Fall 2019 - BPK 311 D100

Applied Human Nutrition (3)

Class Number: 7300

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Fri, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 4, 2019
    Wed, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 105 or 205, and 110.



The principles of nutritional biochemistry are applied to nutrition in life cycle - pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence and aging. The second part of the course deals with common disease conditions where nutrition plays an important role in prevention or treatment or both. The course is presented in the Canadian context featuring sources of help on Canadian practice, standards and regulations. Students with credit for BPK 220 may not take this course for further credit.


This applied human nutrition course covers mainly the nutritional recommendations for prevention and therapy, or management, of select diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (e.g., stroke and coronary heart disease CHD), cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, Alzheimer's, as well as energy balance and obesity. The last part of the course covers nutritional recommendations during some stages of the life-cycle, as well as topics related to drug-nutrient interactions, phytochemicals and health.

Number of course weeks: 13
Number of hours of Lecture: 2/week
Each student will participate in tutorials, 1 hour/week

List of topics covered in the course (course units):

  1. Nutrition and energy balance, obesity
  2. Diabetes and nutrition
  3. Nutrition and cardiovascular diseases
  4. Nutrition and cancer
  5. Nutrition and select neurological disorders
  6. Aging and nutrition
  7. Nutrition in adulthood; phytochemicals and health
  8. Nutrition during pregnancy and lactation (other life-cycle-related nutrition topics may be added)                               


  • understand some pathological mechanisms of diseases  (list of diseases in course details above)
  • understand how nutrition can help lower the risk of some diseases such as CHD, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer
  • understand the role of nutrition in management of some diseases such as cancer, diabetes, strokes, epilepsy, Alzheimer's
  • understand some of the physiological changes that occur in different stages of the life-cycle, and the associated changes in nutritional recommendations
  • learn about energy balance and the management of obesity
  • learn about the major nutritional recommendations during pregnancy, and some of the potential diet-related substances that can affect fetal development


  • Individual tutorial presentation & tutorial participation 8%
  • Midterm exam I 22%
  • Midterm exam II 22%
  • Final exam (cumulative) 48%

Department Undergraduate Notes:

It is the responsibility of the student to keep their BPK course outlines if they plan on furthering their education.

Missed Exam:

Students who miss examinations due to exceptional circumstances (such as serious illness or compassionate reasons) are required to obtain a physician's certificate, whereby the physician states that you were unable to write your midterm or final on the set date due to a medical condition beyond your control, or other supporting documents in order to obtain consideration in the course. Such documents must be filed with the Department Chair (via the Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology office) or Registrar within four calendar days of the date on which the examination was to have been written. Exceptional circumstances must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Committee in order for a student to receive consideration. Students must check the examination schedule when making course selections. Students are reminded that final examinations may be scheduled at any time during the examination period and that students should avoid making travel or employment arrangements for this period. In the event of a missed midterm or final examination the instructors reserve the right to give an oral examination of the material. Approximate midterm dates are provided, but may be subject to change.

BPK Grading Policy

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Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html