Κ. Παπαδόπουλος, Μ. Φράγκου-Λαζαρίδη, Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης. Γεωργάτσος, Ι.Γ., Γιαννακούρος, Θ.Γ. (2005) Έλεγχος του μεταβολισμού στο μοριακό επίπεδο. Εκδόσεις Γιαχούδη.
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