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Barbara Liechty

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FSHE 185 - The Science of Human Nutrition

Current Class Codes (CRN) for Online Sections of FSHE 185

Course Syllabus (abbreviated)

The integration of natural science concepts basic to the study of human nutrition. Emphasis is placed on the nutrient requirements of healthy individuals, nutrient categories and their characteristics, physiological functions, and food sources. Includes the review and adaptation of dietary practices to reflect current nutritional concerns and issues. The course is designed for the person who wants an introduction to nutrition and/or who may later choose to major in it. No college-level science background is required.

Suggested Prerequisites
Credit or concurrent enrollment in ENG 22 or higher level English; MATH 24 or higher level math.

Instructor Information: Barbara Liechty
Barbara received her MPH in Community Health Education from San Jose State University and BS in Public and Community Health from the Arizona State University. Barbara is particularly interested in personal health, nutrition and fitness, behavior change, community organizing, political action, and public policy. She currently teaches online classes at De Anza Community College and Kapi`olani Community College and has taught classes and directed progrms at San Jose State University, Foothill Community College, and the University of California Santa Cruz.

Laulima: https://laulima.hawaii.edu
E-mail: liechty@hawaii.edu
Response time for email is 24 hours maximum (excluding weekends and holidays)
Website: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~liechty
Department Chairperson, Ron Takahashi: rtakahas@hawaii.edu

Purchase Course Materials
The following textbook is required. The text can be purchased online from the Kapi`olani Bookstore. The text can also be purchased from other outside text vendors. If you purchse your textbook from an outside vendor, be certain you have the correct text because you will be studying every chapter.

  • Nutrition An Applied Approach, Fourth Edition, Thompson and Manore. ISBN-13: 978-0-321-91039-4. No access code is required. Access to MasteringNutrition is not required.

Getting Started and Requirements
FSHE 185 is an online class administered using Laulima, the University of Hawaii chosen course management system. This course has no campus or synchronous meetings. Exams, work, and all communication will be conducted online. All instructor contact is online. If you are not comfortable studying independently, testing online, submitting work and/or using online communication tools to ask questions and participate, consider that an on- campus class may be a more appropriate learning environment.

Be prepared to spend a minumum of 12 hours per week reading and using the course study tools and materials. More time may be necessary depending on English skills, study skills, and/or science background.

Minimum System Requirements Include:

  • current version of MS Word
  • Windows XP, OS X, or Vista
  • latest version of Firefox, Internet Exployer, or Safari
  • latest Shockwave, Flash, and QuickTime
  1. FSHE 185 requires that all enrolled students have easy access for the entire term to a reliable computer with reliable high speed internet. Students are required to logon to the course site to complete work as assigned.
  2. Study the fifteen chapters of the text using the resources on the course site.
  3. Complete the homework exercises and test as directed.
  4. Take the three scheduled online examinations.
  5. Participate in on-line class activities and discussions as assigned.

After completing the reading and workbook assignments, you should be able to:

  1. Identify factors that influence why you eat as you do and how changes can be made in your diet.
  2. Compare the various types of nutrition studies in terms of research techniques and reliability of results.
  3. Evaluate the nutritional adequacy of your diet using the US Dietary Guidelines, MyPyramid, the Recommended Dietary Allowances, food labels, and the Food Composition Table.
  4. List and describe the six classes of nutrients, their functions, risks of excess/deficiencies, sources and guidelines for intake.
  5. Identify the energy producing nutrients and how an excess of a deficiency of energy can affect the body.
  6. Describe over and under nutrition and discuss causes, cures and associated health effects.
  7. Describe the effects farm production, processing, and storage have on nutrients.
  8. Discuss current issues related to the safety of the food supply using concepts from toxicology.
  9. Discuss how alcohol and other drugs interact with the nutritional processes.
  10. Describe the physiological changes that occur during the life cycle and explain the changes in nutrient needs that accompany these changes.
  11. Evaluate nutrition information in popular media critically.
  12. Apply the competencies learned and plan a menu/select from a restaurant menu that would meet the requirements for an individual based on the US Dietary Guidelines, MyPyramid, and the Recommended Dietary Allowances.

Testing and Grading
Students who do not need special testing accommodations can take the three required exams from any location using any reliable computer that is connected to a reliable high-speed interaet service that allows access to Laulima. Exams are open book and open note. Students have 90 timed minutes to take each exam.

Points for FSHE 185 Course Grade:
Three exams (50 each) = 150 points
Homework exercises = 50 points
Participation = 20 points
Total possible points = 220

Grading Standard for FSHE 185 Course Grade (total points = 220):
A 100 - 90% or 220 - 198 points
B 89 - 80% or 197 - 176 points
C 79 - 70% or 175 - 154 points
D 69 - 60% or 153 - 132 points
F less than 60% or below 132 points

Course Withdrawals
It is the student's responsibility to monitor enrollment status and withdraw from a class if desired or necessary. If you withdraw from this course, do so according to college policies. If you do not withdraw properly, the instructor is REQUIRED to assign a ‘F’.

Disability Access
If you are a student with a documented disability and have not voluntarily disclosed the nature of your disability and the support that you need, you are invited to contact the Disability Support Services Office (DSSO), 'Ilima 103, 734-9552 (V/T), or email kapdss@hawaii.edu, for assistance.

First-Year Experience Program
If you are a first- or second-semester student with any questions about KCC or your major, please contact the First-Year Experience faculty at kapstart@hawaii.edu or at 734-9245.

UH Policy on Email Communication
The electronic communications policy adopted in December 2005 establishes the University of Hawai'i Internet service as an official medium for communication among students, faculty, and staff. Every member of the system has a hawaii.edu address, and the associated username and password provide access to essential Web announcements and e-mail. You are hereby informed of the need to regularly log in to UH email and Web services for announcements and personal mail. Failing to do so will mean missing critical information from academic and program advisors, instructors, registration and business office staff, classmates, student organizations, and others.

Campus Policy on Academic Honesty
Because the university is an academic community with high professional standards, its teaching function is seriously disrupted and subverted by academic dishonesty. Such dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, which includes giving/receiving unauthorized assistance during an examination; obtaining information about an examination before it is given; using inappropriate/unallowed sources of information during an examination; altering answers after an examination has been submitted; and altering the record of any grade. Refer to the UH Student Conduct Code for further information. Students caught cheating once risk receiving an F for the class.


For additional information contact: Barbara Liechty

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