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, Natural Sciences.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Whitney. Understand Nutrition Study Guide, 12th ed., Wadsworth, 2011. ISBN: 9780538737319
  • Whitney and Rolfes. Understanding Nutrition - for online classes only (summer term only 20143) - new book in fall 20151, 13th ed., Cengage, 2012. ISBN: 9781133587521
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: None
Program Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes

GLO 1 - Critical Thinking: The student evaluates the validity of 
ideas, developing informed opinions or defensible conclusions.

GLO 3 - Scientific and Mathematical Literacy: The student properly 
identifies and applies scientific or mathematical principles and 

GLO 4 - Information Literacy: The student effectively locates, 
evaluates, and applies information from a variety of sources.
Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon Completion of HUN1201, the student will be able to:

1. Identify the nutrients, their chemical structures, their
functions in the body, and their food sources.

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

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

4. 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.

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

6. Use nutrient databases to plan diets to comply with dietary 

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

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

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

10.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 policies 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.

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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.

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