Cod: 21171
Department: DCET
Scientific area: Food Science and Technology
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 26

The contents are organized to enable students to understand the principles related to sustainable food. For this, the syllabus starts with notions of nutrients and its functions. Thereafter, non-communicable chronic diseases (constitute the main threats to health) are presented. Also, different food patterns are compared, as well as new healthy food trends. Finally, and central to this UC, the topic of food waste is studied both from the perspective of their national and international characterization, as at level of public campaigns aimed at its reduction.

Sustainable Diets
Noncommunicable diseases
Food waste

Students will be able to:
1. Apply basic nutritional knowledge to understanding of nutritional implications of chronic diseases.
2. Describe and evaluate the major food patterns
3. Describe the new healthy food trends
4. Characterize and evaluate the theme Food Waste

1. Nutrients and Their Functions
2. Food and Major Health Threats
3. Dietary Patterns
4. Healthy and New Food Trends
5. Food Waste and Sustainability

- Biodiversity and Sustainable Diets Unoted Against Hunger. In Proceedings of the International Scientific Symposium. FAO Headquarters, Rome. 3–5 November 2010.
- Healthy and sustainable diets in the early years. Implications of current thinking on healthy, sustainable diets for the food and nutrient intakes of children under the age of 5 in the UK.
Wordworks, London, 2012.
- Teixeira, P.J., Sardinha, L.B., Themudo Barata, J.L. (2008). Nutrição, Exercício e Saúde. Lidel, Lisboa.
- Informação e documentação de apoio (textos de apoio) disponibilizada na página da unidade curricular/- More information and documentation provided online in the Curricular Unit webpage.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final digital test, Global e-folio (e-folio G) at the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).

E-Learning (fully online)
Being an e-learning student at the Open University implies that this course takes place in a virtual environment, with the support of a set of working tools and communication materials and diversified resources (books, videos, audios).
It is in this environment and through these tools that the teaching processes occurs, as well as communication with the teacher and with other colleagues and where participation involves the activities proposed by the teacher.
In this CU the communication with the teacher develops in a continuous manner, thus not with rigid or flexible temporal resolution. In each topic of UC, is provided a forum for discussion and questions that is visible to the entire class (both students in continuous assessment as well as final exam). This communication is primarily asynchronous, implying that the response to interventions published by the students is not immediate and may vary between a few hours and a maximum of 48 hours.