Nutrition 211 Sp 2019 CRN 31281

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Welcome to Nutrition 211 Online Spring 2019(CRN 31281)

Instructor: Caryn Coffman, M.A.R.D.

Important “Get Started” Dates:

You will be able to purchase Connect (which includes SmartBook) through our Canvas course starting January 19th.

You may begin accessing and you are expected to access the course in Canvas on the first day of class January 22nd.

You will be dropped from the course if you do not purchase (or sign-up for the 2-wk free trial) in Connect by January 24th.

Welcome and special announcements!

  1. Be sure to check Cuesta's Distance Education Page to see if Online Education is for you:   

  2. This general nutrition class is for the motivated and online-savvy student.
  3. This is not a work-at-your-own-pace class. You will have assignments due each week.
  4. This class is fully online. There are no mandatory meetings.
  5. Nutrition 210 and Nutrition 211 are parallel In other words, you would not want to take both courses as they cover the same general topics. Nutrition 211 covers more of the details of physiology and chemistry in nutrition that individuals going into the health professions will find valuable.


Instructor Contact Information:

Email:  (Use Canvas messaging after course begins)

  • When the semester starts, I am available online (click on Canvas messages to contact me). I will respond within 24-48 hours, Monday-Friday.
  • Make sure you are receiving weekly Canvas messages and regular announcements from me.

Catalog Description

Nutrition 211: Introduction to Nutrition for Health Professionals.

Studies the nutritional needs of the human life cycle and examines the biological function and

chemical classification of nutrients. Relates nutrition concepts to health and disease. This

course is designed for current or prospective members of health professions such as nurses,

physicians, physician assistants, dietitians, dentists, dental hygienists, physical therapists and

occupational therapists.


Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will analyze the nutritional adequacy of their own food intake and write a report making recommendations to maximize nutritional status that can be applied to their own good
  2. Students will critically review and synthesize the findings in scientific literature and recommend factors to improve nutritional status in at risk
  3. Students will assess the effect of nutritional lifestyle factors on mortality and formulate recommendations to minimize the risk factors for chronic
  4. Students will investigate nutrition information from the Internet and critique the accuracy and reliability of the information as it applies to health


Materials Requirements:

  • Connect-Includes the online SmartBook: : “Perspectives in Nutrition, Byrd-Bredbenne, 2019 11th Edition” and includes the NutritionCalc Diet Analysis Software (wait for an email from your instructor one week prior to the first day of class to purchase)

Computer Requirements:


  1. You need a reliable computer (generally no more than 4 years old) and an Internet connection that will not lose service in the middle of an exam.
  2. You need a Cuesta e-mail account (check your Cuesta email every day).
  3. Your computer needs to meet minimum system requirements: to an external site.
  4. Your computer must have all of the capabilities of viewing YouTube, pdfs, PowerPoints, etc.
  5. You must use Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Chrome for Connect. Please avoid Internet Explorer.


College and Course Policies:

Course-specific add-drop policy

  1. You will likely be dropped if you are inactive in Canvas or Connect for more than 7 days.
  2. Adds will be guaranteed to the top 10 students on the waitlist.
  3. Cuesta policy for drops: to an external site.
  4. Cuesta Academic honesty policy (Student Code of Conduct & Computer Technology Access Agreement): to an external site.

Course-specific waitlist procedure

  1. The Cuesta automatic waitlist is in effect until 24 hours before class begins.
  2. Remember that many students can get into this class by the waitlist procedure if they check their email daily; you are given 24 hours to accept your spot through the Cuesta College waitlist process.
  3. I will give add codes to waitlisted students one day before class.
  4. If you are on the waitlist when notifications close Sunday 12:00 am then email me to request an add code, giving me your full name, Cuesta email, and course CRN.
  5. Students have until Wednesday night (11:59 pm) to enter their add codes.
  6. All students (no matter when they register) will be held to the same deadlines for this class.
  7. All students should have read the Welcome Letter in its entirety prior to enrolling in my DE classes.
  8. Cuesta waitlist procedure and instructions: to an external site.

Grades: You are responsible for following your grades in both Canvas and Connect and waiting to email the instructor until 1 week after assignments are due with questions. You are also responsible for any final grade question by the last day of final exams. Grades will not be updated for any reason after the Friday of the last day of classes so check them!

Accessing Course LMS (Learning Management System)- Canvas:

Students will use Canvas (syllabus, grades, materials, directions, links, videos, discussion board, assignments, messaging, conferencing, etc.) for this course.

Canvas Quick Reference for getting into Canvas: to an external site.

Note: All students receive a myCuesta email that can be accessed through the myCuesta Portal ( If you do not want to use this email you can login to myCuesta and set this email to be forwarded to any other email.

If you are having technical difficulties with the login, contact tech support at .

Student Readiness & Time Requirement:

Computer Skills necessary to succeed in the course:

  1. You are expected to already the computer skills for an online class such as saving in pdf, manipulating and attaching files, and using different forms of interactive computer programs.
  2. Computer assistance will not be available for this course. Please consider the half unit- Intro to Online- course before taking this course.

Time requirements necessary to succeed in the course:

  1. You have something due each week in this course.
  2. You may work ahead if assignments are open, but “Discussion/Forum” responses must be done the week they are due.
  3. You will notice partial grades in the Discussion Board as the instructor reads through and grades the posts. Please do not be concerned with grades until the instructor messages you to check grades each week because she may read one of your posts one day and a reply to a different post a few days later.
  4. If you have a disability and might need accommodations (support services) in this class, please contact Disabled Student Program & Services in Building 3300 as soon as possible to ensure that you receive the accommodations in a timely manner. to an external site.

Important Reminders:

  1. It is your responsibility to ensure you are properly enrolled in the course!
  2. You need to check your junk mail if you are not receiving instructor emails weekly in your inbox.
  3. All Exams are timed-the time runs out. Do not click on the exam until you are ready to take it or your time will run out.

See you in class!


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