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Revision Date: 05-Jun-24
 

Fall 2024 | BIO-1030-VU02 - 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, 11:45A - 02:45P
Semester Dates: 09-05-2024 to 12-12-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 1 (as of 07-13-24 2:05 PM)
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Faculty

Alexandra McAleer
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jen 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

BIO-1030-VU02 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Methods

Contact Information

You may contact me at anytime by email: agm02230@vsc.edu. I am always happy to discuss questions or concerns you may be having.

Textbook

Nutrition: Concepts and Contoversies, by Sizer and Whitney. 15th Edition.

Course Learning Format

Information for this course may be presented in any of the following forms: lecture, discussion, powerpoint slides, podcasts, short movies/video clips, etc.

Grading

Students grades will be determined by the grades achieved on assignments, exams, and class participation in the proportions defined below:

Scale

97-100 A+

94-96 A

90-93 A-

87-89 B+

84-86 B

80-83 B-

77-79 C+

74-76 C

70-73 C-

67-69 D+

64-66 D

60-63 D-

Below 60 F

Examinations (4) 40%

Class Participation/Homework 40%

Research Paper 20%

Course Policies

Attendance/Participation –Attendance is required. Missing more than two weeks worth of class assignments will result in a significant decrease of the participation portion of your grade. Participation will be measured based on your completion of tasks such as reading assignments, participating in discussions, turning in assignments, completing a research paper, and completing exams. Students who have financial aid may lose their funding upon missing more than the designated allowable absences. Attending and participating in class is an easy way to increase your grade.

Examinations- Examinations will be approx. 1 hour 15 minutes long, and will be administered in class. If you miss an examination, you may be given a zero unless there are extenuating circumstances. Exams may include questions in the form of multiple choice, fill in the blank, true/false, short answer, essay, compare/contrast, matching.

Cheating and Plagiarism -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.


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

Introduction: Nutrition tools-Standards and Guidelines

  

Chapters 1 & 2

  
 

2

The Body Systems

  

Chapter 3

  

Text questions, critical thinking

 

3

Carbohydrates

  

Chapter 4

  

Text questions, reading, critical thinking

 

4

Lipids

  

Chapter 5

  

Exam 1

 

5

Lipids

  

Chapter 5

  

Text questions, critical thinking

 

6

Proteins

  

Chapter 6

  

Text questions, critical thinking

 

7

Vitamins

  

Chapter 7

  

Text questions, critical thinking

 

8

Water and Minerals

  

Chapter 8

  

Exam 2

 

9

Energy Balance and Healthy Body Weight

  

Chapter 9

  

Text questions, critical thinking

 

10

Nutrients, Physical Activity, and Body's Responses

  

Chapter 10

  

Text questions, critical thinking

 

11

Diet and Health

  

Chapter 11

  

Research Paper draft due

 

12

Food Safety and Food Technology

  

Chapter 12

  

Exam 3

 

13

Life Cycle Nutrition: Mother and Infant

  

Chapter 13

  

Research Paper due

 

14

Child, Teen, and Older Adult; Hunger and Global Environment

  

Chapters 14 & 15

  

Exam preparation

 

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.

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.