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Revision Date: 07-May-24
 

Summer 2024 | BIO-1030-VU01 - Introduction to Nutrition


In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Winooski
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Thursday, 05:30P - 09:00P
Semester Dates: 05-23-2024 to 08-08-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Faculty

Mary Kathryn Edwards
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jennifer Guarino

General Education Requirements


This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Natural Science
    Note
  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.


Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Prohibited: The use of generative AI is not allowed in this course, with the exception of spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools. This course rests in the value of students engaging in the learning process without relying on AI-generated content. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills independently, owning their learning journey from start to finish. If you use these tools, your actions would be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.


Methods

The teaching methods for this course will vary by class but it will be a combination of:

  • multimedia presentations and resources
  • small and large group discussions
  • interactive projects and/or activities
  • readings, writing, and inquiry-based research
  • professional work-based learning experiences

Evaluation Criteria

Grading

This course will be graded using a points system. There are a total of 1500 points available. They will be broken down into categories detailed below.

Final grades are assigned an A, B, C, D, F overall course grade based on the total number of points earned.

It is my job to provide you with a clear understanding of what is expected for each assignment, and it is your job to produce work in a timely manner that meets those expectations based on what grade you want to earn in the class.

Point Totals Per Grading Category

Participation, Attendance, & Posts (weekly)240 points =16%

HW quizzes (weekly)300 points = 20%

Reading Labels (5 parts) 150 points = 10%

Reflections (5 submissions; 45 pts each) 225 points = 15%

Diet Composition (5 parts) 160 points = 11%

Fad Diet presentation 50 points = 3%

Exams (100 pts per exam) 375 points = 25%

TOTAL = 1500

Grading Components:

16% Participation, Attendance, & Discussion Posts (12 available)

10% Reading labels (5 components)

20% HW Quizzes (12 available)

15% Reflections (6 available)

11% Diet Composition Analysis (5 components)

3% Diet Fad Poster Presentations (3 minutes)

25% Exams

Assignments:

Participation, Attendance, & Discussion Posts (240 pts)

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 departure may jeopardize a student’s ability to learn and 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.

- 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.

Reading Labels Assignment (150 points)

Pick 1 food label and use your investigative skills to answer a set of questions and compare the items on the label. You will also detail the digestion of the macronutrients in the food and detail your personal dietary macronutrient needs. In the submission, include each of the components listed on the assignment. Details to follow.

Reflections (225 points)

Reflections ask you to listen to a podcast, watch a video, and/or read an article about an interesting and sometimes controversial topic in nutrition and reflect on the content. There will be specific questions to help you frame your writing. This is not a time for summarizing the content. It is a chance to think critically about nutrition today. These assignments are designed to encourage critical thinking around current issues in nutrition and allow for analysis of current dietary patterns. Write 500-700 words to answer the prompts. Use outside sources and citations (if needed).

There will be 6 reflection opportunities, you are expected to complete 5 of them for full credit.

Topics include:

- Reflection 1: Nutrition & Mental Health

- Reflection 2: Microbiome OR Gamechangers

- Reflection 3: Supplements & Safety

- Reflection 4: Obesity Epidemic/The Biggest Loser

- Reflection 5: Minnesota Starvation Study

- Reflection 6: Fad diets/Diet Culture

Diet Composition Analysis (160 points)

You will capture 3 days of your dietary intake or of someone you know. Using an online tool (to be discussed in class) you will evaluate your macronutrients and micronutrient intakes. Compare your diet to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Recommended Dietary Allowances for protein, fats, carbs, vitamins, and minerals. Discuss why you did/did not meet recommendations. Add suggestions or a plan for meeting recommendations.

Fad Diet Poster Presentation (50 points)

This 3-minute presentation is a visual representation of a fad diet. The presentations will be completed during the final class. Elements to include on the poster include: the name of the diet, what a typical day of meals would like, and the desired macronutrient percentages. Other items to consider include: when it was developed, why it was developed, and celebrities that endorse the diet. Specific details to follow.

Exams (375 points)

Exams will be cumulative, open book, open note, online exams consisting of multiple choice, short answer, and fill in the blank. It will also include 5-10 points of extra credit. Use the study guide and the weekly reading quizzes to guide your study habits.

Grade Tiers:

Grade Goal

Agreater than1,350

Bgreater than 1,200

Cgreater than 1,050

Communicating with Me:

1. Email is the best: my email is mke03090@vsc.edu. I generally do not answer emails during the evenings or weekends, but I will do my best to get back to you within 1 working day. If you send me an email on Monday, expect to hear back from me Tuesday. If you send me an email on Friday, expect to hear back from me on Monday.

2. Canvas is second best: Using the Canvas inbox and other discussion tools works, but you may not get the quickest response. I will do my best to check these, but my response might be delayed. So, if you need a quick answer or are looking to schedule some time with me, please send me an email.

3. How to write a professional email: Using professional communication is important and this class is a good chance to practice. Start each email with a greeting such as “Hi” or “Dear” and then include my name such as “Dear Mary Kathryn” or “Hi Ms. Edwards.” Non-professional salutations would be “hey” or “what’s up.” After your greeting, please state your question or issue succinctly. If you would like to meet with me, include three meeting times that would work for you. Then close the email with your name.

4. When to communicate with me: It is my job to provide clear instructions on expectations and to help guide your learning of nutrition. Please contact me IF:

a. Something is not clear for an assignment or on a nutrition topic.

b. See something on Canvas that does not make sense.

c. You find that any of the ground rules have been violated.

d. You are not able to meet your assignment deadlines.

e. You want to know more about a certain topic and the material isn’t sufficient.

f. You want to meet with me. We can schedule a virtual meeting.

Missing, Unsatisfactory, and Late Work Policy

“LIFE HAPPENS”

You will have two “life happens” extensions for assignments. If you choose to use your “life happens” extensions, please send me an email letting me know using the words “Life Happens” in the subject line. For missing or late work, you have a 3-day extension from the due date. For unsatisfactory work, you will have 3 days from the date it is returned to you to redo and resubmit the work for full credit.

If you need more than a “life happens” extension, late work is accepted on a conditional basis. Please reach out to me if you are not able to turn in your work on time. Extensions will be granted only in extenuating circumstances.

Students who know they will not have access to the course materials for any reason should make arrangements with me to complete assignments.


Grading Criteria

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

 HighLow
A+10098
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 
P10060
NPLess than 600


Weekly Schedule


Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments
 

1

Welcome & Course Introduction

Why does nutrition matter?

  

Course syllabus

Chapter 1

  

Homework Quiz 1

 

2

Digestion

  

Chapter 3

  

HW Quiz 2

 

3

Carbohydrates & Lipids

  

Chapter 4 & 5

  

HW Quiz 3

 

4

Protein & Amino Acids

  

Chapter 6

  

HW Quiz 4

 

5

Nutrition Guidelines

  

Chapter 2

  

HW Quiz 5

 

6

Water & Major Minerals

  

Chapter 7

  

HW Quiz 6

 

7

Nutrition Science & Fad Diets

  

Chapter 1

  

HW Quiz 7

 

8

Fat Soluble Vitamins, Trace Minerals, & Supplements

  

Chapter 7 & 8

  

HW Quiz 8

 

9

Water-Soluble Vitamins

  

Chapters 10

  

HW Quiz 9

 

10

Energy Balance

  

Chapter 9

  

HW Quiz 10

 

11

Lifecycle Nutrition

Diet & Health

  

Chapter 14 & 11

  

HW Quiz 11

 

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

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 departure may jeopardize a student’s ability to learn and 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.

- 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.



Missing & Late Work Policy

Missing, Unsatisfactory, and Late Work Policy

“LIFE HAPPENS”

You will have two “life happens” extensions for assignments. If you choose to use your “life happens” extensions, please send me an email letting me know using the words “Life Happens” in the subject line. For missing or late work, you have a 3-day extension from the due date. For unsatisfactory work, you will have 3 days from the date it is returned to you to redo and resubmit the work for full credit.

If you need more than a “life happens” extension, late work is accepted on a conditional basis. Please reach out to me if you are not able to turn in your work on time. Extensions will be granted only in extenuating circumstances.

Students who know they will not have access to the course materials for any reason should make arrangements with me to complete assignments.


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.