Nutrition 211 CRN 31281

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Welcome to Nutrition 211 Online (CRN 31281)

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

Important “Get Started” Dates:

You can activate Connect (which includes SmartBook) through our Canvas course starting the first day of class.

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

You will be dropped from the course if you do not access our course in Canvas and activate Connect by the end of the first week of class.

Welcome and special announcements!

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

  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.

Contact information

Email Address:  (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.

Phone Number: please use email and/or connect on virtual office hour on Canvas

Office Location/ Hours: 4034 (on SLO campus)

   Office Hours:   Tuesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm (Virtual on Canvas)


Instructor Contact Expectations: 

  • Please note that Email is the best and fastest way to reach me.
  • I will generally respond within 24 hours. During those times in the semester when things are really, really busy . . . the turn-around time may 48 hours.
  • I generally log off around 7pm every day and do respond to emails on the weekends (however, the turn-around time for the weekend may be as long as 48 hrs)

Course Environment:

This online course will be using a Web-based Learning Management System Canvas as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book. Using the communication tools, you can communicate using e-mail, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and groups.

Class opens / Accessing Canvas:

Prior to the Monday classes start, you will receive an email to your address providing you with a reminder that class will be starting and log in procedures for Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content. You can access Canvas by logging into MyCuesta, then clicking on the Resources Tab, then clicking on Canvas in the Online Learning Channel, or by typing the Canvas address ( into your browser address bar. Do not bookmark / favorite the canvas site after your login, or you will get an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the canvas log in directly.

If you are not familiar with logging into canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference GuideLinks to an external site.. Once logged into Canvas you will be directed on where to get started. Be sure to read all the direction on the course home page.  

If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas after August 12th and need assistance please email me or technical support at this email address: 

Online Learning:

If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself. Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. You should expect to spend at least as much time, if not more on this course as you would on a course that meets face to face. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying, and writing required. This course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face-to-face meetings. Please be prepared to spend 8 - 12 hours per week on coursework for this class


  • First, go to the Online Readiness ResourcesLinks to an external site. to take a "self-assessment”. There are many resources that were designed to help you understand the basis for an online class and the skills necessary for success. (If the tutorials do NOT describe you, then taking this class online is NOT for you and I strongly suggest that you drop the online class and enroll in a traditional classroom section.)

Regular Effective Contact policy:

Regular and Effective Instructor Contact will be met through weekly instructor initiated threaded discussion forums; weekly announcements to students; timely and effective feedback on student assignments; email, phone or messaging to individuals; and virtual office hours.

Course 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 health.
  2. Students will critically review and synthesize the findings in scientific literature and recommend factors to improve nutritional status in at risk populations.
  3. Students will assess the effect of nutritional lifestyle factors on mortality and formulate recommendations to minimize the risk factors for chronic diseases.
  4. Students will investigate nutrition information from the Internet and critique the accuracy and reliability of the information as it applies to health care.

Text Book and Materials

Your course materials are being delivered digitally via Canvas through the Cuesta Inclusive Access program.  Please be sure to access your course materials through the Canvas on the first day of class to make sure there are no issues in the delivery.   You will automatically have access to the course materials on Day One without entering a code or being charged upfront.  After the Cuesta add drop date, your student bursar account will be billed at a discounted rate for the required course materials representing significant savings for you as the student.  If you choose to not have your account be billed, you must “opt out” before the required deadline.  If you do not opt out, you will be charged.  We highly recommend you do not opt out if you are going to continue in this course because this is the lowest cost available for Connect.  After you have paid for the product, you will have access for the remainder of the term.”

Materials Requirements:

  • Connect-Includes the online SmartBook: “Perspectives in Nutrition, Byrd-Bredbenne, 2022 12th Ed" and includes the NutritionCalc Diet Analysis Software (on the first day of class you will activate the book directly from Canvas link). Your myCuesta account will reflect the charge and you will pay from there. You must use this online version, but you can order a printed version additionally if you desire.
  • 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:
  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.
  • Supplemental Materials necessary for the class:

▪ If you do not have Adobe Reader installed on your computer, please do that so that you can read .pdf files. It is free download at: ▪ to an external site.

▪ PPT free Version

Technical Support

Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to If you are having issues with Canvas, you should contact the Canvas Support Hotline at (877) 921-7680, or click on the help button on the Canvas Navigation to report a problem.

If you are having difficulty viewing the course or logging in, it may be because you are not using the correct url: or you are using your phone or using an unsupported browser.


Your learning environment is best accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, using Firefox or Chrome. This may solve your problem! Please review the browser requirements and minimum computer specificationsLinks to an external site. at:



This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class such as extended time on exams or other resources. Please contact the instructor as soon as possible so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. You should also contact DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services)Links to an external site. at 805-546-3148 or

College & Course Policies:

Academic Honesty Policy: [Identify your course specific academic honesty policy]. In addition to my course policy, please note all students attending San Luis Obispo County Community College District at any district site and when representing Cuesta College in any off-campus activity, assume an obligation to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner compatible with the Student Code of conduct. Please review the Cuesta College Student Code of conductLinks to an external site. at:

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.Links to an external site.
  4. Cuesta Academic honesty policy (Student Code of Conduct & Computer Technology Access Agreement): to an external site.Links 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.Links 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.Links 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.Links 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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