Elements of Nutrition

Course Code: HUN1201

Credit Hours: 3

Effective beginning: 2021-22


Course Description:
A basic course which discusses the social and natural environmental factors which influence personal nutrition. Major topics included are: digestion, absorption and metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and protein; the known functions of the major vitamins and minerals; the nutritional needs throughout the life cycle.

Course Details




Required textbooks/ course materials:

Understanding Nutrition with MINDTAP, 16th Edition, Whitney & Rolfe, Cengage

ISBN 9780357447550     OR    Access code with e-book – ISBN 9780357525289


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Area 2 - Natural Science: Explore the Nature of Science

The purpose of the study of the natural sciences component in the core curriculum is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to understand the bases for building and testing scientific theories.

NS-1 Recognize appropriate scientific terminology

NS-2 Apply scientific principles or concepts

NS-3 Solve real-world problems using scientific knowledge


Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Define terminology associated with the science of nutrition

Demonstrate an understanding of digestion, absorption, metabolism and requirements of nutrients in the human body

Identify the positive and negative lifestyle choices that affect nutritional status

Describe major health problems associated with the current eating patterns in the United States

Calculate calories, protein needs, Body Mass Index, and energy burned in various physical activities

Apply knowledge of a balanced diet to self-critique and improve healthy nutritional choices

Describe the government policy with nutrition issues, dietary guidelines, education,  and  food safety




NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3


Objective Tests, Homework, Cumulative Final, Projects


Instruction in the classroom is based on the textbook and supplemented with current literature in the field of nutrition. Students are expected to participate in classroom discussions and complete homework assignments. Materials for the course, study guides, sample test questions and power point presentations of class lectures are available on Canvas website. Students are encouraged to read chapters prior to class lecture. Adjunct instructor is available through phone conversations, e-mail, before and after class periods, or will meet with students by appointment.

College-wide policies and resources

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