Nutrition Exchange semester

Year of study



Term 3 & 4

Inholland Faculty

 Faculty of Health, Sports & Social Work 

Course Title

Nutrition semester

Course code


Inholland location



first cycle

Number of ECTS


Language of instruction


Course content

During this semester various aspects of nutrition and/or health will be taught. For instance basic nutrition, nutrition across lifespan, nutrition and chronic diseases, nutrition policy, physical activity and obesity. The student will practice with coaching and consulting an individual client in changing his/her lifestyle, with a main focus on nutrition. Furthermore, the student will develop a group intervention to promote healthy food and lifestyle


Kristiaan Zwemmer:

Learning outcomes

Nutrition 1: 5 EC

During this course students will learn about nutrients, nutrition and health, nutrition and obesity, energy demand and requirements, digestion, physiology, healthy nutrition, nutrition and physical activity. We also pay attention to subjects that are relevant to specific age groups; nutrition across lifespan with regards to, children, adolescents, elderly etcetera. Specific nutritional themes for these groups will be discussed in relation to healthy nutrition.

Nutrition 2: 3 EC

During this course students will learn about the different policy strategies in Europe in relation to nutrition and healthy lifestyle. In small groups students will find out how governments try to cope with the problem of overweight and obesity. Students also learn about nutrition and chronic diseases e.g. obesity, diabetes, cancer, etcetera.

Individual consultation: 10 EC

During this course students will learn how to coach an individual client on nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle in general. Skills like performing an intake, testing and counseling (incl. motivational interviewing) will be practiced in a practical and theoretical way. Students will be offered basic knowledge of concepts related to sports and nutrition, diets and nutritional assessment, evidence based practice.

Nutrition intervention plan: 10 EC

During this course students will learn how to develop, execute and evaluate a nutrition intervention plan for a specific target group. Skills with regard to physical activity, nutrition and assessment, and research will be offered in a practical and theoretical way.

Nutrition Electives: 2 EC

Electives will contribute to the development of competences that are useful for completing the programme, for example cultural and language competences.

Mode of delivery, planned activities and teaching methods

Several teaching methods such as projects, theoretical and practical lessons will be offered.

There will be;

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical workshops
  • Independent study
  • Skill training
  • Presentations
  • Project hours
  • Etcetera

Prerequisites and co-requisites (if applicable)

The course will be available in the second semester from February 2019 till July 2019.

Target groups for participation in the Nutrition semester are:

  • Students from universities participating in the PALC consortium (Lithuania, Portugal, Denmark, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Italy);
  • Students from other sports and health related bachelor programmes from Universities in The Netherlands and abroad.

Recommended or required reading and/or other learning resources/tools

The final literature list that will be used during the semester will be available at the start of the Nutrition semester.

The Science of Nutrition (2010). J.L. Thompson, M.M. Manore, L.A. Vaughan. Pearson Education (US), second edition.

Assessment methods and criteria

There are several assessment methods:

  • Case study
  • Report
  • Presentation
  • Practical assessment
  • Multiple choice assessment
  • Reflection assignments