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Blinn College • Bryan • Natural Science • Biology - BIOL

Nutrition And Diet Therapy BIOL-1322

  • Spring 2014

  • Section SECTION_303 CRN-21562

  • 3 Credits

  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014

  • Modified 01/13/2014

Meeting Times

MW 4:15 - 5:30   Rm H210

Contact Information

INSTRUCTOR: Kimberly M. Holder, PhD

Office: S117, Science Building, Bryan Campus

Office Hours: MW 4:00-4:15; 5:30-5:40, or by appointment

Tel: 979/209-8273




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


Participation (100 points)

Unannounced quizzes will be given periodically during class time.  These are to be completed during class and will count for a total of 100 points or 10% of your final grade.  Make-up quizzes will not be given because “unannounced” conditions are not reproducible.  Additional in-class activities or assignments also may be given as part of the participation grade.



Diet Analysis (200 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 (200 points)

There will be four major exams.  If you must miss an exam, the final exam grade can replace the missed exam.  The final exam grade will replace only ONE missed exam. Make-up exams will be given only if a student misses two and both are excused absences.






Exam 1: Chapters 1-4

Assignment Due:  Diet Analysis


Exam 2:  Chapters 5-7


Assignment Due:  Meal Plan


Exam 3:  Chapters 8-10


Exam 4:  (Chapters 11, 12, 14,15)



Comprehensive Final Exam 3:15-5:15 (4:15 section only)





Point Distribution:     


Evaluation Method


Major Exams (40%)


Class Participation (10%)


Diet Analysis (20%)


Meal Plan (10%)


Comprehensive Final Exam (20%)





Grading Scale:


Points (Percentage)

Letter Grade













599 or below

(59% or below)




Your Course Average = [(Your Total Points)/1000] 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

Cellular telephones and beepers/pagers must be disengaged while the student is in the Blinn College Library or any classroom/lab, unless otherwise instructed. 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






Lecture Topic (Tentative)


January 13


Chapter 1:  What You Eat and Why


 January 15

Chapter 1:  What You Eat and Why

Chapter 2:  Guidelines for Designing a Healthy Diet




January 20

Holiday—no classes


January 22

Chapter 2:  Guidelines for Designing a Healthy Diet

Chapter 3:  The Human Body:  A Nutrition Perspective



January 27

Chapter 4: Carbohydrates


January 29

Chapter 4: Carbohydrates



February 3

Chapter 5: Lipids


February 5

Exam 1 (Chapters 1-4)



February 10

Chapter 5: Lipids


February 12

Chapter 5/6: Lipids/Proteins



February 17

Chapter 6: Proteins


February 19

Chapter 6: Proteins



February 24

Assignment Workday


February 26

Chapter 7:  Energy Balance and Weight Control   



March 3

Chapter 7:  Energy Balance and Weight Control  Assignment Due


March 5

Exam 2  (Chapters 5-7)    



March 10



March 12



March 17

Chapter 8: Vitamins


March 19

Chapter 8: Vitamins



March 24

Assignment Workday


March 26

Chapter 9: Water and Minerals



March 31

Chapter 9: Water and Minerals


April 2

Chapter 9: Water and Minerals Meal Plan Assignment Due



April 7

Chapter 10: Fitness and Sports


April 9

Exam 3 (Chapters 8-10)



April 14

Chapter 11:  Eating Disorders  & Chapter 12: Undernutrition


April 16

Chapter 13:  Safety of Food and Water



April 21

Chapter 14: Pregnancy and Breastfeeding


April 23

Chapter 15: Nutrition from infancy to Adolescence



April 28

Chapter 16:  Adulthood/Review for FINAL EXAM


April 30

Exam 4 (Chapters 11, 12, 14,15)



May 2 (Fri)

Sec 303 (4:15) FINAL EXAM 3:15—5:15



May 5


 May 7




**This schedule is intended as a guide and may differ slightly throughout the semester as the instructor deems necessary.  Exam dates will not change. 

FINAL EXAM                        Section 303 (MW 4:15) – Friday, May 2 3:15-5:15