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Administrative Unit: Nursing Department
Course Prefix and Number: NURS 312
Course Title: Principles and Applications of Human Nutrition
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog 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: Admission to either the Online RN to BSN or the Bachelor Nursing Level program; CHEM 109 or CHEM 110 and CHEM 112, BIOL 110 and BIOL 110L, and MATH 150 (BSN).

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Admission to either the Online RN to BSN or the Bachelor Nursing Level program; CHEM 109 or CHEM 110 and CHEM 112, BIOL 110 and BIOL 110L, and MATH 150 (BSN).

Course Rotation for Day Program:

For the BSN course rotations, see the Day course schedule; for Online course rotations, see the Online course schedule.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

William's Essentials of Nutrition and Diet Therapy
By Schlenker, E.D. and Roth, S.L. (Mosby: Elsevier)
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.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Describe the major macro and micronutrients relevant to human health.
  • Evaluate the nutrients required for health, and their sources in diets.
  • Describe how nutrients in foods affect and are affected by metabolic functions of the human body.
  • Select foods according to their basic nutrient content and to their order of usefulness to the human body.
  • Describe how nutrition and lifestyle choices impact the life cycle before and during pregnancy, during lactation and infancy, during childhood and adolescence, and through adulthood and aging.
  • Explain the impact of nutrition and lifestyle choices on the immune system and on diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, AIDS, and diabetes.
  • Assess the scientific validity of nutritional claims and information and identify claims, practices and products which may be intentionally misleading or fraudulent.
  • Analyze various therapeutically prescribed diets for inpatient and outpatient populations.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: Online Course 25; In-seat Course 40

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Faye Fairchild Date: April 6, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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