Food Science and Nutrition (in English)

ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Food Science and Nutrition (in English)

  • Host University

    ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Nutrition and Food Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Studying nutrition from the anthropological perspective provides a comprehensive framework used to compare differences in the field of food and nutrition. Why does one eat what they eat in certain places and why is it cooked the way it is? After this introduction, the course progresses to the Mediterranean diet with attention to tradition, the ingredients, and preparation and presentation techniques in various cuisines. From the gastronomic tradition of these countries the course examines eating habits with the changes experienced, the nutrients that must be present in healthy and balanced food, nutritional diseases in the past and the present, food security, education initiatives and awareness in the field of food, and the impact on the public health system. Students in this course have the opportunity to carry out research work. Of the research done, students will select the best for their digital publication in a professional journal of international scope.

    Course Objectives:

    - Study the function that nutrients have on health.
    - Studying food from an anthropological perspective by analyzing the factors that influence eating habits.
    - Analyze the Mediterranean diet.
    - Study nutritional diseases.

    Module 1. NUTRIENTS
    Classification of food and classification of nutrients.
    Digestion and absorption of nutrients.
    Sources and functions of nutrients.

    Module 2. NUTRITION
    Nutrition, malnutrition and eating habits.
    Energy deficiency and energy excess.
    Nutritional factors that affect growth and development. Nutrition during pregnancy, lactation, infancy and adolescents.
    Dietary management.

    Choosing a healthy diet.
    Approach to the Mediterranean diet from a historical, sociological, anthropologic and gastronomic view.
    Analyses of food and nutrients that constitutes the Mediterranean Diet.
    The role of the Mediterranean diet in the prevention of obesity and review of evidences for the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle.

    Unit 4. FOOD SAFETY
    Biological, chemical and physical hazards.
    Temperature control.
    Food storage.
    Nutritional diseases.

    Course Evaluation:

    Participation and attitude in class 10%
    - Quiz I 15%
    - Quiz II 5%
    Homework: 5%
    Midterm Exam: 25%
    Final Exam: 25%
    Final project: 15%

    Final letter grades will be assigned using the following scale, expressed in terms of the percentage of total possible points earned:

    10 = Matrícula de Honor (one for every 20 students)
    9 ? 9,9 = Sobresaliente
    7 ? 8,9 = Notable
    5 ? 6,9 = Aprobado
    0 ? 4,9 = Suspenso
    Attending the course but not taking the exams = No presentado
    Missing class more than permitted = No asistencia

    Bibliography: along with selections from primary texts, students will be provided selections from other sources including:

    Introduction to Food Science, Spring 2012 Course Manual, P.A. 0164, Designer Food: Mutant Harvest or Breadbasket of the World (Pence, 2002, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.), and Food Bites: The Science of the Foods We Eat (Hartel and Hartel, 2008, Springer Science + Business Media). See the syllabus for reading assignments.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations