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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Nutrition And Diet Therapy BIOL-1322

  • Fall 2013

  • Section SECTION_302 CRN-11938

  • 3 Credits

  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013

  • Modified 08/21/2013

Meeting Times


Monday, Wednesday, 1:25 PM to 2:40 PM, H108

Contact Information

INSTRUCTOR: Dana R. Smith, PhD, RD, LD

Office: S117, Science Building, Bryan Campus

Office Hours: Monday 10:55-11:55 and 2:45-3:00 and Wednesday 11:25-11:55 and 2:45-3:00

Tel: 979/709-8591




Principles of nutrition, diet therapy and knowledge of food preparation. Course includes the basic nutrients necessary for human health, digestion and absorption of key nutrients, relationship between nutrition and physical fitness for weight management, food safety and sanitation, nutrition needs as related to the life cycle and health conditions, disorders and diseases related to nutrition. This course will not fulfill a laboratory science requirement. Three class hours per week. Credit: Three semester hours.

Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.


  1. List the essential nutrients. 
  2. Recognize the cause of various nutritional diseases. 
  3. Describe the relationship among nutrition, disease, and health. 
  4. Characterize the detrimental effects of eating an inadequate, inappropriate, or unbalanced diet.  
  5. Calculate total caloric intake.  
  6. Compare the roles of various macronutrients in the diet.  
  7. Explain the role of physical fitness in the maintenance of a healthy body and how physical fitness and nutrition work synergistically to maintain health.  
  8. Identify errors in food safety and sanitation, and recommend a means to correct the problems.  
  9. Create a meal plan that meets appropriate nutritional guidelines. 
  10. Evaluate a food journal/sample diet and recommend modifications needed to address specific nutritional goals.  
  11. Identify the structure and function of organs related to digestion and absorption of nutrients. 
  12. Explain how the body maintains blood glucose levels.



Textbook: Contemporary Nutrition, 9th Edition, Wardlaw & Smith, 2013 McGraw-Hill.


Course Requirements

Participation (80 points)

Activities and assignments will be assigned during class.  These are to be completed during class and will count for a total of 80 points or 10% of your final grade.  Make-up work will be given only with excused absences



Diet Analyiss (140 points)To gain a better understanding of nutrition, each student is required to keep and analyze a three-day diet and activity record.


Meal Plan (100 points):  Students will develop a meal plan to apply what they learn in this class.  The project will involve creating a meal plan to address specific dietary concerns.


Late assignments will be accepted at the discretion of the professor.  Assignments accepted late may result in a deduction in the final grade.  There may be a deduction of 25% per week late; assignments will not be accepted more than two weeks late.


Exams (100 points each)/Final Exam (150 points)

There will be four major exams.  Students may drop one exam.  It is recommended that you take all four and drop the lowest.  If however, you must miss one for any reason, that is the one that will be dropped.  Make-up exams will be given only if a student misses two and both are excused absences.






Exam 1: Chapters 1-4

Exam 2:  Chapters 5-6


Assignment Due:  Diet Analysis


Exam 3:  Chapters 7-8


Assignment Due:  Meal Plan


Exam 4:  (Chapters 9-13)

Section 301 12/11/2013

Section 302 12/13/2013

Comprehensive Final Exam 12:45-2:45 PM

Comprehensive Final Exam 12:45-2:45 PM



Point Distribution:  

Evaluation Method


Major Exams (39%)


Class Participation (10%)


Diet Analysis (18%)


Meal Plan (13%)


Comprehensive Final Exam (20%)





Grading Scale:

Points (Percentage)

Letter Grade













461 or <

(59% or below)



Your Course Average = [(Your Total Points)/770] x 100% = _____%



Blinn College Policies

Blinn College policies on civility, class attendance; scholastic integrity; students with disabilities; final grade appeals; and electronic devices as stated in the Blinn College Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Blinn College Catalog and specific technical program handbooks. All policies, guidelines and procedures in the Student and Faculty Handbook and the Board and Administrative Policy Manuals are applicable to this course

Civility Statement

Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.

      Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference. 

      This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Attendance Policy

The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. observance of religious holy days—The student should notify his or her instructor(s) not later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) that the student will be absent for any religious holy day(s);
  2. representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. military service.

Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty member with appropriate documentation.  A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services. The last day to drop with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.

Scholastic Integrity

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty.  Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism.  If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction.  Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).  The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

Students with Disabilities

Blinn College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. Support services for students with documented disabilities are provided on an individual basis, upon request. Requests for services should be made directly to the Office of Special Populations serving the campus of your choice.  For the Bryan campus, the Office of Special Populations (Administration Building) can be reached at (979)209-7251.  The Brenham, Sealy and Schulenburg campuses are served by the Office of Special Populations on the Brenham campus (Administration Building Room 104) and can be reached at (979)830-4157.  Additional information can be found at

Final Grade Appeal

If a student wishes to appeal a final grade in a course, Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local), Course Grade Complaints, outlines the timeline for the appeal and the four steps in the appeal.  This policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Electronic Devices

All the functions of all personal electronic devices designed for communication and/or entertainment (cell phones, pagers, beepers, iPods, and similar devices) must be turned off and kept out of sight in all College District classrooms and associated laboratories.  Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the College District civility policy (administrative policy).  This information is contained in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).

Course Policies

Attendance Policy Reminder:  Missing lecture will count as one absence.  For classes that meet twice a week during the spring semester two absences counts as one week's absence.  Students accumulating two week’s worth of absences (four unexcused absences) will be dropped.

Problem Resolution: If you have a complaint about your class, you should first request a conference with your instructor to try and resolve the problems or issues. If the problems or issues cannot be resolved at the instructor level, you should request a conference with the Division Chair, Mr. Dwight Bohlmeyer, Science 241,

Eating and Drinking:  Eating and drinking are not allowed during class.





Lecture Topic (Tentative)


August 26


Chapter 1:  What You Eat and Why


August 28

Chapter 2:  Guidelines for Designing a Healthy Diet




September 2



September 4

Chapter 3:  The Human Body:  A Nutrition Perspective



September 9

Chapter 4: Carbohydrates


September 11

Chapter 4: Carbohydrates



September 16

Exam 1 (Chapters 1-4)


September 18

Chapter 5: Lipids



September 23

Chapter 5: Lipids


September 25

Chapter 5/6: Lipids/Proteins



September 30

Chapter 6: Proteins


October 2

Chapter 6: Proteins



October 7

Exam 2  (Chapters 5-6)


October 9

Chapter 7:  Energy Balance and Weight Control



October 14

Chapter 7:  Energy Balance and Weight Control        Assignment Due


October 16

Chapter 8: Vitamins



October 21

Chapter 8: Vitamins


October 26

Chapter 8: Vitamins



October 28

Exam 3 (Chapters 7-8)


October 30

Chapter 9: Water and Minerals



November 4

Chapter 9: Water and Minerals



November 6

Chapter 10: Fitness and Sports Assignment Due



November 11

Chapter 11:  Eating Disorders  


November 13

Chapter 12: Undernutrition



November 18

Exam 4 (Chapters 9-12)


November 20

Chapter 13:  Safety of Food and Water



November 25

Chapter 14: Pregnancy and Breastfeeding


November 27




December 2

Chapter 15: Nutrition from infancy to Adolescence



December 4

Chapter 16:  Adulthood



December 9









FINAL EXAM             

Section 301 (MW noon) – Wednesday, December 11, 12:45-2:45                         

Section 302 (MW 1:25) – Friday, December 13 , 12:45-2:45