DIET-1310: Principle of Nutrition ( Online | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Thelma J. Harris

Instructor Rank

Associate Professor,retired

Instructor Email
Instructor Website

Instructor Office


Instructor Phone

(901) 333-5673

Department Fax

(901) 333-5057

Department Phone

(901) 333-5400

Course Information
Course Description

This course is an introduction to nutrition, including nutritive value of foods, factors influencing body food requirements, their importance in promoting health and preventing disease and the body processes and their relation to total nutrition. Nutritional requirements throughout the human life cycle with attention to various food cultures and application of nutrition requirements to the basis food groups.

Student Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop a basic foundation of the factual knowledge in the psychology of eating and nutrition.
  • Develop a fundemental understanding of the basic principles of nutrition and metabolism through basic knowledge of chemistry and physiology.
  • Identify the six classes of nutrients,their major function,sources and recommended intake and deficiency signs.




Instructional / Learning Methods

Students are expected to participate in class learning activities as outlined in the introduction and syllabus.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

Understanding Nutrition, 14th edition, Whitney and Rolfes

Supplementary Materials


Hardware Requirements

See minimum Hardware and Software Requirements at strongly recommended)

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below in the Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

5 Exams - 100 points each

Projects - 150 points

Unit Discussion Questions - 10 points each


An incomplete "I" grade for the course may be given in extenuating circumstances if the course averge is C or above. Documentation may be required.

Grading Scale

100 - 90-A

89 - 80-B

79 - 70-C

69 - 60-D

below 60-F

Testing Procedure / Policy

The final grade will be based in part on five exams. The exams are timed online and are not open book. If a student exceeds the time allowed for an exam, the exam will close.  Students are expected to complete their own work. Make-up exams are given for missed exams the last week of class. Students must have a valid excuse to take make-up exams. Documentation may be required.  

Major Assignments

Two projects are required. The projects are worth 150 points. Five unit discussion questions are required, ten points each. Five points are taken off for late submissions.

Participation / Attendance Policy

Students are expected to log onto the system at least 3 times per week. You should expect to spend from three to five hours a week working on the materials. In some instances, it may take longer. You are expected to actively participate in class activities. Log-in activity monitored for attendance. Attendance is required as indicated by Southwest Tennessee Community College's attendance policy.

Policy on Student Professional Conduct

Students are expected to conuct themselves in a manner that adheres to  the college's Student Code of Conduct. See Student Handbook, pp44-46

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to at all times when using the Discussion forum.

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule
  • Overview of Nutrition
  • The Energy Nutrients
  • The Vitamins
  • The Minerals
  • Energy Balance and Fitness
  • Life Span Nutrition
Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates

This syllabus is reviewed and updated each semester.

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.