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Course Introduction / Syllabus
Welcome to Nutrition for Today!
Your Instructor for this Course: Nicole Flateboe, email@example.com
We are all mindful of food at some level. We buy and consume it daily; it gives us energy; we are told that much of it is good for us; it can entertain and delight us. Despite the key role food plays in our lives, few people know how food behaves in our body—how it affects our longevity, productivity, and quality of life. Without an understanding of nutritional science, it is difficult to interpret the evolving nutritional claims and recommendations made by a wide range of sources every day (the media, food producers, untrained people claiming to be experts, and others). Ideally, we would all make informed and realistic food choices: ones we can live with and that will help us live.
This course is designed to help you develop a foundation in human nutrition and to apply these principles to your daily life. As you read through the textbook and review the lecture presentations/slides, you are encouraged to explore your own interests in nutrition. Some of the topics will relate to you directly and personally; others may remind you of family members or acquaintances. If you pursue further study or work in the health professions, this course will provide you with a background on which to build.
Read on to find out more about what you can expect to learn in this course, the resources at your disposal, and the work you will do along the way.
After successfully completing this course you will be able to
Nutrition for Today (NUTR 300) is a Web-based distance learning course. Because you are not required to attend in-person lectures every week, this online class assigns more homework than the traditional face-to-face version of NUTR 300. Online courses take more self-discipline—especially when there are 20 lessons, each with its own assignment. If you decided to take Nutrition for Today online because you want less responsibility, then this is NOT the class for you. If you decided to take this online course because you want to learn a lot about nutrition and how it applies to your daily life, then this IS the class for you! (Like anything in life, the more effort you put into something, the more you get out of it.)
This handbook answers questions about your online learning course, such as how to purchase your textbook, obtain a transcript, withdraw from a class, and get technical help if you need it. The handbook also provides additional resources, such as how to order books or journals from the library and how to study for an online course.
Communicating with Your Instructor and Student Peers
You can e-mail questions and comments to your instructor or you can post questions on the General Discussion Forum. Posting on the General Discussion Forum is preferred because odds are, if you have a question for the instructor, someone else in the class may have the same question (or they may even have an answer). Online forums also allow you to communicate with other currently enrolled students. You are encouraged you to use the General Discussion Forum to exchange ideas, share resources or engage in conversations about topical issues. Your instructor will monitor the Forum and may also use it to post notices and supplemental material. It is a good idea to check postings regularly to be sure you are kept informed.
Important announcements from your instructor will be posted on the Latest News and Important Announcements forum. Since all students are automatically subscribed to this forum, you will also be receiving those messages via e-mail. You are responsible for any instructions posted under Latest News and Important Announcements and for keeping your e-mail address updated in Moodle.
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UW Library Services
As an online student, you have access to a wealth of Web resources compiled by the University of Washington to provide fast, easy access to information that supports your online learning experience. Organized by subjects, UW Library Services links you to sites with help for writing and research, study skills, language learning, and electronic library reference materials. All links have been assessed for credibility and reliability, and they are regularly monitored to ensure their usability.
The textbook for this course is: The Science of Nutrition, 2nd ed. by Janice L. Thompson, Melinda M. Manore, and Linda A. Vaughan (San Francisco, CA: Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2011). ISBN: 032164316x
Available at the UW Bookstore or online at http://www.mypearsonstore.com/bookstore/product.asp?isbn=032164316X. An E-textbook can also be purchased but please note that it may not be available in some countries outside the U.S. (like Russia, for example).
The textbook is used as a supplement to the lecture presentations and also serves as a comprehensive reference for basic nutrition science concepts. In addition, some of the videos and animations on the textbook companion site are suggested viewing for the course (see below).
Diet Analysis Software (required)
This software is required to complete your project. You should purchase the MyDietAnalysis Student Access Code Card bundled with the textbook. It is available as a package (Package ISBN-13: 9780321816344)from the Pearson (textbook publisher) web site. Be sure to purchase the online access code and NOT the CD-Rom. If you purchased the textbook elsewhere, you can buy the access to the MyDietAnalysis web site separately for $15.00.
Textbook Web Site
The publisher of your textbook (Pearson) has a Textbook Companion Website with supplementary resources such as instructional animations, videos, Web links, practice quizzes and flash cards. An access code--which is found on the inside cover of the textbook--is required to view these resources. (Note that it is different from the MyDietAnalysis registration code.) Links to suggested animations and videos are provided under each Lesson.
There are 20 lessons in this course. The lessons should be completed in the order they are presented. Each lesson contains:
Each lesson will have an assignment that goes with it. It will either be a case study, a critical thinking assignment or a "Know your numbers" assignment which involves some basic math (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
The instructions for each assignment, along with their due dates, are detailed on the corresponding Web pages. Each assignment is worth 10 points each. Unless otherwise noted, you are expected to work independently on these assignments. However, you may ask/answer questions of your fellow classmates in the corresponding discussion forum for each assignment. Since you are asked to translate nutrition concepts "in your own words," no two assignments should be alike. Please review the UW Academic Honesty Policy. Detailed grading criteria are described in the Assignment Grading Rubric.
Lesson assignments are due every Monday by the end of the day, which means 11:55 PM (Pacific Time). If there is an official UW holiday on Monday, then assignments are due on Tuesday. Due to the intensive nature of this course, there are usually two assignments due every week. Late assignments will not be accepted. If you know you have a busy week (or two or three) coming up with work, other classes, travel, etc., you are welcome to submit your assignments early. If you have some unforeseen circumstances that prevent you from submitting an assignment before the due date, you are still welcome to complete it for the learning experience and feedback. However, the grade will remain a zero.
The two lesson assignments with the lowest grades will be dropped (not counted toward your grade). So, if you have to miss an assignment, the missed assignment (with a grade of zero) will be one of the two assignment grades that will be dropped.
Diet Analysis Project
The major project of the course is a record and assessment of your own diet. It is a three-part project that spans the duration of the course. A description of the project, including information on how to submit completed assignments, is provided under the Diet Analysis Project Overview on the main course Web page.
Food, Inc. Film Discussion
For this assignment, you will need to watch the documentary "Food, Inc." and then post insightful comments on four (out of nine) discussion topics presented in the film. This assignment is worth a total of 20 points. Assignment details are found under the Food, Inc. Discussion questions on the main course Web page. You can complete this assignment at any time during the quarter but it must completed no later than the posted due date.
During the last few weeks of the course, extra credit can be earned by participating in any (or all) of three optional discussion forms. Up to 15 additional points can be added to your final grade (up to 5 points for each forum) by posting insightful responses (supported by examples and/or references) to the discussion questions.
Please note that while any student can post to the discussion forums, extra credit points are only awarded to students who have completed ALL coursework (diet analysis project, Food, Inc. Discussion and at least 18 lesson assignments).
Grades for each assignment, project section and discussion will be posted in the Moodle grade book throughout the quarter. Points for this course are tallied as shown in the Table 1 below:
Table 1 — Points for This Course
Your grade will be calculated based on the percentage of possible points you earned for this class. (Total points earned divided by 320 possible points). This percentage will be converted to a numerical grade according to the conversions shown in Table 2, below. Any extra-credit points earned will be added to your total points earned. This course is not graded on a curve.
Table 2 — Points-Grade Conversion
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This course (similar to an in-person lecture course) is paced at two lessons/topics per week. A printable Course Schedule is available on the NUTR300 home page. Each lesson (including viewing the multimedia presentations, reading the textbook, and completing the assignment) is designed to take an average of approximately 3-4 hours. You should also plan to devote 1-2 hours per week for the Diet Analysis project. This is equivalent to the on-campus version of this course, which involves three hours of in-class time plus an estimated six hours of study time per week. Your actual study needs will depend on several factors, including your science background and your learning style. Remember, you can submit assignments as early as you want but late assignments are not accepted!
If you find yourself falling behind and missing many assignments, you may want to reconsider your enrollment in the course. Refer to the Online Student Handbook regarding Incompletes and Withdrawals and note that extensions cannot be granted to any student.
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