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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
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 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 on-line 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 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 constantly upgrading, the Online Research Center (ORC). This resource is available for both faculty and students and represents a 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 important for the student to check their messages in the classroom and posted Professor’s notes for each week’s work. Additional readings, internet-work and assignments will be posted on-line 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 the purposes of this course, a “week” is defined as the time period from Monday to Sunday. The first week begins on a Monday 12:01am 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 on–line at a specific time with the professor or other students.


Reading Assignments: You can find that week’s reading assignments in the lesson plan and in this syllabus. You have one book for this class and the interactive learning lab Connect. As well, each week you may have additional online reading assignments from the web. Your knowledge of the reading assignments will be tested through the quizzes. These account for 20% of your grade.

Supplemental Readings: Besides the course textbook, there are a number of required supplemental 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 7 weekly forum topics plus an introductory forum. All require a response. Forums are designed to initiate 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 must be >250 words. You are also required to respond to the posts of 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 40% of your grade.

Assignments: There are 3 assignments plus the Final Project 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. A minimum of one double spaced page (>500 words) per assignment is the baseline, unless otherwise directed.

Quizzes: There are 8 timed quizzes you will complete in this class. They are multiple choice and true/false. These account for 20% of your grade.

Final Project: There is one Final Project. Your project must be at least 5 pages in length (double-spaced, APA formatting) not counting the title page, reference page, listed meal plans, and the pages for the diet analysis report (Saved as a separate PDF attachments). (Your report could be 10 -15 pages in length without the diet analysis report.) Be creative with your presentation! You may use Word or Power Point. However, if you choose Power Point…your document must include correct APA formatting: double space, citations, headings, etc. 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 10% of your final grade.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1: Forum 1 5.00 %
Week 2: Forum 2 5.00 %
Week 3: Forum 3 5.00 %
Week 4: Forum 4 5.00 %
Week 5: Forum 5 5.00 %
Week 6: Forum 6 5.00 %
Week 7: Forum 7 5.00 %
Week 3 Bonus Forum 4.00 %
Week 8: Forum 8 5.00 %
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 10.00 %
Week 8: Assignment 4 - Putting It All Together 10.00 %
Quizzes 20.00 %
Quiz 1 2.50 %
Quiz 2 2.50 %
Quiz 3 2.50 %
Quiz 4 2.50 %
Quiz 5 2.50 %
Quiz 6 2.50 %
Quiz 7 2.50 %
Quiz 8 2.50 %

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. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.