NUTR& 101
General Nutrition
Instructor: Jill Emigh
Email Address: [email protected]
Phone: (509) 527-4558
Course Description
(taken from the WWCC catalog)
The study of food and nutrients and the application of this knowledge in relation to normal health throughout
the life cycle, including social-economic, cultural, ethnic, and psychological implications of food.
Required Materials
Understanding Nutrition by Whitney and Rolfes, 12th ed. Wadsworth/Thomson Learning
Diet Analysis Plus 10.0 Online version (comes packaged with a new text or can be purchased separately or
Note: If you purchased a used copy of the text, please make sure you have online access to Diet Analysis
Course materials can be purchased at the WWCC Bookstore in Walla Walla or Clarkston, or online through the
publisher. Contact me for online ordering information. If you order online, be sure to order the instant access,
not the card with the access code.
Course Summary
Nutr& 101 (formerly Nutr 165) is a course designed to meet the needs of students pursuing a transfer degree
or degrees in health sciences develop understanding of the importance of the science of nutrition and dietary
recommendations to maintenance of a healthy life. Students will learn the principles of nutrition as they apply
to macro-nutrients and metabolic pathways. Application of vitamins, minerals, and special nutritional
requirements at different stages of the life cycle, as well as current issues in nutrition will be considered.
The Internet will be used extensively throughout this course to examine specific nutrition topics, using the
scientific resources found there to supplement our studies. We will take a critical look at what constitutes
reliable nutrition information, and how to assess a web site for its accuracy and reliability.
Additional topics covered include: the relationship between diet and various chronic diseases, energy balance,
over- and under-weight, and the changing nutritional needs throughout life from infancy to aging. We will also
be discussing some of the current "hot" topics in the field.
Learning Outcomes
By the end this course, students will be able to:
Identify the six types of essential nutrients found in food and describe the function of each in the body.
Understand and explain the usefulness of the Daily Food Guide, MyPyramid and the Dietary Reference
Intakes (DRI), describing the differences as well as the advantages and limitations of each.
Discuss the principles involved in choosing appropriate foods for health, such as balance, variety,
moderation and nutrient density.
Discuss the digestion, absorption, metabolism and chemical structure of the dietary carbohydrates,
proteins and fats/lipids. Identify good food sources of each.
Describe the roles of vitamins and minerals in the body. For each of the major water- and fat-soluble
vitamins and the major and trace minerals, list the bodily functions, several good food sources, and
deficiency and toxicity symptoms for selected nutrients.
Analyze food intake records for nutritional adequacy using the tools listed in above. Discuss how specific
changes to these records can result in diets of improved content and quality.
List ten sources of scientifically accurate nutrition information found on the Internet. Be able to
differentiate between accurate, reliable and inaccurate, unreliable nutrition information.
Understand and discuss the relationship between healthy food choices, weight loss and physical activity.
Be able to design an effective weight control program.
Explain how nutritional requirements change at different stages of life including pregnancy, lactation,
infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
Discuss the relationship between diet and various chronic diseases, including the role of functional
Course Format
This is an online course taught through WAOL using the angel platform. In keeping with the ‘anywhere,
anytime’ philosophy of distance learning, all requirements of the course will be completed online within the
flexibility of each individual’s schedule. This course is not self-paced. It is organized into ten Weekly Lessons,
and students will be responsible for completing all activities for the week by the due date assigned during that
week. Each week is organized in a similar fashion, and includes the following:
Learning Outcomes: Read through this list of goals for the week atleast twice, once at the beginning of the
lesson and once again at the end of it. This should help focus your studying, and serve as a way to check
that you have gained mastery over the most important material.
Reading Assignment: Your first resource for reliable information is our textbook. It is critical that you read
the assigned pages.
Lecture: There will be PowerPoint presentations with audio files imbedded that are based on the required
reading in the text and some supplementary information. These are best viewed using the slide
presentation feature in PowerPoint
Diet Analysis Plus (DAP) Assignment: One assignment per week will be given for the first seven weeks of
the course. Week eight will complete our use of the DAP program
Web and/or Media Investigations: Web sites and/or journal articles containing current nutrition
information will be investigated. Emphasis willbe placed on determining validity and reliability of the
resource, as well as the quality of the information presented.
Study Guide Questions/Short Answer: Lists of study questions based on the reading assignments and
lectures will be provided for you to answer. These are not handed in and are not graded. They are
provided to focus your study.
Discussion Activity: Each lesson requires participation electronically in our classroom Discussion Forum.
You will be asked to post your opinion, insights or answers to questions each week, as well as to respond
to other students’ postings. The goal of this activity is to simulate classroom discussion.
It is imperative that you plan your study time for the week well, and pace yourself listening to the lectures and
studying the text. If you wait until the end of the week to do it all, you will fall behind very quickly.
NOTE: I will grade each of your assignment within 72 hours of the due date. Assignments posted late may
take longer.
Participation Policy
One of the most difficult aspects of distance learning is managing your time and disciplining yourself to keep
up with lectures, readings and assignments without the benefit of daily contact with the instructor and other
students. You should expect to spend at least fifteen hours per week studying the material and
completing the weekly assignments.
I recommend logging in to the classroom at least five days out of seven, and checking your email daily for any
communication either from myself or other students. Please make use of the Discussion Forum to post any
questions you have which are related to the course content. I encourage students to help each other out with
answering these, but I will also be involved and answer questions regularly. I check the classroom activity
frequently, usually 3 times daily, the same for my email. You have the right to expect a timely response from
me concerning issues you have in the course.
One of the big problems students experience in an online classroom is procrastination with studying and
completing assignments, which can really create a problem if you experience trouble with your computer or
need help understanding the material at the last minute.
I will do my best to provide a variety of learning experiences in the classroom, however I cannot
anticipate the needs and questions of each and every student, so you will need to take a proactive approach and ask when you do not understand something or when you need assistance.
After you post an assignment is too late...ask for clarification before the due date!
Technical Support
If you are having difficulty with any technical issues, again, I will do my best to assist you—I am committed to
each student having a successful learning experience. (Remember that I am not online 24/7, though, and I
often take Sundays off.) WAOL has assistance available, and the help desk at Presidium is open 24/7 by calling
1-866-425-8412 (toll free) or accessing They will respond to your technical
questions or problems in a timely manner.
3 exams will be given during the quarter, each covering approximately 2 - 3 week's worth of material (50
questions each worth two points). There will also be a 100 question final exam. Half will cover the last weeks
and the other half is cumulative. The exams will be open and available for you to take from Thursday at 12:01
am through Monday at midnight as your schedule permits. There will be a time limit for each exam. The final
will be available for three days only at the end of the quarter. Once you open the exam you must complete it.
You will not be able to open it again.
You must use a high speed Internet connection for any exam you take in this course. Do not use a
wireless connection because if it fails, you will be unable to reenter the exam.
All exams (including the final) may consist of essay, short answer, multiple choice, matching and/or true or
false questions. More details on these will be given as we get closer to the actual testing dates.
Please note that I reserve the right to change this syllabus as we move through the course, depending on
circumstances that arise. I will notify you on the Announcements page if this occurs.
Introductory Assignment
10 Discussion Board Assignments @ 20 pts
7 DAP Assignments @15 pts each
Attempt at Perfection
3 exams @ 100 pts each
= 15 pts
= 200 pts
= 105 pts
= 200 pts
= 300 pts
= 200 pts
1020 pts

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