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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(s) / Corequisite(s):

Admission to the RN to BSN program.

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

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 Objectives

• To describe the components of a healthy diet, and critically evaluate the quality of various diets and diet therapies.
• To identify the major functions and food sources of macronutrients and micronutrients.
• To explain the role of diet in maintaining health and preventing disease.
• To summarize the nutrients of concern during human growth and development, and throughout the aging process.
• To assess the quality of nutritional information, data and research available to the consumer via various media outlets, medical information, advertising and food labeling.

Measurable Learning
  • 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.
Topical Outline:

  • Nutrition, health and disease.
  • Macro and micronutrients.
  • Energy balance.
  • Nutrition and the life cycle.
  • Concepts and applications of clinical nutrition.
  • Nutrition in chronic disease states.
  • Food additives.
  • Food safety.
  • Labeling of food.
  • Nutritional claims.
  • Current evidence for the role of key nutrients in the prevention of chronic diseases.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Linda Claycomb Date: November 1, 2013
    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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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