Montgomery College 2023-2024 Catalog 
    Sep 25, 2023  
Montgomery College 2023-2024 Catalog
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NUTR 101 - Introduction to Nutrition


Study of nutrition as it relates to health and disease. Includes functions of nutrients; factors affecting nutrient intake, absorption, and utilization; and nutrient needs during the life cycle and illness. Emphasis on planning and preparing daily diets for optimal health. Course concludes by applying the principles of diet modifications to the treatment of disease. Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101 /ENGL 011 MATH 050 , appropriate score on the mathematics placement test, or consent of department. Three hours each week.

3 semester hours

May not be taken concurrently with MATH 017  or MATH 020  or MATH 030  or MATH 045  without appropriate Math assessment score.

Course Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Describe the major classes of nutrients, their functions in the body and consequences of deficiencies or excesses.

  • Identify food sources of nutrients and demonstrate how to translate diet planning principles into food choices.

  • Use the scientific method in order to identify and interpret credible nutrition research studies.

  • Identify several types of experimental designs used in nutrition research and the proper use and interpretation of findings from each type.

  • Explain the process used to develop and periodically update dietary recommendations and standards based on newer published scientific findings.

  • Identify cultural, social and economic influences and other factors on food choices and eating behaviors.

  • Describe interrelationships between diet and diseases in the United States and worldwide.

  • Describe the basic anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract and the physical and chemical digestion of foods. Identify conditions altering gastrointestinal tract function.

  • Critically analyze and assess the quality of diets using appropriate software, and make recommendations for improvement.

  • Evaluate nutrition information from professional and consumer sources for scientific accuracy and reasonableness.

  • Demonstrate the ability to use electronic data to research, analyze and translate science concepts into everyday language.

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