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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
On Campus Final Exam 50% 1, 2, 3, 4
Total 100%  


*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Fundamentals of Nutrition
January 06, 2020 to April 03, 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) $2,504.99 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

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