Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2017/2018 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Roberta De Bellis
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Nutritional Sciences (L-29)
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Learning Objectives

The course aims to give some foundations on the alterations of the metabolism strictly related to nutrition and examples related to malnutrition (under and over-nutrition). In addition, the nutritional needs that are found in particular physiological situations (pregnancy, breastfeeding, elderly, etc.) and in some pathologies (intolerances and allergies, favism, phenylketonuria, etc.) will be examined.


Metabolic alterations related to protein metabolism (e.g. phenylketonuria, amino acid malabsorption, etc.); lipid metabolism (eg hypo-hyporlipidaemias, etc.); carbohydrate metabolism (e.g. favism, glycogenosis, galactosemia etc.).

The metabolic alterations resulting from an imbalance in the supply of nutrients.

Body composition and nutritional status.

Nutritional standards and food guidelines

Adipose tissue metabolism and obesity.

Thinness. Malnutrition.

Food intolerances and allergies.

Iodine and endemic goiter.

Nutritional needs of pregnant women and women during breastfeeding: energy, proteins, vitamins and minerals.

Nutrition and growth: the newborn; the child from 6 to 12 months; the child up to 10 years; adolescence

Nutrition and exercise: substrates consumed during sports; relationship between the consumption of the substrates and the duration and intensity of the effort; role of proteins in muscle metabolism; vitamins and minerals in physical activity; water-saline balance.

Nutrition in the elderly: effects of nutritional deficiencies on the elderly population.

Bridging Courses

It is hoped that the student has already taken the exams of: Biochemistry ;  Food Biochemistry ;  Physiology.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

D1 - Knowledge and comprehension skills. The student must be able to describe the properties of the material, highlighting the basic knowledge of micro and macronutrients, body composition and human metabolism. He will have to master the concepts related to cellular and general metabolism. These skills will be verified through oral questions.

D2 - Ability to apply knowledge and understanding. The student must be able to correctly use nutritional terminology and must be able to apply the knowledge acquired by knowing how to relate the quality of nutrition with the body composition and metaboism of man. These skills will be verified through oral questions.

D3 - Autonomy of judgment. The student must be able to critically evaluate the role of the micro- and macronutrients introduced with the diet and their correlation with the metabolism; he must also be able to identify both the critical points and the strengths with which nutrition can act. These skills will be verified through targeted oral applications.

D4 - Communication skills. The student must be able to describe what has been learned during the course by expressing himself clearly, with appropriate terms and with appropriate examples.

D5 - Learning skills. The student must be able to construct his scientific growth path in a critical and autonomous way, being able to correctly use the study material provided by the teacher and the in-depth material that he himself can obtain. These skills, as far as possible, will be stimulated by the teacher by offering in-depth studies also in English.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

The teaching materials prepared by the teacher (such as slides, lecture notes, tutorials) and specific communications from the teacher can be found, together with other support activities, on the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


The course includes lectures.

Students can attend the lessons to request clarifications from the teacher.

The teaching material and specific communications from the teacher can be found, together with other support activities, on the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it


Basic knowledge of biochemistry and physiology is required.

Course books

Choose from:


(Alimenti Alimentazione nel sano e nel malato Integratori alimentari)

Zangara – Zangara - Koprivec

PICCIN ed.2014

 Conoscenze attuali in Nutrizione

Ziegler –-Filer

PICCIN ed. 2002

The necessary updates will be indicated during the course and reported on the Moodle platform.


The assessment of learning involves an oral test. The test will aim to verify the knowledge acquired and will also allow to evaluate the ability to correlate the various topics covered in the course, the communication skills and the ability to solve problems of a practical nature. The answers will also be judged on the basis of the exhibition capacity and the language used as correct and appropriate scientific terminology. The oral exam is judged with a mark out of thirty

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