Syllabus for BIO-208
THE SCIENCE OF NUTRITION
The Science of Nutrition is designed for two audiences: (1) majors in health sciences, allied health, and nutrition-dietetics who require an introduction to a nutrition course as part of their degree requirement and (2) non-majors who want to apply nutritional requirements to their lives and the lives of their families.
The primary goal of this introductory nutrition course is to increase your knowledge and understanding of nutrition and how it plays a crucial role in aspects of your existence. With nutritional knowledge that is accurate and scientifically based, you can become critical thinkers and develop problem-solving skills that can help you live a healthier, successful life.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbooks and software are available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
Required Textbook and Course Guide
The Science of Nutrition is a three-credit online course consisting of ten (10) modules. Modules include study materials and activities. Module titles are listed below.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments and a Diet Analysis Project, and take two proctored online examinations—a midterm and a final. See below for more details.
Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.
The Science of Nutrition has five (5) graded Internet activities and online discussions. We start out, however, with an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1.
Communication among fellow students and with the mentor is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a posted question (discussion thread) and subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.
You are required to complete nine (9) written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.
Written assignments generally consist of two essay questions; Written Assignment 9 has four essays. The questions come from Practice Test essay questions in the course guide and from chapter study questions in the textbook. They may deal with text material or information from the course guide. To answer the questions, you need to have read the Study Materials associated with the course module.
Answer the essay questions as completely as possible. Your answer to each question should be no more than 250–300 words (or approximately one typed, double-spaced page).
When using material from your readings, be sure to cite it properly by giving page numbers in parentheses or using footnotes or endnotes. Do not merely copy answers from your reading materials. Formulate answers in your own words, citing page numbers in text materials where you feel it is appropriate. You may also cite outside sources (to strengthen your answers).
Your answers to assignment questions should be well developed and should show evidence of thought, organization, effective writing, and of course responsiveness to the questions! Please make sure you edit and proofread your work before submitting it. Gross errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation distract from what you are writing and compromise the credibility of your work.
You are required to take two (2) proctored online examinations: a midterm exam and a final exam. Both exams require that you use the College's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.
The midterm exam is a closed-book exam. It is two hours long and covers lessons 1–13 of the Student Course Guide and the associated video programs and textbook reading. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions (part 1) and a choice of essay questions (part 2). To prepare for the exam, review all Practice Test questions and assignment essays.
The final exam is a closed-book exam. It is two hours long and covers lessons 14–26 of the Student Course Guide and the associated video programs and textbook reading. The Diet Analysis Project is also covered. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions and a choice of essay questions. To prepare for the exam, review all Practice Test questions and assignment essays.
Online exams are administered through the course Web site. Consult the course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.
Statement about Cheating
You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:
If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.
A unique feature of this nutrition course is the required Diet Analysis Project incorporated into the final assignment and due at the end of the semester. You will also submit a brief outline of the project as a required but ungraded preliminary exercise early in the semester.
The project enables you to apply what you have learned in the course while you complete it. It incorporates both the "Diet Analysis Project" section of the course guide and the Diet Analysis Plus software. For an outline of the project, see the back of the course guide.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
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Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:
Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.
A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.
If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.
Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > "Citing Sources.")
Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else's. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.
Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.
Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.
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