Georgia Highlands College

BIOL 2190

Principles of Nutrition

Spring 2014

 Dr. Adam J. Decker

Associate Professor of Biology

Paulding: M/W 12:30-1:45

 Office Hours:  







Office: 254 B

Course Description and Objectives Text Attendance Prerequisites
Grading Disclosures Lecture Schedule  

Course Description:

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:

  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. BIOL 2190 students will be able to discuss the relationship between exercise and weight control and nutrient consumption and metabolism.
  7. BIOL 2190 students will be able to identify and describe the changing nutrient requirements during pregnancy, infancy, adolescence, and adulthood.
  8. 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.
  9. BIOL 2190 students will be able to identify and describe the basic principles of food production, food preservation, and food labeling.
  10. BIOL 2190 students will be able to identify, analyze, and discuss their own dietary requirements and health status.

Text: Perspectives of Nutrition by Byrd et. Al., Eighth Edition -(Supplemental)


Attendance is required and will be recorded.


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



The standard grading system will be used:

A= 100-90, B= 89-80, C= 79-70, D= 69-60, F= 59 and below

Notice: If a student's final average is within one half a point (ex: 89.5) of the next letter grade the instructor will grant rounding up to the next letter grade if the student has attended and participated in at least 90% of the scheduled lectures.

The final grade for the course is based on the average of the following 7 grades:

  • Four announced lecture exams
  • The average of quizzes - the instructor reserves the right to determine the number of quizzes
  • Outside class assignments
  • A final comprehensive exam



    • Lecture behavior that is considered disruptive will not be tolerated. Behavior that may be perceived as disruptive include, but not limited to:
      • active cell phones not set on vibrate (therefore rings when receiving calls)
      • laptop computers whose volume is not muted
      • students chattering and whispering while the instructor is lecturing
      • students walking in late
    • The instructor reserves the right to move students from one location in the lecture room to another location without notice nor reason. For example, the instructor may request that students occupy seats in the first row before the next row can be occupied.
    • Although the instructor supports science education for all, individuals not registered for the course cannot attend lecture.
    • Board of Regents policy 1902 DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR - "Any student, faculty member, administrator, or employee, acting individually or in concert with others, who clearly obstructs or disrupts, or attempts to obstruct or disrupt any teaching, research, administrative, disciplinary, or public service activity, or any other activity authorized to be discharged or held on any campus of the University System is considered by the Board to have committed an act of gross irresponsibility and shall be subject to disciplinary procedures, possibly resulting in dismissal or termination of employment" (BR Minutes, 1968-69, pp. 166-168; 1970-71, p. 98) source: USG Manual
    • Please ask relevant questions. The art of questioning is the greatest tool regarding success in education!
    • Students are responsible for collecting and saving all graded material. If a problem or dilemma arises (e.g. error on an exam or grade miscalculation), students may be asked to provide all graded material handed out during the semester. Therefore, save all graded material handed back! Failure to provide (when requested) any or all graded material handed back may result in a grade of zero for the missing material.
    • Cheating will not be tolerated!!! Any student who cheats on an exam will receive a grade of zero on the exam. Behavior that may be perceived as cheating include, but not limited to: < >talking immediately before and during the administration of an exam looking in the direction of another student's exam fumbling through a book-bag, knapsack, purse, etc.. use of scrap paper that is not blank prior to the administration of an exam
    • cell phones or any electronic devices out in the open
    • In regards to exams, projects and assignments: Any evidence of violating the academic integrity code will result in a grade of zero for that exam, project, or assignment and possible further disciplinary action which may include failure in the course.
    • Students are responsible for all graded material designated in the syllabus. If lecture or laboratory is canceled due to inclement weather or instructor absence students are still responsible for the graded material not covered. If students have questions regarding missed material, the instructor has office hours (and/or will have an extra class period) to answer any questions. Therefore, it is imperative to read at least a chapter ahead of the schedule.
    • Unless other wise noted, students are responsible for all material in the textbook.
    • Students are responsible for any announcements made or handouts distributed in their absence.
    • WITHDRAWING FROM THE COURSE - The instructor will not give advice as to whether or not a student should withdraw from the course! Only the student is capable of knowing their potential for future success.
    • Extra credit is considered a privilege not a requirement for the course. Failure to follow class procedures as defined by the syllabus or oral instruction by the instructor may result in the loss of such a privilege. The administration of extra credit is done at the instructor's discretion. DO NOT ASK IF EXTRA CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN!!!
    • Absolutely and positively no tape recorders are to be used to record my lecture or laboratory!!! The instructor provides detailed notes that enable a student to listen to lecture and still have time to make additional notes and ask questions. Exceptions to this rule are those students who have documented reasons and verified by Georgia Highlands College. Any student who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the College Access Center (706-802-5003) to coordinate reasonable accommodations.
    • Students receiving financial aid: Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly. Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each class. Students who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation. If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student's financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form.
    • If using computers not associated by the Georgia Highlands College
      • Students must check to see if their computers contain the appropriate programs - specified by the college
      • Students must check to see if their computers and programs are working correctly
    • The instructor is not responsible for any technical difficulties a student faces if a student chooses to use technology not provided by Georgia Highlands College
    • The instructor is not responsible for technical difficulties that arise with email if a student chooses to use an email account other than one supplied by Georgia Highlands College. It is recommended that students use the web based mail provided by the college. Click on the following link for student email: STUDENT EMAIL
    • It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with the use of email, Internet, and MS Word. It is recommended to to be concurrently enrolled in or already have taken FCCS 1100.
    • Students have many avenues to gain access to a computer (egs Cartersville campus, Georgia Highlands College library, local library, fellow students, friends, etc...) , therefore students always have access to the syllabus, notes, and online exams for the course regardless the condition of their computer.
    • The instructor will give appropriate time to submit online work such as email assignments and online exams. Therefore, there will be a penalty for late online assignments and exams. For each 24-hour period that online work is late, the grade for the assignment will be lowered an entire letter grade.
    • In regards to technology:
  • Exam Preparation
    • Receiving high grades is dependent upon the extent of preparation for exams not the manner or format of the exam. Therefore, the instructor reserves the right not to disclose the amount or types of questions on any exam.
  • Exam Attendance and Make-up
  • Unless prior notice was given to and approved by the instructor or a document/verifiable excuse provided, missed exams result in a grade of zero.
  • Excusing students from missed exams is done at the instructor's discretion.
  • Excused absences enable a student to take a missed exam. Missed exams will be taken at the last week of classes unless otherwise noted by the instructor. NO STUDENT WILL BE ALLOWED TO MAKE UP MORE THAN ONE LECTURE EXAM DURING THE SEMESTER!
  • The instructor reserves the right to choose an alternate format (ex: essay/oral) for missed exams.
  • If a student is late (15 minutes or more) for an exam, his/her exam is handed in at the same time as the rest of the class. If an exam has been handed in prior to a late arrival, the student may not take the exam and may receive a grade of zero for missing the exam.
  • Scantron Forms: Tests and exams are multiple choice. Students provide their own Scantron grading forms, which are available at the campus bookstore at a small cost. For this reason and because Scantron forms can become damaged in use, students are encouraged to be prepared with several forms at every test or exam. Scantron forms must be clean and uncreased and must be marked clearly to be read properly. Running out of forms, using forms that are in poor condition, or marking forms improperly will lead to a student receiving no credit for the corresponding test or exam. The answers marked on the Scantron form are the ones graded. No credit will be given for answers marked correctly on the examination copy which are marked incorrectly on the Scantron form.



  • Lecture Exams< >Students are to use #2 pencils for lecture examsAfter a lecture exam has been completed, both the exam and answer sheet is to be signed and handed in. Failure to hand in both the exam and the answer sheet may result in a grade of zero. Exams are graded by hand or by machine. Errors may occur! Therefore, students are responsible for checking their answers with the answer sheets/exams after receiving their graded exam. Exams are not returned to the students. Students must make an appointment to review any tests taken during the term. Appointments to review old exams are not available the last week of class - therefore it is suggested to review exams immediately after they are handed back! Furthermore, A student can review an exam only after the exam is taken - BUT before the next scheduled exam is administered. Once the subsequent exam has been administered, students will not be allowed to review old exams. Therefore, it is imperative to make an appointment to review exams during the instructors office hours. Lecture Schedule
    Biology 2190







    1/15- 1/22

    No class Monday

    MLK day


    What Nourishes You







    Basis of a Healthy Diet



    Calorie content assignment.

    Due Date: C- 1/25

                      P- 1/23


    Human Digestion and Absorption

    No Class Monday 1/21 MLK holiday.

    Digestion/metabolism images


    2/17 Test #1  




     CHO slides



    Metabolism quiz (P-2/24)

    Amino Acid Study Quiz Guide


    Protein images


    Alcohol images

    Amino Acide quiz (3/5)






    Lipid images






    Spring Break: 3/24-3/29


    Vitamin images (ADEK)

    Vitamin images (B, C) 




    Test #2 (3/31)

    Vitamins (ADEK)

    Vitamin (BC)

    Water and Major Minerals and Trace Minerals

    4/9 Vitamin Quiz #3 (4/7)

    Water and Major Mineral images

    Trace mineral images



    Project: TBA
    4/16-4/23 Test III (P- 4/14)

    Eating Disorders

    Energy Balance and Weight Control


      Test IV (Mineral Study Guide)





    Energy images

    Energy Balance and Weight Control



    Food Safety

    Food pathogen images

    Nutrition from Infancy through adult




      Comprehensive Final Exam



    Note: This is a tentative lecture schedule! The instructor reserves the right to alter this schedule at his discretion. Any changes in this schedule will be announced to the students as soon as it is possible.


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