Nutrition in the Life Cycle NFS 2020 (Spring 2014)

Instructor:††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Matt Schmidt MS, RD.

Office:†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† GC 203E

Phone:†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 865-8070

E-mail Address:†††††††††††††††

Office Hours:††††† ††††† ††††† MWF 3:20-5:00, or by appointment



Class Time:††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tues/Thur†††††††††††† Section 1†††††††††††††† 8:30-9:50 am†††††††††††††††††††††† †† Room GC 201


Required Text:††† ††††††††††††††† 1.Nutrition Through the Life Cycle 4th edition by Judith E. Brown ISBN 0495116378

2.       Assignment Packet by Schmidt (shrink wrapped package)

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Pre-requisite:††††† ††††††††††††††† NFS 1020 (passing with a C or better)


Course Description:

††††††††††††††† Application of nutrition principles to the human life cycle: nutrient functions, needs, sources and alterations during pregnancy, lactation, growth, development, maturation and aging.


Course Objectives and Learning Objectives:

A.         Students will learn fundamental nutritional principle as well as gaining factual knowledge, (terminology, classifications, methods, and trends).

B.         Students will learn how to apply course material (to improve thinking, diet, and health).


1.†††††††††††† Understand the role of nutrition and changes in nutritional requirements that occur during the life cycle in humans.

2.†††††††††††† Discuss how and why nutrient needs change during each stage of the life cycle.

3.†††††††††††† Identify major areas of nutritional concern in each stage of the life cycle, including impact of physiological and developmental changes.

4.†††††††††††† Identify nutritional risk factors that may lead to chronic disease through case studies of individuals/families at various stages of the life cycle.

5.†††††††††††† Describe how dietary, biochemical, and anthropometric are used to identify nutritional risk factors.

6.†††††††††††† Describe how the diet can be planned to meet nutrient needs during each stage of the life cycle.

7.†††††††††††† Interpret research literature related to nutrition in the life cycle.



Grading will be based on:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† Points

Exam #1, 2, and Final††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 300-350 (each test is worth 100-125 pts)††††††††††††††††††††††

Lab 1 is worth 40 pts††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 40

Labs (3 at 25 points each)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 75

3 day diet analysis††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 25

Food frequency†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† 15

Articles (discussed in class)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 60

TOTAL 515-565



††††††††††††††† A†††††††††††† > 93††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C+†††††††††† > 77††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† D-††††††††††† > 60

††††††††††††††† A-††††††††††† > 90††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C†††††††††††† > 73††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† F††††††††††††† <60%

††††††††††††††† B+†††††††††† > 87††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C-††††††††††† > 70

††††††††††††††† B†††††††††††† > 83††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† D+†††††††††† > 67

††††††††††††††† B-††††††††††† > 80††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† D†††††††††††† > 63†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††





Description of Assignments:

1.†††††††††††† Exams

††††††††††††††† There will be three exams during the semester.Exams will be taken on the dates scheduled in the syllabus.No late exams will be given.†† Exams will be multiple choice, short answer, matching, word definitions, and calculations.

2.†††††††††††† Labs

††††††††††††††† Lab sessions have been scheduled during the semester.Class attendance for some lab sessions is required.Please bring calculators and the textbook to help you complete the lab.The due dates for labs are listed in the syllabus. There are little to no risks associated with labs.

3.†††††††††††† Assignment: All of your assignments will be described in class.Late assignments will be penalized. Assignments are to be turned in by the start of class if not they are considered late and a 50% reduction will be attached. Bring a copy of each assignment to class. Assignments need to be stapled when you turn them in. Article write ups need to be typed.

4.    †††††††† Consistent talking in class may result in the student being asked to leave class. Students warned three times throughout the semester will be asked to leave the class and not return for the rest of the semester. Students dismissed from class will be allowed to take the test in the testing center, turn in assignments, and visit professor during office hours. Please consider the rights of other students.


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ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION POLICIES: Please come! Attending class has a significantly positive correlation with better grades. In other words, typically students that attend class have better grades. With this in mind attendance is highly recommended.


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