Summer 2023 - BPK 110 D100

Human Nutrition: Current Issues (3)

Class Number: 3651

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Aug 4, 2023: Tue, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 11, 2023
    Fri, 8:30–11:30 a.m.



An introduction of the principles of human nutrition with an emphasis on topics of current interest. The material is presented in a Canadian context to focus on nutrition practices and problems in this country. Students will gain an understanding of factors affecting food selection and the role of nutrition in maintaining good health. Students will develop the ability to discriminate between reliable and unreliable information on the subject of food and nutrition. Breadth-Science.


13 weeks; 2 hours of lecture plus one hour of tutorial per week.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Dietary Recommendations and Food Policy
  • Digestion, Absorption, and Metabolism
  • Water
  • Carbohydrates
  • Lipids
  • Protein
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Energy Balance
  • Nutrition for Physical Activity



  • Give an overview of the various methods used to study nutrition including their strengths and limitations
  • Critically evaluate nutrition sources for credibility
  • Record and analyze one’s diet, compare it to current nutritional recommendations and suggest realistic areas for improvement
  • Give an overview of Canadian health policy with respect to nutrition, including the food guide and labelling requirements
  • Describe the process and structures involved in digestion and absorption
  • Outline the stages of cellular respiration and differentiate between the metabolic breakdown of sugars, amino acids and fatty acids
  • Describe the structure and function of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water
  • Describe how nutrition plays a role in various conditions including diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cancer, gastroesophageal reflux, diverticulosis, diarrhea, constipation
  • Describe conditions related to micronutrient deficiencies and excesses
  • Describe the nutrition-related causes of energy imbalance and outline approaches for achieving healthy energy balance
  • Outline how and when the various nutrients are used to fuel physical activity


  • Participation 10%
  • Quizzes 15%
  • Dietary Analysis Assignment 15%
  • Midterm 25%
  • Final Exam 35%



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