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Blinn College • Distance Education • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Nutrition And Diet Therapy BIOL-1322

  • Fall 2013
  • Section SECTION_N01 CRN-12163
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Modified 08/26/2013

Meeting Times

This is an online course so face to face meetings with the class are not required. There is a proctoring requirement for all exams however. Please see the "Course Requirements" section below for details on proctoring options.

Contact Information

Instructor: Ms. Roxanne Brown

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM, S-110, Bryan Campus
  • Friday, 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM, S-110 on the Bryan Campus

Virtual meetings can be arrange using Elluminate/Collaborate by request.  

In order to meet your scheduling needs, I am happy to arrange to meet students at other times as well. Please contact me for an appointment.


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

All sections of this course regardless of location or modality will require:

  1. A minimum of three major exams
  2. A comprehensive final exam

Major Exams: There will be four major exams during the semester. These will cover the lectures, readings from your lecture text, discussion topics, and your notes. Test questions may consist of multiple choice, multiple select, fill-in-the-blank, drawings/diagrams, matching, and short answer essay (1-2 paragraphs).  Take these exams very seriously. Do not wait until the day before the test to begin preparing for an exam.

Exams will be made available at the Blinn Testing Center of the student’s choice during the exam period specified on the course calendar. In order to ensure that testing information is provided to the appropriate campus in a timely fashion, students will have to designate which campus they plan to use for testing. Students will also have the option to arrange for testing a testing center on a different college campus or via ProctorU online proctoring (instructor approval required). Details regarding proctoring will be provided in eCampus. All exams including the final exam must be taken in a proctored environment.

Participation: Your participation score will be comprised of scores received on discussion forums assigned during the course and via participation in keeping a daily food log during certain periods of the course (you will not have to keep a food log for the entire semester). It is important to read the background information and instructions provided for each discussion forum or food log assignment because the grading requirements for one assignment is not necessarily the same as the next. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner when posting to the discussion forums.

Minor Grades: These assignments consist mainly of chapter related assignments which are meant to help you analyze information related to the lecture topics and focus your learning experience.

Diet Analysis Project: Students will complete a project that requires them to apply their understanding of nutrition to evaluate the adequacy of their own diet and make recommendations for improvement. This project will be turned in as a formal report. Project specifics and a grading rubric will be provided in eCampus.

Meal Plan Project: Students will complete a project in which they will apply basic nutrition principles in order to modify their diet to meet specific nutritional objectives. Project specifics and a grading rubric will be provided in eCampus.

Final Exam: The final will cover the lectures, readings from your lecture text, discussion topics, and your notes. Test questions may consist of multiple choice, multiple select, fill-in-the-blank, drawings/diagrams, and matching questions. All students are required to take the final exam in a proctored environment.


The following are required components of a student's final grade.

  1. Minimum of three major exams 
  2. At least one additional major grade (minimum 5% of grade)
  3. Comprehensive final exam (20% of grade)
  4. Class Participation (minimum 10% of the grade) 
  5. Other evaluation methods may include, but are not limited to; quizzes, in/out of class assignments, literature reviews, written and/or oral reports, and online exercises.


Type of Assignments


Major Exams


Minor Grades     




Diet Analysis Project                   


Meal Plan Project


Final Exam   






Letter Grade

90 - 100%


80 – 89%


70 – 79%


60 – 69%


Less than 60%                                   


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:  Attendance policies for online classes are up to the discretion of the instructor. For this class every 3 grades of "zero" will count as 1 weeks worth of absences. Once a student receives their 6th zero, they will be dropped from the class.

Exam Proctoring Requirement: All exams must be taken in a proctored environment. There are three approved proctoring mechanisms include taking the exam:

  1. at any Blinn College Testing Center.
  2. at another college or university testing center (must be pre-approved by the instructor).
  3. via ProctorU online proctoring service.

Details regarding the deadlines and procedures involved with each proctoring option will be provided in eCampus. Students are responsible for any fess charged by non-Blinn proctoring services.

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, [email protected].

Eating and Drinking:  Eating and drinking are not allowed in classrooms or laboratories.


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes

Week Number

Week of







Orientation and Chapter 1: What You Eat and Why






Chapter 2: Guidelines for Designing a Healthy Diet Atoms, Molecules, Water



Chapter 3: The Human Body: A Nutrition Perspective

Exam 1 (Ch. 1-3) may be completed from September 13-16



Chapter 4: Carbohydrates



Chapter 5: Lipids



Chapter 6: Proteins;

Exam 2 (Ch. 4-6) may be completed from October 4-7






Chapter 7: Energy Balance and Weight Control



Chapter 8: Vitamins



Chapter 9: Water and Minerals

Exam 3 (Ch. 7-9) may be completed from October 25-28



Chapter 10: Fitness and Sports






Chapter 11: Eating Disorders




12: Undernutrition



Chapter 13: Safety of Food  and Chapter 14: Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Exam 4 (Ch 10-13) may be completed November 22-25



Chapter 14 cont…







Chapter 15: Nutrition from Infancy to Adolescence & Chapter 16: Adulthood



Review for Final

Final Exam available from December 10 - 12