Course Syllabus


Vegetarian. Vegan. Atkins. The Mediterranean Diet. South Beach. The Word of Wisdom. Have you heard of these different types of eating patterns? How do they differ? Are they healthy? Which one is healthiest? Why? We invite you on a journey this semester to explore the science of nutrition, to learn the language of nutrition, and how to analyze food and food patterns. We will discover many aspects of food including what happens to food when we eat and the consequences of food choices/behaviors. We will also take a scientific examination of controversial topics. Food and nutrition are all around us and affect each of us. We promise as you prepare and participate in this class, you will gain an understanding of food and nutrition to help you develop personal healthy eating patterns to improve your health and lifestyle. 



There are no specific course prerequisites; however, to successfully learn the basic science of nutrition, the following should be met and agreed on: 

1. Have a good understanding of the English language, with a strong ability to read and understand college-level instructions and textbooks, as well as communicate clearly with your instructor. 

2. Have a basic understanding of introductory biology, chemistry, and math concepts.

3. Have access to a laptop or desktop computer with consistent access to reliable internet.  (You will be required to take proctored exams that require up to 2 hours of internet access.)

4. Commit to accessing the course consistently, spending 9 hours each week learning, studying, and completing assignments and exams for this course.

Required Resources and Course Materials

  • Textbook: Principles of Nutrition; BYU-Idaho Edition
    • You will be given free access to the text directly in the NUTR 150 I-Learn course and do not need to purchase any additional textbooks for this course.
  • NutritionCalc Plus Dietary Analysis program - online access.
    • Do Not Purchase! Your BYU-I Student account will automatically be charged a $16.10 fee for access through Canvas.
  • To access BYUI videos on the Study Guide and Prep Materials pages you must be logged in to your BYUI account.
  • For exams and quizzes, you need to use Google Chrome for full access.

Proctored Exams and Assessments

This course will use an online proctoring software called Proctorio. This makes it possible for students to take assessments and exams without a human proctor present. Proctored exams can be accessed like any other exam, once the software has been installed. Exams will be recorded by Proctorio and reviewed by the BYUI Testing Center. Any questionable exams will be forwarded to the instructor for further review.  Please ensure you will have reliable and consistent internet service. 

For step-by-step instructions on Proctorio installation, please refer to this help guide article.


Course Outcomes (CO)

If you fully participate in this course, at the end of the semester you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate nutrition information using established recommendations based on scientific evidence and Latter-day revelation.
  2. Explain the basic roles of nutrients in the body.
  3. Assess the nutritional adequacy of dietary intake.
  4. Apply nutrition knowledge to promote healthy eating patterns. 

Major Assignments

Major Assignment Description CO#
W04 Exam 1 50 multiple-choice questions worth 2 points each
W07 Exam 2 50 multiple-choice questions worth 2 points each
W10 Exam 3  50 multiple-choice questions worth 2 points each
W13 Exam 4 50 multiple-choice questions worth 2 points each
W01-W13 Assignments 10-27 points each (depending on length)

W02, W05, W08, W11

Discussion boards

20 points each

W03, W06, W09, W12

Learn and Share

15 points each
W01-W13 Quizzes 15 points each
W14 Final Exam Case Study 50 multiple-choice questions worth 2 points each
W14 Optional Comprehensive Final Exam 50 multiple-choice questions worth 2 points each (This exam is not required, but can replace your lowest Exam score in the course.)

Weekly Patterns

The table below displays typical weekly activities, due dates, and activity descriptions. 

Due Date* Learning Model Activity Title Description
Midweek Ponder/Prove Quiz Quiz over week's content.
Midweek/end of week Teach One Another Group Discussion/Learn and Share Engage in a discussion or activity regarding a nutrition topic of the week. 
End of week Prove Assignment

Personal application assignment.

*Set your time zone within user preferences so the dates and times for course activities will display correctly for your time zone.

Learning Model

The NUTR 150 online class is made up of an introductory overview, four learning units or modules (three weekly lessons each), and a final case study assessment/exam. During the first part of each week, you will complete preparation activities (readings, videos, and a case study), take an open-book quiz, and on off-exam weeks, begin a small group discussion on nutrition issues. During the second half of off-exam weeks, you will finish the small group discussions. Each three-week unit has a personal application assignment providing opportunities for you to apply the nutrition concepts to your life and a summary test. The activities, assignments, and tests in each module build on one another and culminate in a final case study assessment at the end of the semester.

NOTE: The course is not an independent study course. The group learning and teaching activities, although asynchronous, do require students to participate in a discussion board throughout the week.

You are encouraged to learn by study and also by faith (D&C 88:118). The three processes of the Learning Model will help you deepen your learning experience.

In this course, the Prepare phase of the Learning Model is delivered through the Study Guide and Prep Materials, and the Case Studies. The Teach One Another phase is facilitated through the weekly meetings and various discussion boards. The Ponder and Prove phase is measured through the weekly quiz and application assignment.



You can expect to receive grades and feedback within 7 days of the due date for all assignments.


The BYU-Idaho standard for the student workload in courses is about 3–4 hours per week per credit hour (for example, this 3–credit course would require approximately 9–12 hours of work per week). Set time aside in your daily schedule to work on the course.

Your Instructor Can Expect You To:

  • Stay informed! Review all course announcements and emails.
  • Follow directions! Carefully read and follow all course instructions.
  • Review and improve. Read over and utilize the feedback given. 
  • Submit coursework by the assigned due date. Late work will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor.  Please communicate with your instructor as soon as possible any foreseeable problems. 
  • Complete your own work without help from another person or the Internet. Do not use work from current or past students. Do not reuse work from other courses, or this course if you have taken it before.  
  • Practice integrity by not sharing, copying, or posting on the internet any assignments, quizzes, or exams from the course. 
  • Contact your instructor by email if you have questions, are unable to find feedback, or need additional help on coursework.

You Can Expect Your Instructor To:

  • Communicate with you through weekly announcements and/or emails.
  • Reply to emails within 24 hours on weekdays and 72 hours on weekends.
  • Grade and provide feedback on all coursework within 7 days of the assigned due date. Instructors will always provide feedback on assignments. If you don't see it, contact your instructor so they can help you find it.
  • Be willing to meet with you one-on-one (on the phone or through Zoom) by appointment.

Group Work

There is no group work in this course other than discussion boards and learn and share activities.  

Late Work

As a sign of professionalism and respect, you should complete your work on time. Late work is not accepted unless prior arrangements were made with the instructor.

Grading Scale

As with all classes, there will need to be some type of assessment to determine if you are learning the material. During this journey, you will have the opportunity to read and analyze food and nutrition information and apply it in your life. To ensure you are acquiring the appropriate skills, weekly assignments and five tests (four unit tests and a comprehensive final) will help us evaluate your progress. 

There will also be other information assessments such as preparation quizzes, case studies, and group discussions. These activities have been designed to help you make connections with the material you have read and your own dietary choices and to gain skills in online nutrition assessment and revelatory scripture. You will have the most success by completing the activities outlined in each week’s lesson. Active participation throughout the week is important to elevate your learning. This is also part of the Learning Model which you are encouraged to fully implement in this course.

Grade % Score Description





Represents outstanding understanding, application, and integration of subject material and extensive evidence of original thinking, skillful use of concepts, and ability to analyze and solve complex problems. Demonstrates diligent application of Learning Model principles, including the initiative in serving other students.







Represents considerable/significant understanding, application, and incorporation of the material which would prepare a student to be successful in next level courses, graduate school, or employment. The student participates in the Learning Model as applied in the course.







Represents sufficient understanding of subject matter. The student demonstrates minimal initiative to be prepared for class. Sequenced courses could be attempted, but mastering new materials might prove challenging. The student participates only marginally in the Learning Model.







Represents poor performance and initiative to learn and understand and apply course materials. Retaking a course or remediation may be necessary to prepare for additional instruction in this subject matter.
F Less than 60% Represents failure to meet the requirements of the course.

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office. at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Academic Honesty means students do their own work. This also means their instructors will evaluate that work. Students should not be dishonest—this includes all types of work in their courses.  Examples of academic dishonesty include:

  • Plagiarism - using other peoples’ words, ideas, or data without citing, quoting, or referencing the original author.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) - using computer programs to generate answers to assignments and submitting it as a substitution for original student work. 
  • Fabrication or Falsification - creating false or fake information from an original source or author.
  • Cheating -copying other people's work during projects, assignments, tests, or other school work.
  • Academic Misconduct - lying or any other dishonest behavior regarding school work.
  • Unauthorized Uploading or Sharing - uploading or sharing BYU-Idaho course content and material without permission is also a form of academic dishonesty. Students should not upload, share, or find course material without permission from the instructor. Your course instructor may also impose other restrictions on the use of course materials.

Violations of the Academic Honesty Policy may result in consequences up to and including suspension or expulsion from the university.  A suspension means not being able to take BYU-Idaho classes for a certain amount of time. Expulsion means not being able to continue as a student at BYU-Idaho.

Tutoring Services

Free tutors are also available. You do not have to be struggling in the class before you request a tutor. Go to the Academic Support Center for information about how to get a tutor or how the writing, reading, math, and study skills centers can help you increase success in all of your classes. To schedule a tutor for a specific class, visit the Tutoring Resources tab located on the left hand side of your screen. 


If you need assistance, visit the I-Learn Help tab located on the left hand side of your screen to contact the appropriate support center. Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.

Course Summary:

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