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


A.Y. Credits
2018/2019 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 fundamentals on metabolic alterations strictly related to nutrition and examples related to malnutrition (under and overnutrition). Furthermore, 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 linked to protein metabolism (eg phenylketonuria, amino acid malabsorption, etc.); the metabolism of lipids (eg hypo-hyporlipidemia etc.); the metabolism of carbohydrates (eg 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

Metabolism of adipose tissue and obesity.

Thinness. Malnutrition.

Food intolerances and allergies.

Iodine and endemic goiter.

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

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

Nutrition and exercise: substrates consumed during sports; relationship of substrate consumption with the duration and intensity of 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.

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

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Students can participate in lessons to request clarifications from the teacher. The teaching material and specific communications of the teacher are available, together with other support activities, within the Moodle platform ›blended.uniurb.it


Attending lessons is not compulsory, but it is strongly recommended. Basic knowledge of biochemistry and physiology are required.

Course books

A choice between:


(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, communication skills and the ability to solve problems of a practical nature. The answers will also be judged on the basis of the expository 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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