Biology 2190: Principles of Nutrition Online Spring 2013

NOTE: There is no face-to-face orientation for the course. Students must not only access the course by logging into Georgia View D2L but also becoming familiar with the tools associated with course.

Notice: This syllabus may change daily - students are held responsible for checking the syllabus to keep current with the class

Instructor: Thomas Harnden, Ph. D

Office: Marietta, Norton Hall 127

Office hours and phone number: Listed on Dr. Harnden's Main Page


Prerequisites: Grade of C or higher in either BIOL 2121 or BIOL 1010

Course Delivery: This course will be delivered using a course management tool called Georgia View D2L. Students are responsible for obtaining their username and password. To log into Georgia View D2L, click on the following link: Georgia View D2L. Once you logged into Georgia View D2L you should see a list of links for courses that you are registered for the semester. If you do not see a link for the course you are trying to enter, then contact the registrars office. If you do see the course link, then click on it and you will be directed to the course main page. Using the email option in D2L, please email me no later than the third day of classes and indicate that you have read, understand, and comply with the syllabus for this course. If you do not, then you will be considered a no show for the course and administratively withdrawn.

If you have trouble accessing the course or any other technical issues associated with Georgia View D2L then please click on the following link and contact Vista technical help:

Course Description: This is an Internet-based distance learning course which involves minimal contact with the instructor. This course covers the fundamental principles of human nutrition from a biological perspective. Included will be the study of the major nutrient classes, nutrition and related diseases, role of major nutrients, consumer concerns about foods, and the requirements of various groups of individuals.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

  1. BIOL 2190 students will be able to define a nutrient and will be able to describe the commonly employed nutrient reference values such as DRI, ERA, RDA, AI, UL, and DV.
  1. BIOL 2190 students will be able to identify and describe the anatomical structures and physiological processes associated with the breakdown, absorption and metabolism of nutrients within the human body.
  1. BIOL 2190 students will be able to identify and describe the six classes of nutrients utilized by humans as well as the deficiencies and excesses associated with each.
  1. BIOL 2190 students will be able to identify and describe the process of alcohol production as well as the metabolism, benefits, and health problems associated with the consumption of alcohol.
  1. BIOL 2190 students will be able to identify the various types of eating disorders and describe the risk factors, common symptom, physiological and psychological effects, and treatments of each.
  1. BIOL 2190 students will be able to discuss the relationship between exercise and weight control and nutrient consumption and metabolism.
  1. BIOL 2190 students will be able to identify and describe the changing nutrient requirements during pregnancy, infancy, adolescence, and adulthood.
  1. BIOL 2190 students will be able to identify and describe both the basic principles of food safety and the organisms associated with food borne illnesses.
  1. BIOL 2190 students will be able to identify and describe the basic principles of food production, food preservation, and food labeling.
  1. BIOL 2190 students will be able to identify, analyze, and discuss their own dietary requirements and health status.

Text (Required): Perspectives of Nutrition by Byrd et. Al,

Grading Policy: The final grade for the course is based on performance on online exams, participation, and a comprehensive final exam. The final exam will be worth 40% of the final grade, participation will be worth 20% of the final grade, and the average of 8 online exams will be worth 40% of the final grade. Grades will be assigned according to the following scale:

Class Participation:

Using Georgia View D2L, students will participate in discussion forums. Dialog is asynchronous and students will participate in each discussion by "posting" a response to questions or comments posed to the class. There will be several threaded discussion topics related to material covered during the semester. Students will be graded based on the frequency and quality of participation:

Frequency: Students must participate or "post" a minimum of four times in EACH threaded discussion forum (also known as discussion topics). There will be anywhere from 6-9 discussion forums. Click on the discussions link to participate. NOTE: A student cannot post all posts on one day. A student must post on a minimum of FOUR SEPARATE DAYS. Therefore, one post each day for four days will satisfy the minium participation.

Quality: Students SHOULD provide additional information regarding a topic; find relevance to the information/discussion and why; present alternative explanations; and/or elaborate on ideas already discussed. Students SHOULD NOT post offensive comments; agree or disagree without elaborating why; duplicate information already presented; cut and paste other's responses; plagiarize information; and participate in "flaming" or online arguing and name-calling.

NOTE: If a student does not satisfy the frequency and quality criteria will not receive credit for participation. Additionally, the forums are only available during a specific time frame listed below. If a student adds a post before or after the time duration, then that post will be deleted without notice.

Testing Policy: The exams MAY be comprised of short answer,  multiple choice, and/or matching questions. Note: The final exam may contain new questions yet will reflect the material covered during the course. A tentative schedule of exams is listed on the course outline. NOTE: the instructor does not give a study guide for any exam including the final exam.

Course Policies:

Make-Up Policy: A make-up exam will be allowed if the following two criteria are met:

(1). The instructor is notified 24-48  hours prior to the exam time that a problem exists. If the instructor can not be reached in person then a message should be left at the division of science, Marietta site office, or email prior to the exam time. The student must supply a phone number and times that they can be reached.

(2). The absence must be excusable and documented. Examples of excused absences are illnesses with a doctor's excuse, death in the family, military deployment, etc. Employment conflicts, vacations and personal activities are not acceptable excuses. The instructor reserves the right to determine the type of documentation required and if an absence is excusable.

Note: If either of the above conditions are not met, the student forfeits their right to a make-up exam. Unexcused absences will result in a grade of zero for that exam. If the Instructor excuses an absence, the instructor reserves the right to (1) administer an alternative exam, (2) administer the exam in an alternative format (i.e. written, essay, oral, etc...) and (3)  administer the exam IN PERSON at a time and location convenient to the instructor - NO EXCEPTIONS! Lastly, no student will be allowed to make up more than one exam during the semester!

Technology and other course policies:

The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus at his discretion. Students will be notified as soon as possible of any changes made.