1. Contact Information
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Course Description and Credit Hours
  4. Required Texts
  5. Course Objectives
  6. Student Learning Outcomes
  7. Other Course Materials
  8. Outline Of Topics
  9. Exams and Assignments
  10. Grading Policy
  11. Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
  12. Attendance Policy
  13. Notification of Changes
  14. Custom Sections
  15. Statements on Academic Misconduct
  16. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  17. Severe Weather Protocol
  18. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  19. Religious Observances
  20. UAct Statement

Nutrition In Life Cycle

NHM 201-001Fall 2021 | 3 Credit Hours


Deniz Azarmanesh

Contact Information

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UA Course Catalog Prerequisites:

NHM 101 or NHM 102

Course Description

Course Description and Credit Hours

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Class Hours and Location: Tue/Thu 9:30-10:45 am, Russell Hall 354

Course Description: This is a 3-credit course, focusing on examining the nutritional needs during preconception and pregnancy, lactation, infancy, the toddler and childhood years, adolescence, and adulthood and aging. Emphasis is on the relationship of nutrition to physical and physiological growth, development, maturation, and health.

Required Texts

Required Texts from UA Supply Store:

1)    Nutrition through the Life Cycle, Brown, Judith E., 7th ed (Required). Cengage Learning, 2020.

2)    Amer Dietetic / Choose Your Foods: Food Lists for Diabetes (Required)

Additional readings may be posted on the course Blackboard. Students are responsible for reviewing information prior to class.

Course Blackboard: The course Blackboard contains lecture notes, assignments, hand-outs, and other important information. Lecture notes are generally loaded to Blackboard before class.

Course Objectives

Course Objectives: The course’s overarching objectives are to:

  1. Identify physiological, psychosocial, developmental, cultural, economic, and behavioral factors that influence nutritional needs and priorities at each stage of the life cycle.

  2. Describe major nutrition-related concerns at each stage of the life cycle and explain why nutrient needs change during each stage of the life cycle.

  3. Identify and describe delivery of nutrition care through community programs relevant to different stages of the life cycle.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • This course satisfies the following Core Knowledge and Competencies (KRDN) required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Dietetics (ACEND):

    KRDN 2.3: Assess the impact of a public policy position on nutrition and dietetics practice.

    KRDN 2.6: Demonstrate an understanding of cultural competence/sensitivity.

    KRDN 2.7: Demonstrate identification with the nutrition and dietetics profession through activities such as participation in professional organizations and defending a position on issues impacting the nutrition and dietetics profession.

    NHM 201 covers core knowledge requirements within ACEND standards for food and nutrition students, and is a DPD required course. A grade of “D“ or higher is required to pass this course. However, a grade of “B“ or higher is required to meet the DPD requirements to receive a Verification Statement.

Other Course Materials

Required and optional reading materials will be posted throughout the semester. Key announcements and reminders will be sent to your UA email address. It is your responsibility to check your email and the course Blackboard page regularly.

Outline of Topics

Nutrition through the life cycle:

  • Review: Basic Nutrition

  • Preconception Nutrition

  • Nutrition during Pregnancy

  • Nutrition during Lactation

  • Infant Nutrition

  • Toddler and Preschooler Nutrition

  • Child and Preadolescent Nutrition

  • Adolescent Nutrition

  • Adult Nutrition

  • Nutrition and Older Adults

  • Cultural Competency

Exams and Assignments

Evaluation of Your Learning:

There are 2 semester exams and a comprehensive (covers all semester material) final exam. Questions for exams come from all course material/content. Students are required to take exams at the scheduled time. Please bring a pencil and a mathematical calculator to class for ALL exams. There is no sharing of pencils, pens, erasers, calculators, and/or any other materials during a test or exam. Cell phones, ear pieces, headphones, and all other electronic devices are prohibited during exams. In addition, students are to remove any head coverings (hats, hoodie, head phones) for the duration of the exam.

Final Exam Policy: The College of Human Environmental Sciences adheres to the University policy on final exams. http://registrar.ua.edu/policies/final-exam-policy/

There are 10 modules in this class. Module activities include but are not limited to assigned readings from the text and other resources, case studies, quizzes, other assignments, and a variety of activities in MindTap. While not guaranteed, there may be opportunities for students to earn extra credit. Students are advised to read upcoming lecture information prior to class and plan to take notes during the lecture. Provision of the instructors' lecture notes or slides and study guides is not guaranteed. Assignment requirements, instructions, and due dates are found in BlackBoard. Assignments should be turned in according to directions; assignments are not to be submitted by email except at the discretion of the instructor or GTA. The course schedule is a resource for assignments and due dates. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure BlackBoard assignments are uploaded correctly with the appropriate and required content on or before the due date. Students are encouraged to utilize BlackBoard Tutorials and Technical Support for assistance.  

Unless explicitly informed that it is OK to work with others, students are expected to work independently on all course activities and exams (this includes in-class and out-of-class activities). Work turned in for a grade must represent each student’s individual efforts and demonstrate that particular student’s learning competency.

Grading Policy

There are 724 points in NHM 201-001. A students' final score/grade is calculated by the number of points the student earns out of all the activities within the 724 possible points. Any extra credit points are added into the students' final total points. For example, a students' final total points are 630; the students' final grade is B (calculated as 630/724 = 87.0).

NHM 201 Activity Points

Quizzes (3) - 50 pts

Module Case Studies (5) - 100 pts

Nutrition Assessment Compare - 60 pts

MindTap Activities - 114 pts

Semester Tests/Exams (2, each worth 50 pts) - 100 pts

Final Exam - 150 pts

Participation - 50 pts

Attendance - 100 pts

Total points possible = 724

Total final points are calculated In accordance with The University of Alabama grading system the following grading scale will be used: (there is no rounding of grades)

A+ = 98 – 100             A = 90 – 97.9 

B+ = 88 - 89.9             B = 80 - 87.9

C+ = 78 – 79.9             C = 70 – 77.9

D+ 68 - 69.9                D = 60 – 67.9

F = ≤ 59.9

Students are responsible for periodically checking their grades in BlackBoard Learn. This program allows students to access only their record of performance in the class. Students should contact the instructor or GTA as soon as possible if they have questions about grades.

Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework

All work for NHM 201 should be your own individual, original work (unless you are instructed to work in pairs or groups) and is to be submitted per the instructions on the due date. Assignment due dates are found in two places: on the assignment and on the course schedule.


  • Assignments that are turned in to the instructor in class are due at the beginning of class in hard copy--not by email, see previous information on emailed assignments.

  • Late assignments are accepted and graded at the instructors' discretion. If accepted, late assignments may have points deducted (as much as 20% off the earned grade per day). Late assignments will not be accepted or graded at all if submitted more than 3 days after the due date (weekends not included).

Online assignments:

  • Online/ BlackBoard assignments including MindTap are found in the course learning shell and can be completed at any time of day or night, therefore they will be due by 11:59 PM on the due date specified on the assignment and/or course schedule. Online/BlackBoard assignments submitted late are subject to the discretion of the instructor and may receive a grade of zero or a deduction of points as described in the section above. There is no re-opening of assignments or due date extensions. Students are encouraged to submit assignments ahead of the deadline to avoid last minute electronic or equipment problems. Emailed assignments will not be graded unless prior approval and direction is given by the instructor.

  • Please take in to account the potential issues with technology and complete online assignments in a timely manner. Waiting until the last minute to complete an online assignment, such as a quiz, is highly discouraged. Issues with technology are not considered a valid excuse for re-opening an online assignment. It is strongly recommended to use a LAN line and not WiFi when completing online assignments. Students may wish to take advantage of campus resources such as the library.

Make-up Exams: To receive full point credit, students are expected to take all tests and exams on the assigned date. Make-up exams for the two semester tests, Test 1 and Test 2 will be administered on Test Make-Up Day listed on the Course Schedule. Students can make up one of the two semester tests on this day without providing explanation or documentation for missing the test on the scheduled date. Students taking the make-up exam will have 10 points automatically deducted from their grade, so the starting number of points possible on the make-up exam is 40 not 50. It should be noted that the make-up exam may be different than the two semester tests.

In-class activities such as worksheets, quizzes, and discussions are considered part of course participation and cannot be made up. There is no make-up for missed in-class activities.

Attendance Policy

Students enrolled in NHM 201 are expected to attend all classes. Attendance will be recorded by the instructor or designee, via roll call, sign-in sheet, or through an in-class activity.

Over the course of the semester, all students in NHM 201 have 3 excused absences from class/late arrival to class opportunities. As such, documentation for absence/late arrival is not necessary, however, instructor reserves the right to request documentation in extenuating circumstances (as determined by the instructor). Absence or late to class can be combined in any way to achieve 3 excused opportunities, for example: 3 absences or 2 absences and 1 late, etc. All other absences and late arrivals will be considered unexcused and will count against the attendance calculation at the end of the semester. Students needing to leave early are asked to give the instructor prior notification and to do so in a way that is least disruptive to the others in the class.

Students do not need to provide documentation when absent from class unless there is a special circumstance (determined by instructor, Department Chair or Dean's Office).

Notification of Changes

The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.

Face Covering Policy

While the University of Alabama has the indoor mask rule in place, you will be required to wear a face mask/covering properly: over the mouth and nose. This is to ensure the safety of you and your classmates. If you do not comply with this rule, you will be asked to leave the classroom. In such a circumstance, the instructor is not required to provide you with the in-class activities or lecture material. You may temporarily remove your face covering for drinking/eating. However, this should not be done for extended periods of time.

Statement on Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.

Statement On Disability Accommodations

Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.

Severe Weather Protocol

Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.

Pregnant Student Accommodations

Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.

Religious Observances

Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.

UAct Statement

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