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Introduction to Nutrition

Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-14-2020 - Refund Policy
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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.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

The text for this course is Nutrition Concepts and Controversies 14th Edition, by Sizer and Whitney. It should be available at the UVM bookstore--however, you do not want the version intended for UVM students. Alternatively, you can likely find a used copy online--12th edition or newer is preferable. You do not need the CD.


I believe nutrition is an essential part of life, and that all people should understand what is in their food and how it interacts with their body and health.

Teaching methods include textbook and current literature readings, written assignments, in class discussions and case study related activities as well as two in class exams. The goal of this course is to help students understand the concepts of what makes up a healthy diet, as well as be able to apply those concept to their own lives.

Evaluation Criteria:

Course Evaluation
Attendance 10%

Weekly Quizzes10%


Written Assignments30%

Course Expectations:

Reading/participation: Students are expected to complete reading assignments prior to class, and to participate in class discussions/activities

Attendance: Students are expected to attend class and arrive on time.

Weekly quizes: Short quizzes will be given at the beginning of class each week.

Exam: Students will complete two mid term and one final exam

Writing assignments: Students will complete two written assisngments during the semester. Details will be provided during class.

Late assignments will be marked down 5% for each day they are late.

Active participation in the classroom is encouraged and expected . Remember, active participation lets the instructor know that you are grasping the concepts of the course.

Please be respectful and courteous to your peers. It is expected that you participate appropriately in both classroom discussions and group activities demonstrating effective communication and listening skills

Cell phones are to be turned off during class.


Summer 2020 textbook data will be available on April 6. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.


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

Attendance Policy:

Attendance Policy: Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. Please be aware that missing more than three (3) classes may result in a non-satisfactory grade. A pattern of late arrival or early departure will constitute absence at the instructor's discretion.

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.
  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 Honesty: 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.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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