2023-2024 / ALIM0010-3

Food, human nutrition and dietetics


18h Th

Number of credits

 Master in agricultural bioengineering (120 ECTS)2 crédits 
 Master in bioengineering : chemistry and bio-industries (120 ECTS)2 crédits 


Jérôme Bindelle

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

I. Introduction; II. Body composition; III. Digestion and absorption; IV. Metabolism; V Nutrients & composition of foods VII. Dietary requirements and guidelines; VIII. Functional foods; IX. Regulation of food intake; X. Nutrition and health;

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The student will gain basic knowledge on the changes that the consumed food undergoes in the digestive tract, the fate of the nutrients and the effects on the functioning of the human body. The student will gain insights in the need of macro- and micronutrients for humans. Special aspects (such as functional food, allergies,...) related to nutrition will be highlighted.

The individual assessment serves to understand how a varied diet can meet the requirements and gives insight in the daily energy balance.

In general, after completing the course the student is expected to have the ability:

  • To synthesize and critically analyze, based on scientific information, his nutritional habits
  • To communicate it as a report
  • To formulate a diet taking into account the different nutritional and health-related constraints
This course will contribute to the acquisition of the following skills:


  • Diagnose on agronomical processes in technical terms
  • to set-up an experimental plan or a sampling plan based upon a well-formulated hypothesis, and interprete the results
  • Identify limiting parameters of a process or a system

  • Identify the constraints related to the formulation of food
  • Constitute a corpus of scientific articles or technical notres and to identify relevant information and to generate a critical synthesis

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Master bioengineering: chemistry and bioindustries, first year:
CHIM9239-2 Biological molecules chemistry
BIOL2011-1 Comparative animal anatomy and physiology
Master bioengineering: agricultural sciences, second year:
CHIM9239-2 Biological molecules chemistry
BIOL2011-1 Comparative animal anatomy and physiology

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

+/- 18 hours of theory

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:


Recommended or required readings

Powerpoint of the lectures (in english) Recommended books: Introduction to nutrition and metabolism, David A. Bender (CRC Press) Human Nutrition, Catherine Geissler and Hilary Powers (Elsevier)
Nutrition, P. Insel, R.E. Turner, D. Ross (Jones and Bartlett Pubishers)

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

First session: Oral exam (70%); Second session: Oral exam (70%)

Group work (compulsory; 30%)

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course is divided into two parts: theory and group work



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