Course Goals for Advanced Nutrition

My course goals for Advanced Nutrition are:

-Identify the guidelines underlying a healthy diet and be able to make appropriations for individuals with food challenges.

-Identify the three (3) major human energy systems and the various nutrients needed to sustain them.

-Differentiate between the digestion, absorption, distribution and metabolic functioning of the macronutrients and how those nutrients contribute to optimal health and physical performance.

I plan to incorporate creative and thought-provoking assignments into the lecture component of the course in order to bring all aspects of the three goals together to create a larger picture of how an individual’s  food choices ultimately affect their body systems and their ability to function in a healthy and fit manner.

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2 Responses to Course Goals for Advanced Nutrition

  1. Dr. Metzker says:

    These goals are well-formed, student-centered and clearly measurable. When you say you “plan to incorporate creative and thought-provoking assignments into the lecture to bring all aspects of the three goals to create a larger picture …” I wonder if that shouldn’t be reflected in your course goals. If you expect your students to apply their knowledge of this individual content to a larger purpose, you might take a stab at drafting a goal that reflects this. -jkm

  2. cbzehnder says:

    These goals are very clear and well-written – and even though I’m not very familiar with this topic or your course, I can easily imagine various ways to assess these goals. I’d like to second what Julia said about having a goal that in includes synthesis of all the information if that is what you expect your students to be able to do.

    I’m ‘borrowing’ an idea that I learned at the 2010 sencer summer institute, but I remember one of the presenters there talking about an class project where his students had to design a school lunch program that would maximize diabetes and childhood obesity (he though having them work towards a negative goal would be more interesting and thought provoking then having them work towards the ‘ideal’). You students could design a program or meal plan and then have to explain and defend their choices based on their knowledge of nutrition and physiology.

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