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Course Description

Three generations of women in a kitchen cooking together

This course explores how individual, family, community and societal factors influence nutritional needs and dietary intake from infancy through older adulthood. Implications for nutrition care and community-level programs are discussed.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe nutritional needs at different points in the life cycle.
  • Identify the individual, interpersonal, and environmental factors that influence food intake, eating patterns and nutritional status during these life stages.
  • Describe community nutrition programs in Canada used to overcome barriers and improve food intake in various life-stage groups.
  • Identify strategies and programs to support healthful dietary intake at various life stages.
  • Gain experience in recording and analyzing growth and usual dietary intake.
  • Search for and summarize quality research evidence.

Course Topics

  • Adults
  • Preconception
  • Pregnancy
  • Lactation
  • Infancy
  • Toddler/Preschool
  • School Age
  • Adolescent
  • Older Adult

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): NUTR*1010


Assessment Item Weight
Quiz 1 10%
Quiz 2 10%
Quiz 3 10%
Quiz 4 10%
Discussion Assignment 25%
Diet Analysis 35%
Total 100%


Additional Technical Requirements

This course uses Zoom as a video communication tool. A Webcam, a microphone to record video, and headphones/speakers to play back the recording are also needed. In order to use Zoom, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  2. Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  3. A webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in

Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.


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