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NS105 Concepts & Controversies in Nutrition

Fall 1999

Instructor: Dr. Nancy Tress

Telephone: 777-6206 (office) (e-mail)

643-1532 (home) (web page)

Class time: T,R 12:30-1:45

Textbook: Contemporary Nutrition. Gordon M. Wardlaw

Nutriquest CD-ROM

Goals & Objectives:

This course begins with a general overview of the benefits of certain foods to human health. Nutrition standards and guidelines are recommended. The remarkable human body is discussed with particular emphasis on cells, hormones, digestive, and excretory systems. A thorough study of how carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, and mineral chemistry affects the human organism is presented. The symbiosis between and among nutrients, energy, physical activity and weight control, and the body's responses to these interactions is explained. Proper nutrition and its benefits to disease prevention is emphasized. The life cycle nutrition from pregnancy to later-life years is discussed. Students become familiar with various nutritional charts and table and, as a result, are encouraged to examine their own dietary practices and to modify their behavior to safety and food technology, hunger, and the global environment. Principles of scientific inquiry are integrated throughout the course.

Upon completion of NS105, the student will be able to:

1. Define basic nutrition concepts such as nutrition, nutrients, and health-promoting diet.

2. Describe the physiology of nutrition.

3. Classify carbohydrates according to structure and function.

4. Identify dietary fiber and the role it plays in health and prevention of disease.

5. State the functions of lipids in our bodies.

6. Describe the function of the fat transport compounds in the body and the role they play

in heart disease development.

7. List the functions of proteins and their biological value.

8. Describe appropriate methods for weight maintenance.

9. Define and describe the term vitamins and list their major functions in the body.

10. Describe the bio-availability and absorption of minerals.

11. Discuss the importance of water in the diet.

12. Describe the development of eating habits that occur during childhood and


13. Discuss the importance of nutrition throughout the life cycle.

14. Discuss the prevalence, prevention and treatment of eating disorders among active


Student Evaluation: Two 100 point lecture examinations.

150 point final lecture exam.

150 points for class assignments.

100 points for quizzes

100 points for lab exercises

Testing format:

The questions for the lecture exams will be taken from the lecture notes, information from the textbook and from any readings that may be specifically assigned. The lecture exam format will consist of multiple choice, true or false, matching and short answer essay questions. Please refer to the tentative lecture schedule for exam dates.

The final grade for the course will be determined by adding all points earned in lecture.

Exams 350 points

Assignments 150 points

Quizzes 100 points

Lab 100 points


Total 700 points


The maximum total that can be earned is 700 points. The total points earned by each student will be converted to a percentage and the final letter grade will be assigned according to the scale given below.

A+ 97-100 A 94-96 A- 90-93

B+ 87-89 B 84-86 B- 80-83

C+ 77-79 C 74-76 C- 70-73

D+ 67-69 D 64-66 D- 60-63

F 59 and below


Student attendance is strongly recommended, since the information discussed in this course will not be limited to the textbook. Absence on the day of an exam will result in a zero for that exam. Students should make arrangements with the instructor, prior to the exam date, if they will not be in class. Only one makeup will be given per semester. To be eliglible for a makeup, a student must have an excused absence from the instructor. No more than one makeup will be given a semester. Student reports must be turned in on the date established. No report will be accepted after that date.

Special Consideration:

Students who qualify for special consideration under the ADA must present the instructor with written notice during the first week of class.

Student athletes must present their schedule to the instructor if their schedule will effect their attendance. No student athlete will be excused from class without verification of their status.


Tentative Schedule:

      1. Introduction to Nutrition
      1. Chapter 1 & 2
      1. Chapter 3 & 4
      1. Quiz 1
      1. Chapter 5
      1. Chapter 6
      1. Exam 1 (Chapters 1-5)
      1. Chapter 7
      1. Chapter 8
      1. Quiz 2
      1. Chapter 9

10-26 99 Chapter 10

      1. Exam 2 (Chapters 6-10)
      1. Chapter 11
      1. Chapter 12, 13
      1. Quiz 3
      1. Chapter 14
      1. No Class Thanksgiving
      1. No Class Thanksgiving
      1. Chapter 15, Quiz 4
      1. Chapter 16

Final Exam as scheduled (Chapters 11-16 + Comprehensive from first two exams)