Introduction to Nutrition


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Nutrition
    B. Course Number: HE 113 - 10749
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Webb, Kim
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course provides an introduction to the principles of basic nutrition and the relationship of nutrition to health. This is a three credit hour course.


    An introduction to the principles of basic nutrition and the relationship of nutrition to health. This course has no guarantee of transferability to another college or university. The student should check with the institution to which they wish to transfer.



    Williams' Basic Nutrition & Diet Therapy
    Staci Nix
    15th Edition (2017)

    ISBN: 978-0-323-37731-7



    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    In this document, I will explain how this course will be graded.
    Here’s how it breaks down:
    Homework: 240 possible points – 8 Assignments @ 30 points each
    Discussions: 160 possible points – 8 Assignments @ 20 points each
    This includes the orientation discussion
    Module Exams: 400 possible points – 4 Module Exams
    Orientation Material and Quiz – 100 points
    Project – 100 points
    Final Exam - 100
    Total points available: 1100
    Here is how those point values will be applied to a letter grade:

    A = 984 - 1100 points
    B = 874 - 983 points
    C = 764 - 873 points
    D = 654 - 763 points
    F = 653 points and below

    Late work: Each assignment should be completed on or before the due date. If you have an emergency arise, please contact me at that time. Late work is at the discretion of the instructor and may require documentation of illness, death, ect. Assignments must be turned in on time.

    Reading Assignments: You will have weekly reading assignments from the textbook. (See Course Outline)

    Class Discussion: Please make your initial discussion posting answering the topic given by the instructor and 2 replies by the end of the day on Saturday. Post need to be completed on 3 different days.

    Homework Assignment: All assignments are due on the Saturday of the week that they are assigned.

    Module Exams: All Module exams will be completed online within the course shell. All Module exams are multiple choice and are timed. One module exam except for the final can be made up. The makeup module exam will be open for one week after the due date and have a 20 point penalty for late testing.

    Grades should be posted within a week of the due dates for discussions, homework, project, and module exams.

    E-mail should be answered within 24 hours in most cases. If you have an emergency, please call.
    This class operates on Mountain Standard Time (MST) and all due dates and times are based on Mountain Standard Time. It is the student's responsibility for adjusting due dates and times to their time zone.

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    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    • Identify nutrients, their functions, and their sources.
    • Apply the nutrient's functions in the body to the physiological processes that occur as a result of adequate or inadequate intake of the nutrient.
    • Apply nutrient principles in the selection of adequate diet.
    • Discuss alternatives to the current practices of food use in this country.
    • Discuss nutrition principles in relation to changes that occur within the organism as it moves through its lifespan.
    • Identify and interpret physiological and metabolic responses to changes in the diet, under normal conditions or conditions of nutrient deficiency.
    • Apply diet modifications related to specific disease conditions.


    Upon completion of this course a student should be able to:

    • Summarize the Dietary Guidelines and their purpose
    • Outline the physiological function of the 6 nutrient classifications of foods
    • Identify the digestive enzymes and describe what activities they perform on carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
    • Compare and contrast the major carbohydrates, fats & proteins in food including their functions and digestion
    • Classify foods according to their nutritional content
    • Calculate energy need according to the client's weight and activities
    • Explain the three basic principles of water balance in the body
    • Recognize the changes in nutritional needs during pregnancy and the effect that nutrition has on the mother and baby during and following pregnancy
    • Compare the changes in the growth and development of toddles, preschoolers and school aged children and what factors influence their nutritional needs and eating habits.
    • Identify and describe three major factors that contribute to malnutrition in older adults
    • Analyze and defend a common diet for weight loss and summarize their strengths and weakness related to their nutritional status of the individual and their weigh control problem
    • Outline the physical fitness principles for an athlete including a diet plan that would meet their nutrient and energy needs.
    • Discuss culture's influence on nutrition and how to manage diet therapy for various ethnic and religious groups
    • Generate a menu for a designated culture to include all food groups
    • Breakdown a diet into its basic components including calories, carb, fats, proteins and vitamins
    • Perform a nutritional assessment and modify a menu to compensate for a disease process
    • Discuss different disease processes in relationship to nutritional considerations
    • Recognize the nutritional risks and identify appropriate diets for GI diseases, Cardiac, renal, and Insulin Dependent Diabetic Mellitus patients.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


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    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Module 1

    Module 1

    Week 1
    Orientation module
    Reading Assignment: Chapters 1 & 2

    Assignment: Homework 1 and Discussion 1 Initial Posting & 2 Replies

    Week 2

    Reading Assignment: Chapters 3, 4 & 5

    Assignment: Homework 2 and Discussion 2 Initial Posting & 2 Replies

    Module 1 Exam(end of week 2)

    Module 2

    Week 3

    Reading Assignment: Chapters 6, 7 & 8

    Assignment: Homework 3 and Discussion 3 Initial Posting & 2 Replies

    Week 4

    Reading Assignment: Chapters 9, 10 & 11

    Assignment: Homework 4 and Discussion 4 Initial Posting & 2 Replies

    Module 2 Exam(end of Week 4)

    Module 3

    Week 5

    Reading Assignment: Chapters 12, 13 & 14

    Assignment: Homework 5 and Discussion 5 Initial Posting & 2 Replies

    Week 6

    Reading Assignment: Chapters 15 & 16

    Assignment: Homework 6 and Discussion 6 Initial Posting & 2 Replies

    Module 3 Exam(End of week 6)


    Module 4

    Week 7

    Reading Assignment: Chapters 17, 18 & 19

    Assignment: Homework 7 and Discussion 7 Initial Posting & 2 Replies

    Week 8

    Reading Assignment: Chapters 20 & 21

    Assignment: Homework 8 and Discussion 8 Initial Posting & 2 Replies

    Module 4 exam

    Final Exam