111 Syllabus 2011

111 Syllabus 2011 - NDFS 100 Essentials of Human Nutrition...

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NDFS 100: Essentials of Human Nutrition Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science Syllabus Winter 2011 OUR GOALS You will learn basic facts and principles of nutrition, enabling you to make informed decisions about what to eat. You will gain experience in problem-solving and critical thinking with basic information. You will discard unfounded fears or guilt about eating and recognize that eating nutritiously can and should be enjoyable. COURSE OUTCOMES: BY THE END OF THE COURSE YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO Evaluate your own food intake and recognize ways to improve it. Identify functions of nutrients and their major food sources. Identify the rationale for nutrition recommendations. Explain the principles involved in losing, maintaining, and gaining weight. Interpret nutrition labels. Recognize characteristics of nutrition misinformation and characteristics of reliable sources of accurate information. Identify and practice principles of safe food preparation. SOME PERSPECTIVE ABOUT THIS COURSE To think critically about nutrition – one of the goals for this course – you will first need to learn basic facts and concepts. We expect students will mature in thinking about nutrition, from black/white or right/wrong, to being able to identify and weigh relevant factors to recognize and recommend applications in real-life situations. Exams sample your abilities to remember facts and to apply them. Exams are important and provide one indication of your progress or the lack thereof. Do your best, but remember that grades only measure your academic performance relative to this course. They do not assess your overall potential as a person nor do they assess your overall intelligence or worth. What really matters is what becomes “written in the heart” -- a healthy perspective about food and eating and body weight. We hope you will personally apply what you learn in this course. PHILOSOPHY OF INSTRUCTION: Students can and should be proactive and take responsibility for their own learning. Find excellent (and entertaining) ideas at http://ctl.byu.edu/helping-students-take-responsibility-for-learning/ . Your active involvement is critical to maximize your learning . Professors and TAs can explain concepts, show you how we organize information, provide opportunities to apply ideas, and give you feedback, but we can’t learn for you. We do not post NDFS 100 Power Point lecture slides on Blackboard, since note-taking and distinguishing between important and trivial facts are important skills for maximizing learning . The study guides for each chapter are posted on Blackboard to download and use as a framework for taking notes in class. The study guides will help you focus your study and master course material. Recent research identified several important factors for students’ success in NDFS 100:
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