Nutrition & Diet Therapy Syllabus for 2021-2022
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HECO-1322-001 Nutrition & Diet Therapy


Course Description

This course introduces general nutritional concepts in health and disease and includes practical applications of that knowledge. Special emphasis is given to nutrients and nutritional processes including functions, food sources, digestion, absorption and metabolism. Food safety, availability and nutritional information including food labels, advertising and nationally established guidelines are addressed.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


Nutrition for Health and Health Care, 7th ed., 2019
DeBruyne and Pinna

Loose leaf/Bundle w/ Mindtap Access – Required







The Ware Underground Computer Lab is available 

See AC website or call 371-5000 for Current Hours 


Ware Building- AC West Campus

Mon-Thu   Mon-Fri  
Fri   Sat-Sun  


Student Performance

The professor reserves the right to ammend the course syllabus, class calendar and/or class schedule should it become necessary. Such changes will be communicated to students in the Class Announcements found on the AC Online class home page.

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

  1. Understand the role of nutrition as it affects human health and well being.
  2. Understand the function of the major nutrients and their impact on the human body.
  3. Understand the role nutrition plays in disease prevention and treatment.
  4. Understand individual nutrient requirements as affected by stages of life, activity level, and/or disease.
  5. Evaluate popular claims and theories relating to nutrition.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of various special diet regimens.
  7. Understand the use of appropriate reference materials for obtaining food and nutrition information.
  8. Apply the principles of good nutrition in selecting a personal diet.

By the end of the course, the student will be able to satisfactorily complete the learning objectives stated in Student Performance/Learning Objectives above with a minimum of 60% competency level based on completion of the exams, projects, and assignments administered under the supervision of the instructor.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

This class is being conducted in an online format. Our communication will be completed primarily through our course email and discussion forums. This is a different setting from the traditional classroom-based lecture course; nevertheless, I expect each student to conduct him/herself in the most professional manner. Disrespect for any person, such as personal attacks in weekly comments or simply being rude toward fellow classmates or the instructor, will not be tolerated. (You need to start practicing good, professional interpersonal communication for your future career is extremely dependent upon dealing with many different people in many different and possibly difficult situations...all of which must be handled PROFESSIONALLY. Start that practice here in our class with your professor and classmates.)

RESPONSE TIME: I will do my best to get to your email/questions as soon as I possibly can, usually within a day. Please use the subject line of your email to let me know what your email is in reference to AND your section number as well as your AC ID#. This helps me tremendously in handling email which is most emergent first and in finding you. Also please remember, especially at the first of the semester, there are several of you...only one of me!


* GROUP TESTING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. With computer reports and tracking, there are methods by which this practice can be detected. I have in the past and will obtain testing data should I suspect group test taking. I would ask you to consider the kind of health care professional you want caring for you or your loved ones (child, husband, wife, parents, grandparents). One who cheated his/her way through classes?

If it becomes apparent to me that you are collaborating on tests in this class, appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken including possibility of the following: your receiving an "F" in this class, and being dropped from the course with no refund of monies, an appearance in front of your professor and AC's Disciplinary Committee, and/or possible suspension from AC for the current term or longer. See AC's Student Rights and Responsibilities a copy of which can be obtained by asking at any AC Assistance Center or online see Forms and Policies.


Grading Criteria

There will be 8 tests. Remaining grades will come from the Mindtap  Assignments, Getting Started assignments, and  "The Doctor" video assignment.  Grades will be weighted as follows: 

Test Average  (tests in Blackboard)                50%                                                                                                                                                     

Cengage Mindtap Assignments Average       40%                                                                                                                                       

Getting Started Assignment                           10%         

Extra Credit assignments                              ( As assigned by instructor)      

Letter Grade is calculated as follows:                                                                                                                                                                                              89.5 - 100 = A
79.5 - 89.4 = B
69.5 - 79.4 = C
59.5 - 69.4 = D
59.4 or below = F

Make up tests are allowed at the professor's discretion. Arrangements for such make up exams must be made with the professor.


Dropping or withdrawing from a class may affect scholarships or financial aid, so check with a financial aid counselor or an advisor before you drop or withdraw from any class.  See the AC master calendar for Drop Date Deadline




Week 2

Week 7

Chapters 17/18/19

-Nutrition and Upper Gastrointestinal Disorders

-Nutrition and Lower Gastrointestinal Disorders

-Nutrition and Liver Diseases


Nutrition/Module 8

Chapters 20/21/22/23

-Nutrition and Diabetes Mellitus

-Nutrition and Disorders of the Heart and Blood Vessels

-Nutrition and Renal Diseases

-Nutrition, Cancer, and HIV Infection




Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

08/11/22 2:30 PM

Last Edited on:

08/11/22 2:49 PM