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National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

The Science of Nutrition (SCI-101)

Location: 

Various; distance learning format.

Length: 

Varies; self-study format. 

Dates: 

January 2016 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: define the various classes of nutrients and discuss their importance to human health, with a focus on water in regards to fluid balance; identify the components of a healthy diet, including guidelines based on the USDA food “plate;” describe the factors that determine appetite and hunger and the mechanism by which the body digests its food; discuss the different forms of carbohydrates, including simple and complex and how carbohydrates are digested and absorbed into the blood stream; differentiate between the various forms of fats in our diets and their roles in human nutrition; describe the roles of the various types of amino acids that are essential to human nutrition and how they are best obtained through proper nutrition; identify the nutrients that function as electrolytes in the body and how they maintain proper body functioning; explain the causes of various nutritional disorders, including obesity, diabetes, and malnutrition and their long-term consequences and treatment options; delineate the various nutrients and foods necessary to promote bone health and discuss the disorders that affect bones; list the nutrients necessary for metabolism and blood health and discuss the roles and effectiveness of dietary supplements; determine a healthy weight for an individual and identify ways to avoid or treat obesity; evaluate the role of physical activity in maintaining a healthy lifestyle; and distinguish between the nutritional needs of people at various stages of life, including children, adults and the elderly.

Instruction: 

This course studies the human diet and looks at substantial elements of biology and chemistry as they relate to this study. Major topics include: the four classes of macronutrients and two classes of micronutrients and the importance of each in a well-balanced diet, sources of important nutrients and how to determine which sources are optimal, the impact of physical activity on a person’s over-all health, nutrition-related diseases and disorders, and various categories of people who have special dietary requirements, such as children and pregnant women. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, practice assignments, class participation, and a final exam.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Nutrition or as a Science elective (3/18).

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