Nutrition (NUTR) 406
Modern Concepts in Nutrition (Revision 5)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Science
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
NUTR 406 has a Challenge for Credit option.
The course provides an in-depth understanding of topics valuable to a well-rounded understanding of nutrition and presents recent developments in the field. In addition, students will enhance their ability to write a critical evaluation of topics in nutrition.
The major part of this reading course will be from Nutritional health: Strategies for disease prevention, edited by Norman J. Temple, Ted Wilson, and David Jacobs. Topics covered include:
- health promotion
- the effect on health of the dietary intake of n-3 fatty acids, fish oil, phytochemicals, and alcohol
- the role of diet in cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension
- the role of maternal and fetal nutrition in disease in later life
- nutritional epidemiology
- genetic engineering
- the marketing of dietary supplements
- the food industry and political influence
Students will also read a number of research articles, complete three assignments, and write a final examination. In order to complete the assignments, students require access to either the Internet or a research library, preferably both.
To receive credit for NUTR 406, you must:
- Submit all three assignments and obtain a mark of at least 60 percent on each;
- Obtain at least 55 percent on the examination;
- Obtain an overall course mark of at least C– (60 percent).
The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Norman J. Temple, Ted Wilson and David Jacobs, eds. 2012. Nutritional health: Strategies for disease prevention, third edition. Humana Press.
All other materials will be available to students online; including a student manual and study guide.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
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Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 5, Nov 9, 2018.
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