Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

NURS 312: Principles Of Human Nutrition

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  Course Description

This course emphasizes the basic principles of human nutrition related to nutrients and food sources and how they are utilized in the human body for growth and health throughout the lifespan. This course includes the study of assessment data, nutritional support, food and drug interactions, herbal remedies, weight management and nutritional interventions for various disease processes. This course also assesses contemporary nutrition issues. 

Prerequisite: CHEM 109 or CHEM 110 and CHEM 112, BIOL 110 and BIOL 110L, and MATH 150 (BSN) or Admission to the RN to BSN Program

Proctored Exams: None


As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.


  •  Schlenker, E. D. and Roth, S. L.. (2015). William's Essentials of Nutrition and Diet Therapy (11th). St. Louis, MO: Mosby.  eText

Bookstore Information

Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address. Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns: Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy. Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Note: Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.

  Course Overview

This course is a fast-paced eight week online session that covers nutrition basics including healthy diets, evaluation of nutrients, specialized diets and considerations for specific patient populations. Exams, discussion threads and case studies will be the learning modalities utilized to prepare the learner to assess and evaluate basic nutritional needs for patients of all ages. 

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

  Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the components of a healthy diet, and critically evaluate the quality of various diets and diet therapies.
  2. Identify the major functions and food sources of macronutrients and micronutrients.
  3. Explain the role of diet in maintaining health and preventing disease.
  4. Summarize the nutrients of concern during human growth and development, and throughout the aging process.
  5. Assess the quality of nutritional information, data and research available to the consumer via various media outlets, medical information, advertising and food labeling.


Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 216-240 90-100%
B 192-215 80-89%
C 168-191 70-79%
D 144-167 60-69%
F 0-143 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Weekly Exams (7) 105 44%
Discussion Threads (5) 75 31%
Case Studies (2) 30 12%
Final Exam 30 12%
Total 240 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1: Yum - I love the Dollar Menus 15 Saturday
Pre-Test - Sunday
Exam 1 15
Syllabus and Handbook Quiz - Prior to taking Exam 1

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 - "Pumping Up" That Pina Colada 15 Saturday
Exam 2 15 Sunday

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 - What's Genetics Got to Do with My Big Mac? 15 Saturday
Exam 3 15 Sunday

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Dropbox: Case Study 1 - Fluid and Energy Needs 15 Saturday
Exam 4 15 Sunday

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4: A "Vein" Way to Be... 15 Saturday
Exam 5 15 Sunday

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5: I Can't Eat What? 15 Saturday
Exam 6 15 Sunday

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Dropbox: Case Study 2 - Cancer Patient 15 Saturday
Exam 7 15 Sunday

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Post-Test - Saturday
Final Exam 30
Total Points: 240

  Assignment Overview

Pre- and Post-Tests

During Week 1 you will be required to take a Pre-Test; during Week 8 a Post-Test.  The final exam will not be available to you until you have completed the Post-Test.  Each of these tests consists of 10 True/False questions and has a ten minute time limit.


Each week of the course you will have 3-4 chapters of reading assigned from the chosen textbook.  Some weeks you will have additional articles to read that will impact your discussion questions. 


During weeks 1-3 and 5-6, you will have a 15-point discussion due on Saturday.  Your initial post and two response posts are due by Saturday at 11:59 pm Central Time (CT). This course is dependent upon the exchange of ideas, experience and peer critique. Therefore, your participation and positive citizenship in this course is fully expected. See the detailed discussion rubric at the end of the syllabus for specific discussion expectations. 

For the benefit of all who are reading responses, please keep your personal agendas, attitudes, and grudges in check. This course will sometimes touch on topics that will stir controversy and debate, which can and should be a healthy, educational exchange of ideas. However, remember that this exchange should be about learning, not “winning” a debate or verbal exchange.

Case Studies

You will have a 15-point case study due in Weeks 4 and 7.  Both case studies are due Saturday by 11:59 pm CT. Case study details will be posted in the Content area of the course. You must use Word or another word processing software to complete the case study. In each case study there are 5 questions worth 3 points each, for a total of 15 points. You must answer each question thoughtfully and thoroughly to earn the points.  

Weekly Exams

To coincide with your weekly readings, you will have to take a weekly timed exam worth 15 points. The weekly exams will consist of 60 multiple choice questions that come from your assigned textbook readings. Each exam question is worth .25 points for a total of 15 points for each weekly exam. You will have 75 minutes to complete each of the weekly exams. The weekly exams must be completed every Sunday by 11:59 pm CT. 

Final Exam

The Final Exam will be a total of 120 questions worth 30 points (.25 points per question). These final exam questions will come directly from the assigned textbook readings from weeks 1-7. You will have 150 minutes to complete the exam. The exam must be completed by Saturday at 11:59 pm CT.  

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

  • Textbook:  Chapters 1-4
  • Karl Denninger’s “The Market Ticker” blog (Personal Health) [Available in the Content area of the course]  
Discussion 1: Yum - I love the Dollar Menus

Referencing the blog posts from Karl Denniger’s “The Market Ticker” blog and your textbook readings this week, analyze how income and cultural trends can impact an individual’s diet. Cite examples that support your conclusions.


A Pre-Test will be open from Monday at 12:01 a.m. until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT.  You will have one attempt for this test which consists of 10 True/False questions, and 10 minutes to complete it.

Exam 1

60 questions. Timed exam; 75 minutes allowed. Exam must be completed by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Syllabus and Handbook Quiz

In order to access Exam 1, you will need to do the following:

  1. Review the course syllabus (located in the "Start Here" section of the Course Content area)
  2. Review the RN to BSN Student Handbook (located in the "Start Here" section of the Course Content area)
  3. Score 100% on the Syllabus and Handbook Quiz (located in the Quizzes area)

The link for Exam 1 will not appear until all three actions have been completed.

  • Textbook:  Chapters 5-8
  • Article: “Are Vitamin Enhanced Alcohols a Healthier Choice?”  [Available in the Content area of the course] 
  • Article: “Wet Brain.  Why Do We Add Vitamins To Bread, But Not Beer?”  [Available in the Content area of the course]  
Discussion 2 - "Pumping Up" That Pina Colada

It has been suggested that alcoholic beverages be fortified with vitamins and minerals. Evaluate the merits and disadvantages for fortifying alcoholic beverages with vitamins and minerals. Explain at least two merits and two disadvantages of this idea.  What would be your recommendation and what information from the readings would you use to support your points?

Exam 2

60 questions. Timed exam; 75 minutes allowed. Exam must be completed by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT.

  • Textbook:  Chapters 9-11
  • Article: “What Farmers Think About GM Crops”  [Available in the Content area of the course] 
  • Article: “GMOs – From a Farmer’s Perspective.”  [Available in the Content area of the course] 
  • Article: “This Farmer’s Perspective on GMOs.”  [Available in the Content area of the course]  
Discussion 3 - What's Genetics Got to Do with My Big Mac?

Referencing your textbook and the three articles from this week, discuss the pros (at least two) and cons (at least two) of genetically modified plants as a food source. Prioritize the pros and cons and provide a recommendation. What data would you use to support your conclusions? 

Exam 3

60 questions. Timed exam; 75 minutes allowed. Exam must be completed by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT.

  • Text:  Chapters 12-15
  • Article: “Obesity In America:  What’s Driving The Epidemic?”  [Available in the Content area of the course]  
Dropbox: Case Study 1 - Fluid and Energy Needs

The case study for this week will be posted by 8:00 am CT on Monday.  Please use the provided file to answer the five questions. Enter your answer immediately below each question. Upload your completed document to the appropriate dropbox folder by Saturday at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Exam 4

60 questions. Timed exam; 75 minutes allowed. Exam must be completed by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT.

  • Text:  Chapters 16-19
  • Article: “Take It from a Girl Who Cannot Eat, a Feeding Tube Is No Fad.” [Available in the Content area of the course] 
  • Article: “Aging:  “Tube Feeding” – Right or Wrong:  The Medical, Legal & Ethical Issues.” [Available in the Content area of the course]  
Discussion 4: A "Vein" Way to Be...

There are six (6) general points outlined in your textbook re: parenteral nutrition administration (pg. 433 Perspectives in Practice). Choose two of the six points and provide evidence (cite references) as to why you think those are the two most important points in regards to parenteral nutrition administration.  In addition, respond to this statement: “Feeding a patient by a tube (any kind of tube) is not normal and should only be used for the short-term.”  Incorporate into your discussion information from your assigned textbook readings for this week and the two articles referenced above.

Exam 5

60 questions. Timed exam; 75 minutes allowed. Exam must be completed by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT.

  • Text:  Chapters 20-22
  • Article: “8 Tips For Caregivers” [Available in the Content area of the course under Week 6]  
Discussion 5: I Can't Eat What?

Referencing the ADA recommendations, analyze and discuss the significant changes a newly diagnosed diabetic would have to make in regards to diet and nutrition.  Also, explain which change would be hardest for you to personally to make and why.  

Exam 6

60 questions. Timed exam; 75 minutes allowed. Exam must be completed by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
  • Text: Chapters 23-25
  • Article: “What to Eat When You Have HIV.” [Available in the Content area of the course] 
  • Article: “End Stage Renal Disease:  Nutritional Considerations.”  [Available in the Content area of the course]  
Dropbox: Case Study 2 - Cancer Patient

The case study for this week will be posted by 8:00 am CT on Monday.  Please use the provided file to answer the five questions. Enter your answer immediately below each question. Upload your completed document to the appropriate dropbox folder by Saturday at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Exam 7

60 questions. Timed exam; 75 minutes allowed. Exam must be completed by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT.


A Post-Test is in the Quizzes area of this course.  You must take this Post-Test, which consists of 10 True/False questions and a ten minute time limit, before the final exam will be available to you.  You will have one attempt before Saturday, 11:59 p.m. CT.

Final Exam

120 questions. Timed exam; 150 minutes allowed.

  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a cumulative process that begins with the first college learning opportunity. Students are responsible for knowing the Academic Integrity policy and procedures and may not use ignorance of either as an excuse for academic misconduct. Columbia College recognizes that the vast majority of students at Columbia College maintain high ethical academic standards; however, failure to abide by the prohibitions listed herein is considered academic misconduct and may result in disciplinary action, a failing grade on the assignment, and/or a grade of "F" for the course.

Additionally, all required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.


There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning, communicate your concerns with the instructor. In addition to speaking with the instructor, the following resources are available to ensure an opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment that values mutual respect.

  • For students with disabilities/conditions who are experiencing barriers to learning or assessment, contact the Student Accessibility Resources office at (573) 875-7626 or sar@ccis.edu to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in the course, including accommodations.
  • For students who are experiencing conflict which is impacting their educational environment, contact the Office of Student Conduct at studentconduct@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7877.
  • For students who have concerns related to discrimination or harassment based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy or parental status, please contact the Title IX Office at titleixcoordinator@ccis.edu. More information can be found at http://www.ccis.edu/policies/notice-of-non-discrimination-and-equal-opportunity.aspx

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Late (less than 24 hours) case studies and exams will automatically receive a 30% reduction in points. Twenty-four hours after the initial due date case studies and exams will receive zero points. 

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.