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SPHE295 - Foundations of Nutrition

Course Details

Course Code: SPHE295 Course ID: 4527 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course introduces students to the scientific principles of nutrition pertinent to the function of nutrients in the body and the physiological processes involved in digestion and absorption. Students will attain knowledge of the nutrients that make up the food we eat; the anatomy and physiology of digestion and absorption; the function of the each macro and micro nutrient within the body; the interplay between foods, food substances and disease processes like heart disease, cancer, and obesity; the role of nutrition throughout the life cycle; and, our global food problems.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

At the completion of this course, the student will have satisfied the following learning objectives:

  1. Evaluate your diet using the tools of a healthy diet and basic principles of nutrition
  2. Diagram digestion as food travels through the digestive track from mouth to anus
  3. Analyze the health and nutritional value of carbohydrates, lipids, protein and alcohol
  4. Estimate the impact of each energy nutrient on the energy metabolism pathways
  5. Compare and contrast: 1) fat and water soluble vitamins, and 2) major and trace minerals
  6. Construct a timeline demonstrating the importance of the macro- and micro-nutrients throughout the lifespan from conception to death

The nature of an online course requires a significant amount of independent work. The student will be provided with structure, resources, guidance, and instructor experience for learning the course material. The student, however, is responsible for managing time, completing assignments on time, completing the readings, and making inquiries as needed to complete the course effectively. This class is an 8-week course, which means the material must be learned in a short period of time. This requires dedication and diligence on the part of the student.

To help you in your scholarly efforts, the University also maintains and is continually upgrading its online library. This resource is available for both faculty and students and represents state of the art and very comprehensive knowledge base. Please make sure you take advantage of this valuable tool; it is a great place to start any research effort and is available from within the electronic campus.

It is essential for the student to check their messages in the classroom and posted Professor's summary for each week's work. Additional readings, internet-work, and assignments will be posted online at the beginning of each week of the course. Assignment due dates will be posted with assignment directions. All assignments will have due dates of one week. The student is expected to complete all work on time. As adults, students, and working professionals, I understand you must manage competing demands on your time. Should you need additional time to complete an assignment, please contact me before the due date so we can discuss the situation and determine an acceptable resolution. Routine submission of late assignments is unacceptable and may result in points deducted from your final course grade.

For this course, a "week" is defined as the period from Monday to Sunday. The first week begins on a Monday, 12:01 am EST. Note: The last day of this course will end on a Sunday, 11:59 pm EST. Again, the start and stop time are for Eastern Standard Time.

Please use the message center to contact me. I will check my messages daily and, in most instances, will respond within 24 hours. There may be times it may take me as long as 48 hours.

Due to the busy schedules of the students, all forum work is asynchronous, meaning you are not required to be online at a specific time with the Professor or other students.


Required & Supplemental Readings: Besides the course textbook, there are some required additional readings. These are listed in that week's lesson plan. You are expected to know this material, and it will be covered in the quizzes.

Forum Assignments: There are four two week forums. All require a response. Forums are designed to initiate a dialog between students. Feel free to debate, praise, and share thoughts about the topic with fellow classmates. In order to respond to a forum topic, post your response in the forum section of the classroom. The initial forum post in the introduction post must be >250 words. You are also required to respond to the posts of at least two classmates for each Forum. These follow-up posts must be >100 words in length. Both the initial post and 2 follow-up posts will be graded. Each Forum has a grading rubric that you can find in the resources section of the classroom. You will be graded based on the provided rubric. These account for 25% of your grade.

Assignments: There are three assignments that must be completed and uploaded in the Assignment area of the classroom. The grading rubric is provided in the assignment's description. You will be graded based on that rubric. The three assignments are 30% of your grade.

Quizzes: There are eight timed quizzes you will complete in this class. They are multiple-choice and true/false. These account for 25% of your grade.

Final Project: There is one Final Project. Be sure to include all the information. All sources must be cited in the text and in a reference page. Only college-level work is acceptable. The Final Project is worth 20% of your final grade.

Your final grade is based on the percentage value of each activity. Points are used to assess that percentage only. Forums = 25%, Assignments = 30%, Quizzes = 25%, and Final Project = 20% for 100% total.

NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
Forum Week 1 & 2: Introduction and Getting Started 6.25 %
Forum Week 3 & 4: Digestion and Macronutrients 6.25 %
Forum Week 5 & 6: Energy Metabolism and Micronutrients 6.25 %
Forum Week 7 & 8: Nutrition Through the Life Cycle, Alcohol, and Sports Nutrition 6.25 %
Quizzes 25.00 %
Quiz 8 3.13 %
Quiz 7 3.13 %
Quiz 6 3.13 %
Quiz 5 3.13 %
Quiz 4 3.13 %
Quiz 3 3.13 %
Quiz 2 3.13 %
Quiz 1 3.13 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Week 2: Assignment 1 - My Diet Analysis 10.00 %
Week 4: Assignment 2 - Macronutrient Intake 10.00 %
Week 6: Assignment 3 - Energy, Micro-Nutrient and Water 10.00 %
Final Assignment 20.00 %
Week 8: Assignment 4 - Putting It All Together 20.00 %

Additional Resources:

In the Resource folder there are additional course articles. The lesson may contain additional resources.

Web Sites:

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note: web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

Purdue University Online Writing Lab

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.