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Revision Date: 10-Jan-23

Spring 2023 | BIO-1030-VO09 - 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


Laura Gannon-Murakami
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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.


We will be doing:

Assignments and Activities

Discussions and Blogs

Essay Quizzes



Evaluation Criteria

Assignments: There will be a variety of fun assignments and activities to help you learn more about nutrition.

Discussions/Blogs: Discussions are one of the best things about online classes. It is a chance for you to learn about a particular topic and to be the class expert in that area. It is also a great chance to learn from each other. In order to receive credit you will need to check into the discussion folder several times each week. It is expected that you contribute at leastone initial postingand respond to at least two other postings and respond to any questions or comments in your forum. You will be graded on the depth of your posting, the number of responses to other posts and the answers to questions posted in your forum.

New discussion folders will be opened at the start of each week. You will have untilFridayto do the initial posting andMondayto respond to other postings. If you do not post or respond, you will receive a 0 for that week. You cannot go back and post once the week has ended.

For some weeks, we will have blogs instead. Blogs are usually a little longer than a good first posting but they are not shared with your classmates and you do not have to respond.

Quizzes: There will be 6 quizzes on the reading and lecture material. These are open book and not timed but your answers must be your own.

Reflection: For this final project, you will reflect on what you learned in Nutrition.

Presentation: At the end of the semester each student will present on a topic related to Nutrition.

Number Points/each Total Points
Assignments/Activities 10 25 250
Discussions/Blogs/Journal 12 25 300
Quizzes 6 30 180
Reflection 1 35


Presentation 1 40


Total 805

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 and You


Read chapter 1 in “Fundamentals of Human Nutrition

Review the Lecture and PowerPoints.


Discussion on Food choices

Assignment on Analyzing scientific claims.



The Digestive System


Read Section 3: Nutrient Processing in “Fundamentals”.

Review the Lecture and Powerpoints


Discussion on Diseases of the Digestive System

Assignment on Diseases of the Digestive system from the NIH website.





Read Section 4 in “Fundamentals”.

Review the Lecture and Powerpoints.


Post to the Discussion on Gut Flora

Complete Quiz 1 on lectures 1-3





ReadSection 6: Nutrient Processing in “Fundamentals” on Lipids

Review the Lecture and PowerPoints.


Write a Blog on Food Safety.

Complete Activity 4 on Food Safety.





Read Section 5 in “Fundamentals”.

Review the Lecture and PowerPoints.


Post to the discussion on genetically modified foods (GMOs).

Complete the Assignment on MyPlate





Read “Alcohol and Your Health” at NIAA

Review the Lecture and PowerpPoints.


Post to the Discussion on Alcohol Abuse

Complete the Activity on Alcohol

Take Essay Quiz 2 on Lectures 4, 5 and 6.





Read Section 7: Fat Soluble Vitamins in Fundamentals.

Read Section 8: Water Soluble Vitamins in Fundamentals.

Review The Lecture, Powerpoints and Videos


Post to the discussion on food insecurities.

Complete the Activity on volunteering at a soup kitchen, food bank or community based organization that helps with food insecurities; or find more information on food insecurities in your area and answer the questions

Take Essay Quiz 3 on Lecture 7





ReadSection 9.1-9.3,Section 10andSection 11in “Fundamentals”.

Review the lecture and PowerPoints.


Write a blog on Supplements

Complete Essay Quiz 4 on Lecture 8.





Read Section 12: in “Fundamentals”.

Review the Lecture and Powerpoints


Complete the Activity on Food Labels.



Energy Balance


Read Section 13.1-2 and Section 15 in "Fundamentals “.

Review the lecture and Powerpoints.


Post to the discussion on health disparities.

Take Quiz 5

Complete the Activity on Energy Balance



Nutrition and your Body and Brain.


Read the Handout

Review the Lecture and PowerPoints.


Complete Activity 11

Complete Discussion 11



Nutrition and Fitness


Read Section 14 in “Fundamentals”.

Review the Lecture and PowerPoints.


Share your favorite sport or activity or your experience of new activity in the discussion.

Try a new activity for this week.



Nutrition and Fitness


ReadSection 14in “Fundamentals”.



Quiz 6
















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

To earn full participation points for the week, students should:

  • Read the assigned material and demonstrate an understanding of those resources in your assignments and posts.
  • Post an original response to the weekly prompt(s) before Friday at midnight (11:59 PM) and a minimum of two responses to peers before Monday at midnight (11:59 PM). You are also required to respond to any questions or thoughtful comments in your own forum. You are welcome to post early and/or more frequently, as your schedule allows, but you will not receive full credit if you do not meet these minimum requirements and/or deadlines.
  • Posts should be substantive and demonstrate college-level writing. A substantive post is well-developed, a minimum 150 words, and references the reading or another appropriate source. A substantive post is NOT one or two sentences of general statements or unsupported opinion.

Missing & Late Work Policy

You have one week to complete each assignment. In addition, there will be a one

-week automatic extension for assignments, quizzes and labs. After the one week

extension, late work will not be accepted. Discussions, though, are due each week.

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.