NAT160 - Natural Science: Nutrition

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Subject Title
Natural Science: Nutrition

Subject Description
This subject introduces students to the science of nutrition, making connections between the food we eat, the nutrients we need, and the roles they play in maintaining optimal health. Students will learn how to evaluate food labels and how to achieve adequate nutrient intake, while considering various diets and dietary restrictions.They will gain insight into the ways our food choices can increase or decrease the risk of illness and chronic disease.  Food additives, nutritional claims, trends and controversies will also be explored and critically evaluated.

Credit Status
Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Sciences and Social Sciences category.

Due to similar content covered in other general education courses and academic programs, the following students will not be able to take NAT160 as a General Education credit:

  • Students enrolled in the Esthetician program
  • Students enrolled in the Fitness and Health Promotion program
  • Students who have taken NAT112, NAT150, or NAT280 as a General Education credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the functions of the components of the digestive system to explain how the body converts food into nutrients it can use.
  2. Explain the roles of the major food nutrients in relation to the production of energy, maintenance of body tissues, regulation of body processes, and the prevention of illness.
  3. Discuss the concepts of energy balance, obesity, overweight and underweight to identify strategies for weight management and optimal health.
  4. Compare the calorie and nutrient content of different foods to develop a balanced diet with adequate nutrient intake.
Evaluate food labels, nutritional claims, trends, and controversies to make informed dietary choices

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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