SYK2810A Prevention and Treatment of Malnutrition Course description

Course name in Norwegian
Forebygging og behandling av feilernæring
Study programme
Bachelorstudium i sykepleie
Year of study
Programme description
Course history


Normally taught in English. Taught in Norwegian if no English-speaking students are taking the course.

In this course, students will be given an opportunity to specialise in the significance of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of malnutrition. Obesity is an increasing problem among children and adults, while certain groups of the population are also at risk of undernutrition. Students may choose their target group for the course. The focus will be on methods used to map nutritional problems and status, as well as diet, and to propose measures to prevent and/or treat nutritional problems

Required preliminary courses

Admission to the programme.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge The student

  • can describe nutritional challenges found in a specific group of Norwegian society, including the scope, risk factors, mapping of symptoms, prevention and dietary treatment

  • can describe how it is possible to update your own skills in a chosen subject area and how to contribute to developing professional practice


Skills The student

  • can map dietary intake and use mapping methods to assess nutritional status

  • can calculate and assess the content of energy and nutrients in a diet and assess its composition in relation to recommended nutrient intake

  • can reflect on current procedures and methods, and take the initiative to engage in dialogue about the implementation of new knowledge and new work methods


Competence The student

  • can give practical and adapted diet and lifestyle recommendations to a specific group

  • can reflect on nursing issues within a chosen subject area

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will follow the basic flipped classroom principles with a combination of online resources in Canvas and (digital) lectures.

Course requirements



Supervised individual written exam

  • 2 hours

  • Multiple choice assignment

The assignment can be given in English or Norwegian language.

Permitted exam materials and equipment


Grading scale



One internal and one external examiner will check the questions, and the internal examiner will check the answer papers.

Overlapping courses

The course overlaps 100% with SYK2810A and SYK2810B.