Spring 2019 - BPK 311 D100

Applied Human Nutrition (3)

Class Number: 4418

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    WMC 3210, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 24, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 3005, Burnaby

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


  • understand some pathological mechanisms of diseases (see 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 have deleterious effects on fetal development


  • Individual tutorial presentation & participation 9%
  • Midterm exam I 21%
  • Midterm exam II 23%
  • Final exam (cumulative) 47%

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