Bachelor's degree in Sport and Exercise Science (from 2008-2009)

Methods and techniques for body composition measurement

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Name of lecturer
Carlo Zancanaro
Carlo Zancanaro
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
I semestre dal Oct 3, 2016 al Jan 27, 2017.

Lesson timetable

I semestre

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Learning outcomes

Aim of this course is to teach students specific information on the following:

•Which methods and instrumentations are currently used to assess body composition in the human.

•The current models of body composition.

The student is expected to get a sound understanding of the currently used methods for body composition assessment as well as the data therefrom.


Methods and Instrumentations:
Body chemical analysis, body water estimates, tissue analysis; underwater weighing, air-displacement plethysmography, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, skinfold thickness measurement, neutron activation analysis.

Two-, three-, four- five-compartment models

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Steven Heymsfield, Timothy Lohman, Zi-Mian Wang, Scott Going Human Body Composition (Edizione 2) Human Kinetics 2005 9780736046558

Assessment methods and criteria

According to the Regulations in force, the student must participate in 70% of teaching hours to get admitted to the exam. To pass the examen, students should demonstrate adeguate knowledge of the principles and operations of the main methods of body composition analysis. The examen consists of multiple choice questions (n=20). Five answers, one correct. Correct answer, 1 point; wrong/missing answer, 0 points.

Teaching aids


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