Spring 2019 - BPK 110 D100

Human Nutrition: Current Issues (3)

Class Number: 4293

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    SSCB 9200, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 11, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SSCC 9001, Burnaby

    Apr 11, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 3159, Burnaby



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 classes
2 hours lecture, 1-hour tutorial   

Lecture Topics:

  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Guidelines for a Healthy Diet
  • Digestion: From Meals to Molecules
  • Carbohydrates: Sugars, Starches and Fibres
  • Lipids: Oils, Fats, Phospholipids, and Sterols
  • Proteins and Amino Acids
  • Vitamins
  • Water and Minerals
  • Energy Balance and Weight Management
  • Nutrition, Fitness, and Physical Activity
  • Loose Ends: Alcohol, Genetically Modified Foods, Food Safety and Feeding the World                                   


At the end of the semester, students will be able to:

  • Outline the structure and function of carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and water and their role in health and disease
  • Analyze and reflect upon their own diet and compare it to recommendations
  • Critically evaluate nutrition sources for credibility
  • 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


  • Quizzes 10%
  • Tutorial Assignments: 5%
  • Lecture Attendance/Participation 10%
  • Midterm Examination: 20%
  • Diet Analysis 25%
  • Final Examination 30%



Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

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