District Syllabus
Elements Of Nutrition

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description: A biochemical and physiological approach to the study of nutrition which includes ingestion, digestion, absorption, metabolic pathways, nutrient data bases of foods, and the factors influencing the selection of foods and good nutritional status. Meets A.A. general education requirement IV.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Whitney and Rolfes. Understanding Nutrition - for online classes only (summer term), 13th ed., Cengage, 2012. ISBN: 9781133587521
Supplemental Materials: Books:
  • Whitney. Understand Nutrition Study Guide, 12th ed., Wadsworth, 2011. ISBN: 9780538737319
Special Requirements: None
Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of HUN1201 the student will:
   *evaluate the validity of their own and others ideas through
    questioning, analyzing, and synthesizing results into the        
    learning process.
GLO 1 - Critical Thinking: The student will demonstrate the ability 
to analyze complex or controversial issues, form solutions to 
problems abased on sound information, and transfer academic 
knowledge to everyday living skills.
   *apply an understanding of natural, mathematical or behavioral 
    principles and a scientifically valid approach to solve abstract
    and relevant problems, using appropriate technology with 
    inclusion of appropriate scientific and mathematical language.
GLO 3 - Scientific and Mathematical Literacy: Using accurate 
computations and reliable data, the student will analyze personal
nutritional data and reach valid conclusions regarding intake, and 
plan diets that comply with dietary recommendations.
   *demonstrates habits and conduct that will contribute to their 
GLO 7 - Personal Management: The student will be consistently 
prepared and will participate fully in classroom activities and
Course Learning Outcomes:
Identify the nutrients, their chemical structures, their
functions in the body, and their food sources.

Describe the digestion, absorption and metabolism of
carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and alcohols as well as the
involvement of vitamins, minerals and water in these

Identify the consequences of overnutrition and undernutrition
and the specific nutrients involved.

Discuss the specific uses of various food guides including the
RDA’s, My Plates, U.S. Dietary Guidelines and the
Exchange Lists for Meal Planning.

Use nutrient databases analyze food intake for calories and
nutrients and compare to established recommendations for

Use nutrient databases to plan diets to comply with dietary 

Describe scientific criteria used for nutrition research and utilize 
this to distinguish food and nutrition fads and fallacies from fact.

Discuss the problem of obesity in the US and realistic guidelines
for the achievement and maintenance of desirable weight.

Describe food safety guidelines for purchasing, preparing, serving,
and storing foods.

Discuss environmental concerns in the production, processing, and
packaging of foods and list "environmentally friendly" food related

Methods of Evaluation: Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the instructor, within the polices of the college and the department. Detailed explanation is included in the expanded syllabus developed by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
Student Email Accounts Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.