Course Details

Course Number: EXPH 2333  Section Number: X20

Spring 2011

Location: ( All )

Days & Times:

ON Line course

Course Attachments

Syllabus  NutritionsyllabiSpring2011-20120229-150531.pdf


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Benito J. Velasquez   
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Course Objectives

A directed study of the effects of diet on health and physical activity.  Topics addressed include nutrient

                                metabolism, weight control, health-related fitness, supplementation, pharmacology, and drug interactions. 

Course Expectations


Outline:  The following is a tentative schedule of class topics, exams, and assignments.  Every attempt will be made to follow the schedule.  However, some alterations may be made due to circumstances beyond control.  If a change is going to be made, the students will be made aware through announcement on WebCT.  The syllabus is subject to change at instructor’s discretion.


WEEK/DATE             TOPIC                                                                        READING/ASSIGNMENT

Week of January 15                Start of semester/Classes begin

What Nourishes You? Basis of Healthy Diet                          Ch. 1  and Ch. 2

Begin Assignment #1 and Assignment #2 and Assignment #4

(Assignment #4 is a semester long project and is due last week of class)

Week of 1/23                           Human Digestion & Absorption                                             Ch. 3 and Ch. 4

                                                Assignment #1 Introduction Paper due by 11:00pm Sunday 1/23/2011        


Week of 1/30                           EXAM#1 : CH. 1-4                                               AVAILABLE AFTER 2 PM

        (exam open 1/30-closes 2/2/2011)

                                                Assignment #2 Due Sunday 1/30/2011 @ 11:00pm

Carbohydrates                                                                         Ch. 5


Week of  2/6                            Lipids                                                                                      Ch. 6

Week of 2/13                          EXAM #2 : CH. 5 & 6                                          AVAILABLE AFTER 2 PM

                                                                                                                                      (exam open 2/13 –closes 2/16/2011)


Week of 2/20                           Protein                                                                                     Ch. 7

Week of 2/27                           Alcohol                                                                                   Ch. 8

Week of 3/06                          EXAM #3: CH 7 & 8                                            AVAILABLE AFTER 2 PM

                                                                                                                                       (exam opens 3/06-closes 3/9/2011 

                                                Energy Metabolism                                                                 Ch. 9

Week of 3/13                           SPRING BREAK

Week of 3/20                           Energy Balance, Weight Control, Eating Disorders                Ch. 10

                                                Begin Assignment #4-Eating Disorders                                             

Week of 3/27                           Nutrition, Exercise & Sport                                                     Ch. 11                                    

Week of 04/03                         Fat Soluble Vitamins                                                               Ch.12

Assignment 4 Eating Disorder Paper Due April 9, 2011 by 11:00pm                            


Week  of 04/10                       EXAM # 4: CH. 9-13                                            AVAILABLE AFTER 2 PM

                                                                                                                                         (exam opens 04/10-closes 04/13/2011)       

Water Soluble Vitamins                                                          Ch. 13


Week of 04/17                         Water and Major Minerals & Trace Minerals                          Ch. 14-15


Week of 04/24                         Pregnancy & Breastfeeding                                                     Ch. 16    


Week of 05/01                        Nutrition during Adulthood                                                    Ch. 18    


Final Exams EXAM: CH. 14, 15, 16, & 18                                                         AVAILABLE AFTER 2 PM-May 6-May 11

                                                Assignment # 3 due by 5/06/2011




Online Discussions:


There are no scheduled “chat” sessions.  There are four discussion topics/questions that will be posted.  Each is worth 25 points (possible 100 points).  To earn credit for participation, you must respond to the initial post from the instructor and then post an additional response to another student stating your opinion or providing additional information that is constructive to the discussion.  The discussions allow you to engage and interact with other students.  All posting must be informative and NOT disruptive, rude or contain fowl language.  It is “ok” to disagree, but keep your postings “respectful and polite”.


Course Assignments:  (if you miss a deadline for submitting an assignment, you receive a ZERO)

Assignment Drop Box:  All assignments should be submitted via the “assignment link” and attached documents to the page.  This creates a “drop box” for your assignment to be delivered to me.


Assignment #1-Begins January 15- Submit this assignment by 11:00 PM January 23, 2011.

Introduction= Create a MSWord document that includes: Your full name, Name you want to be called, How to contact you (email address), Major at MSU, Why you are taking this class, What you hope to get out of this class, Anything you need me to know about you.  Submit the MSWord document via the drop box. 



Assignment #2 (1-2 page mini-paper***) Begins January 24- This mini-paper is due by 11:00 PM on February 4th. You need to locate this website and set up an on-line account.  This website will allow you to track your eating and exercise habits throughout the day.  You need to start this assignment on Monday, January 24, 2010.  For one full week, you need to track your dietary intake and eating habits.  On Friday February 4th , submit via the drop box a 3 paragraph paper that includes the following: 1st paragraph: what you anticipated your eating habits to be, 2nd paragraph: what were the results for the week, 3rd paragraph: what you are going to change for the next week.  

Mini Paper= 30 points


Assignment #3 (5 page report***) Begin January 24-This is a semester long project and is due May 6th

Continue to track your eating and exercise habits through September 1- November 27, 2010.  Your final paper for this assignment is due by 11:00pm , Friday May 6th 2011.  You must include the following in your paper:

1st page = your assumptions of your diet before you started this assignment

2nd page = what did you do well each week and what did you do poorly each week. (summarize the weeks, highlight one week in

   particular that illustrated your behaviors. 

3rd page = were you able to change from week to week. (i.e. did your eating habits improve?  did you not improve your eating


4th page = what are your goals for the future after fulfilling this assignment (What are your plans to eat “healthy”)

5th page = how can you educate others after completing this assignment

Final Paper= 50 points



Assignment #4 aka Eating disorder assignment (1-2 page report***)-Due by 11:00 p.m. on April 9, 2011

Eating Disorder Paper= Choose ONE of the following conditions: anorexia, bulimia, eating disorder not otherwise specified, or hypergymnasia.  In a paper, explain the following:

Provide at least 2 paragraphs: What are signs/symptoms of the disorder?

Provide at least 1 paragraph: What are the medical concerns of the disorder?

Provide at least 1 paragraph: How does the disorder you chose differ from others?

Provide at least 2 paragraphs: If your child, friend, spouse, significant other, etc. displayed these signs/symptoms, how will you appropriately handle the situation?


You CANNOT just use the information in the textbook.  You need to list 2 references other than your required text book.  These references can be journals, other texts, magazines, etc.  List them at the end of your paper.

Eating Disorder Paper= 70 points for paper; + 15 points for two outside references = 100 points for completion of assignment



***All papers should follow these guidelines: You need to use 12  point font and Times/Roman in a 1 inch margins (all

       around) Microsoft Word document.  Do NOT change the margins or font or you will be given a 0 for the assignment.

       All documents/submissions must be MSWord document format. You do not need a cover sheet, but make sure your

       name is at the top of the assignment.



Exams= The exams on January 30,  February 13,  March 6,  April 10 and the FINAL exam May 6th -10th  will be given on-line through WebCT.  The exams will be available after 2 PM on the day listed, so as to give you enough time to read the required material also assigned for that day.  Each exam except the FINAL exam will open on the date listed on Sunday at 2 PM and close Wednesday at 11:00 PM.  The purpose of each exam is to test your knowledge of the information for the topics covered.  The format of the test will be multiple choice questions.  There will be varying number of questions with some questions weighted differently than others.  (Some questions will be worth more points than others).  Instructions for each exam will be given prior to your taking it.

EXAM= 25 points each  (5 exams x 25 points = 125 points possible)






Date Due


January 24, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

Mini Paper

February 4, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

Eating Disorder Paper

April 9, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

Final Paper

May 6, 2011 @ 11:00 pm





Discussion #1

Opens January 24-Closes January 31 @ 11:00 pm

Discussion #2

Opens February 21-Closes February 28 @ 11:00 pm

Discussion #3

Opens March 21-Closes March 31 @ 11:00 pm

Discussion #4

Opens April18-Closes April 29 @ 11:00 pm





Exam 1

Opens January 30  (closes February 2 at 11:00 pm)

Exam 2

Opens February 13 (closes February 16 at 11:00 pm)

Exam 3

Opens March 6  (closes  March 9 at 11:00 pm)

Exam 4

Opens April 10  (closes April 13 at 11:00 pm)

Final Exam

Opens May 6 at 5:00 pm (closes May 10 at 11:00 pm)



Grading Standards





Points from assignments/exams

90-100  %

415-373 points

80 – 89 %

372-332 points

70 – 79 %

331-290 points

60 – 69 %

289-249 points

50 – 59 %

248-0  points


Submission Format Policy

All papers should follow these guidelines: You need to use 12  point font and Times/Roman in a 1 inch margins (all

       around) Microsoft Word document.  Do NOT change the margins or font or you will be given a 0 for the assignment.

       All documents/submissions must be MSWord document format. You do not need a cover sheet, but make sure your

       name is at the top of the assignment.


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Late Submission Policy: Assignments/exams are DUE on the posted or announced date by the end of the day. Written assignments must be in the WebCT assignment drop box by 11 PM of the due date. From time to time students may have difficulty submitting assignments via the assignment drop box.  The assignment may be sent to my WebCT mail box OR to Benito.Velasquez@mwsu.edumail box by the 11 pm due date.  Be sure to have your name and assignment title in the subject line.


Late assignments/exams will not be accepted. Missed exams and assignments can only be made up if the absence was excused and the student has proper documentation (Dean of Students or Doctor’s note). All must be completed within one week of the original due date. 

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

none, it's on line

Other Policies



MidwesternState Universitydoes not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s disability and complies with Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in its admission, accessibility, and employment of individuals in programs and activities.  It is the policy of Midwestern State University that no otherwise qualified person with a disability be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination in any educational program or activity at the University.  MSU provides academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic employment and requirements.


Any student who feels she/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Disability Support Services office to discuss your specific needs. Please contact Disability Support Services at 940-397-4140 in room 168 Clark Student Center to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.


Course Policies:



Students should refer to the current MSU Student Handbook and Activities Calendar for university policies related to class attendance, academic dishonesty, student responsibilities, rights and activities.


                “Midwestern State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and complies with all federal and Texas laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding affirmative action Requirements in all programs and policies.  Midwestern State                 University does not discriminate against any individual because of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, or disability”


Academic integrity is expected of all students. Cheating in any form (including plagiarism) will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action.  Remember the MSU Student Creed,


“As an MSU student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so”


Plagiarism:  By enrolling in this course, the student expressively grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and educational purposes. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.