Nutrition & Diet Therapy

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information:
    1. Course Description: The course is designed to give the science student an in-depth understanding of concepts of essential nutrition with emphasis on individual nutrition related to health issues.
    2. Prerequisites: There are no official prerequisites. However, the student must be able to read, speak and write proficiently at the college level.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Students will have the opportunity to critically examine scientific issues and problems.  Assessment will be through discussion forums.
    2. Students will be able to effectively communicate with each other and the instructor.  Success will be measured through participation of discussion forums.
    3. Students will be able to work as a team (or group) in laboratory situation or in designated groups on online classes and/or evaluating the online submissions of their classmates in forums.
    4. Students will exhibit the ability to solve empirical and quantitative problems related to Nutrition.  Assessment will be based on the specific assignment.
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. All lecture quizzes are online and do not have to be proctored. Students are allowed to use their book and notes while taking lecture quizzes.
    2. The final exam must be proctored. The student has 2 options for each exam: take the exam on-campus at Western Texas College on the pre-determined date or choose a local testing center (the testing center must be at a College or University). If a testing center is chosen, the student will be responsible for any fees incurred. Students are NOT allowed to use their book/notes while taking the proctored lecture final exam. (*** During the Summer session students must choose the proctor option – there will be no on-campus proctored final option.)
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. There will be a midterm and final (comprehensive) exam.
    2. There are 10 quizzes (*** During Summer sessions this number may vary)
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1.  Required Book: Nutrition: An Applied Approach, MyPlate Edition (3rd edition). Janice Thompson, Melinda Manore. 2012. Pearson. (ISBN: 0321813707)
    2. Technology Requirements & Suggestions: Computer hardware and software suggestions have been provided below. It would behoove you to either own or be able to access a computer with these requirements and suggestions.

PC Hardware

  • Dual Core CPU
  • At least 1 GB of RAM, preferably 2 GB or more
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • DVD +/- RW optical drive
  • Microphone (internal or external)
  • High-speed Internet
  • Access to a printer

MAC Hardware

  • Intel-based CPU
  • At least 1 GB of RAM, preferably 2 GB or more
  • 80 GB hard drive
  • DVD +/- RW optical drive
  • Microphone (internal or external)
  • High-speed Internet
  • Access to a printer

PC Software

  • Windows XP or higher
  • Adobe Reader
  • Microsoft Office 2003 or newer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Flash Player

MAC Software

  • OS 10.4 or higher
  • Adobe Reader
  • Microsoft Office 2004 or newer (or other comparable software such as iWork)
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Flash Player
  1. Other Policies, Procedures and Important Dates
    1. The WTC Catalog can be found online.
  2. Course Organization and Schedule



The Role of Nutrition; Designing a Healthful Diet

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The Human Body








Fluid and Electrolyte Balance


Nutrients Involved in Energy Metabolism


Achieving and Maintaining a Healthful Body Weight


Nutrition and Physical Activity


Food Safety and Technology


Pregnancy & the 1st Year of Life


Childhood to Late Adulthood


**Disclaimer: As always, circumstances can prevent coverage of the material in this chronology and in the expected time frame**



Last Modified: August 18, 2015