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Course Syllabus: Nutrition 201: A Closer Look


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Course Description

 

Nutrition is the science of food. This science combines chemistry, biology, medicine and even a bit of psychology into an attempt to understand how the body breaks down food (catabolism), uses food energy to make and repair cells (anabolism) and keep your body running on a daily basis (metabolism). Food science is always changing and evolving, and many of the basic questions about nutrition still remain unanswered. For example: what is the exactly correct proportion of food to eat each day? Why do some people struggle with weight while others don't? What is the best diet for disease prevention, health and athletic performance?

This study will investigate the answers to some of these questions. It will also look at popular trends like protein powders and fad diets. It will explain how your body uses food, and which types of food serve which purpose. It will help you understand why we need to eat a wide variety of foods, especially fruits and vegetables. Nutritional science continues to advance, a few themes emerge over and over again: eating a wide variety of brightly colored fruits and vegetables in a state as close to natural as possible, and eating several small portions of food at regular intervals throughout the day (as opposed to two or three large meals) tends to promote athletic performance, disease prevention, weight management and overall well-being.

Course Requirements

At least a high school reading and writing educational level is required.

Course Topics

 

Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: Digestion and Absorption

Lesson 3: Carbohydrates

Lesson 4: Lipids

Lesson 5: Proteins and Amino Acids

Lesson 6: Fluids Including Alcohol

Lesson 7: Metabolism, Energy Balance, and Body Weight

Lesson 8: Nutrition and Exercise

Lesson 9: Fat-Soluble Vitamins

Lesson 10: Water-Soluble Vitamins

Lesson 11: Major Minerals

Lesson 12: Disease and Diet

Lesson 13: Eating Disorders

Lesson 14: Nutrition for Different Life Stages

Course Materials

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz. Some of the lessons will also include a writing assignment along with a final assignment. Students will successfully complete this course with an overall average of 70% or higher.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz. Some of the lessons will also include a writing assignment along with a final assignment. Students will successfully complete this course with an overall average of 70% or higher.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe digestion and absorption.
  • Know carbohydrates, lipids, protein and amino acids and their critical roles in nutrition and diet.
  • Know metabolism, energy balance, and body weight requirements and needs and their relationship to proper nutrition and health.
  • Identify healthy living and how it relates to nutrition and exercise.
  • Fat Soluble Vitamins
  • Describe and recognize water-soluble vitamins and major minerals.
  • Describe eating disorders.
  • Describe nutritional needs for different life stages, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

Lesson 1 Assignment20
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2 Assignment20
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Assignment20
Lesson 3 Exam10
Lesson 4 Assignment20
Lesson 4 Exam10
Lesson 5 Assignment20
Lesson 5 Exam9
Lesson 6 Assignment20
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Assignment20
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Assignment20
Lesson 8 Exam10
Lesson 9 Assignment20
Lesson 9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Assignment20
Lesson 10 Exam10
Lesson 11 Assignment20
Lesson 11 Exam10
Lesson 12 Assignment20
Lesson 12 Exam10
Lesson 13 Assignment20
Lesson 13 Exam10
Lesson 14 Assignment20
Lesson 14 Exam10
The Final Exam36
Total Points:455
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