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Course Description

Fish, Eggs, Oil, Avocado, Seeds, and Nuts laid out on a green wooden tabletop

This is the foundation course for the study of nutrition. The occurrence, uptake and metabolic role of nutrients will be discussed in relation to growth, reproduction and longevity in human subjects, domestic animals and other species.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and describe the compounds and elements of nutritional importance, primarily to human beings, as related to digestion, absorption, metabolism, and physiological processes;
  2. Discuss relevant nutritional methodologies, including proximate analysis, digestibility, determination of protein quality and nitrogen balance, basal metabolic rate and calorimetry;
  3. Apply the scientific method to the critical evaluation and management of nutritional information from a variety of sources;
  4. Formulate critical solutions to nutrition-related problems that are accurate, clear, and audience-appropriate; and
  5. Improve scientific literacy through the exploration nutrition-related case studies.

Course Topics

  • Food/Feed Composition Analysis & Digestive Systems
  • Energy
  • Intermediary Metabolism
  • Carbohydrate Digestion, Metabolism, and Impact on Health
  • Lipid Classification, Digestion, Metabolism, and Impact on Health
  • Protein Classification, Digestion, Metabolism, and Impact on Health
  • Metabolic Integration
  • Micronutrients

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): BIOC*2580


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Quizzes 10% (2 x 5% each) 1, 2, 3, 4
Discussion Assignment 5% 1-5
Group Case Study 10% 3, 4, 5
Online Midterm Exam 25% 1, 2, 3, 4
Online Final Exam 50% 1, 2, 3, 4
Total 100%  



Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
  1. Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM.
  1. For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer.
  1. Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used.
  1. Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.)
  1. A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection.

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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Section Title
Fundamentals of Nutrition
September 10, 2020 to December 04, 2020
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,748.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

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Section Materials
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) No required textbook for the course.
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