Course Outline

Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School Family Studies Department
Grade 12 – Nutrition and Health
Course Description
In this course, students will develop their social science research skills by investigating the relationships
between food, energy balance, health and wellness for individuals at different stages of life. Students will
evaluate nutrition-related trends and will investigate how food choices can promote food security and
environmental responsibility. Students will analyze their personal nutrition and health, learn to prepare a
variety of nutritious meals and snacks and create a food product to meet specific nutritional needs. In
addition, students will conduct action research on a food-related topic of their choosing.
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Ministry Document:
Nutrition and Health
The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 to 12: Social Sciences and Humanities, 2013, Revised
Food Preparation, McGraw Hill, 2013
Nutrition and Healthy Eating, McGraw Hill, 2013
Food in Society, McGraw Hill, 2013
Course Components
Strand Description - Weight (70%)
Kitchen Fundamentals (10%)
Nutrition Essentials for Health and Well-being (20%)
Nutrition Throughout the Lifecycle (10%)
Local and Global Food Issues (10%)
Social Science Research (20%)
Practical Exam (10%)
In-class Exam (20%)
Essential Course Components
To be successful in this course you will be able to demonstrate the following skills.
 Use safe food and kitchen practices to plan and prepare food products that are attractive, nutritious, and
 Formulate research questions to guide inquiry into topics related to nutrition and health.
 Using social science research methods, create a research plan, locate and select reliable information,
synthesize information and clearly and effectively communicate research results.
 Demonstrate an understanding of essential nutrients, their connection to physical health, and food sources for
these nutrients.
 Understand and apply Canada’s Food Guide to improve personal diet choices.
 Explain the role of digestion and metabolism in maintaining energy balance.
 Explain the factors that influence food choices throughout the lifecycle.
 Describe the relationship between nutrition, health, and disease.
 Understand current trends and issues related to food production and supply.
 Illustrate the factors involved in achieving and maintaining food security locally and globally.
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Teacher Contact Information
Teacher: Mrs. C. Gingerich
School Phone: 519-880-9979
Class Website:
Room: 1701 (Room 1118 on cooking days)
Key values of Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School and the WRDSB include respect, responsibility,
honesty, and trustworthiness. Our expectations for student behaviour and academic conduct come from
these core values. In accordance with Waterloo Region District School Board guidelines outlined in
the Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting Handbook, the following policies are in effect at SJAM:
a) Late and Missed Assignments
Completing tasks on time has been shown to be a key part of school success. It is the expectation that
students will submit all required work by the assigned deadlines.
 If work is not submitted on time, next steps will involve student-teacher conferences,
parent/guardian contact and may include student referral to in-school supports.
 The teacher will determine a date after which he/she will no longer accept an assignment for
marks. In the absence of these student products, teachers will use professional judgement to
determine a grade based on evidence of learning available/seen to that point.
 If one or more assignments are not completed, students risk losing the credit for the course.
 The Learning Skills section of the student’s Provincial Report Card will be used to reflect
incidents of late and missed assignments.
b) Cheating and Plagiarism
It is the expectation that students will submit their own, original work for the purpose of demonstrating
their learning. Note that plagiarism includes both sharing original work and using work that is not one’s
own. In the event that cheating or plagiarism occurs, the following consequences may be implemented, in
consultation with administration, depending on the situation:
 The student who plagiarizes will be required to complete the SJAM Academic Honesty
Remediation Tutorial.
 The student may be required to redo all or part of the assignment or assessment.
 The student may be required to complete an alternate assignment or assessment.
 Consequences may include a loss of access to academic awards and scholarship
 Plagiarism will be reflected in the Learning Skills section of the student’s Provincial Report
 Potential disciplinary actions may also include suspension.
c) Waterloo Region District School Board Policy for Provincial Report Card marks below 50%
 The only marks that can be reported for a student achieving below Level 1 are in the range of
35 - 45%
 If a student has demonstrated NO evidence, a mark of 0 will be assigned
 In these cases, no credit will be granted
Please print your name and sign below indicating you have read and understand the requirements for
successful completion of this course.
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