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Revision Date: 07-Jan-23

Spring 2023 | BIO-1030-VO05 - Introduction to Nutrition

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 01-24-2023 to 05-08-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-26-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Andrea Altman
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jennifer Guarino

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
Natural Science
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the physiological basis of nutrition and evaluates dietary requirements. Emphasis is placed on metabolism, digestion, and nutrients used in the human body and the nutrition involved in health, disease, and aging.

Essential Objectives

1. Utilize the scientific method to distinguish between well-researched evidence on nutrition and some of the basic fallacies and myths in this field.
2. Discuss how Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) are established and how they compare for individuals based on nutrition, disease, and aging.
3. Outline dietary strategies now recommended to minimize the risks of disease and describe the nutritional and caloric needs of individuals throughout the lifecycle.
4. Describe the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids with an emphasis on organs, hormones, and enzymes.
5. Evaluate and discuss the biological role of vitamins and minerals in maintaining homeostasis.
6. Analyze how carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are broken down to harvest energy and describe the conditions by which each of these molecules is metabolized.
7. Examine, record, and evaluate diets for nutritional and caloric adequacy and safety.
8. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating and applying quantitative data and information.
9. Explain how knowledge created in the natural sciences has contributed to the creation, maintenance and dismantling of social inequalities and discuss the impacts of diversity and inclusion on scientific research and practice.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


This class will contain a mixture of discussion board assignments, individual and small group activities, online research, textbook references, required readings, and reflections of various online articles and websites.

Evaluation Criteria

Contributions to the discussion board are a crucial part of this class, as the online environment is our class time. We will be exploring a variety of topics and current nutritional theories, with a variety of assignments. Tests will be online (the dates are listed on the syllabus), and details of the class projects will be posted in the class assignments folder.

Class projects will include:

~ Nutrition News

~ Recipe Modification

~ A 3-day food diary and diet analysis (using a diet analysis program)

The final grade is composed of the following components:

58% Discussion Board: Attendance and Class Participation

24% Quizzes and Tests

5% Homework Assignments

5% Diet Analysis

4% Nutrition News

4% Recipe Modification

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments



Nutrition Tools – Standards and Guidelines


Read the Week 1 To-do list


Complete the week 1 assignment



Nutrition Information and Misinformation


Read Week 2 To-do list



Digestion, Absorption, and Transportation of Nutrients


Read Week 3 To-do list


Recipe Modification / Nutrition News





Read Week 4 To-do list


Test 1 on Weeks 1-3

Recipe Modification / Nutrition News





Read Week 5 To-do list


Recipe Modification / Nutrition News





Read Week 6 To-do list


Test 2 on Weeks 4 + 5

Recipe Modification / Nutrition News





Read Week 7 To-do list


Recipe Modification / Nutrition News

Diet Analysis - step 1



Water and Minerals


Read Week 8 To-do list


Test 3 on Weeks 6 + 7 + 8

Recipe Modification / Nutrition News

Diet Analysis - step 2



Energy Balance and Healthy Body Weight


Read Week 9 To-do list


Diet Analysis assignment due

Recipe Modification / Nutrition News



Nutrients, Physical Activity, + the Body’s Responses


Read Week 10 To-do list


Test 4 on Weeks 8 + 9

Recipe Modification / Nutrition News



Diet and Health


Read Week 11 To-do list


Recipe Modification / Nutrition News



Food Safety and Technology


Read Week 12 To-do list


Test 5 on Weeks 10 + 11

Recipe Modification / Nutrition News



Life Cycle Nutrition: Mother and Infant


Read Week 13 To-do list


Recipe Modification / Nutrition News



Child, Teen, and Older Adult


Read Week 14 To-do list


Recipe Modification / Nutrition News



Final Reflections


Read Week 15 To-do list


Test 6 on Weeks 12, 13, 14


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Weekly attendance and postings are crucial for the flow of the discussion board. We will start each week on a Tuesday, with all posts and assignments due by 11:59 pm on Monday nights. Each week there will be readings from the textbook, discussion questions, individual or group projects, and handouts.

Posts should be substantive and demonstrate college-level writing. A substantive post is well-developed, and cites references from the reading or another appropriate source. A substantive post is NOT one or two sentences of general statements or unsupported opinions.

Missing & Late Work Policy

There are two posting deadlines, one by 11:59 pm on Thursday (5 pts), and the other by 11:59 pm on Monday (5 pts), in order to get full points for attendance. Exact details of the expectations and assignments will be posted in advance, and feel free to ask for clarification at any point.

Extensions will be granted only in extenuating circumstances. If a lengthy medical problem or other emergent personal issue will result in missing weekly discussions and/or assignments, please contact your instructor as soon as possible.

Students who know that they will not have course access for any given week should make arrangements with me to complete assignments and participation requirements prior to the absence.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.