Basic Human Nutrition

HLTH 230/3.0

A study of macronutrients, selected micronutrients, energy needs for human performance, relationship of nutrient metabolism to health, consequences of nutrient deficiencies and excesses. It examines how student's own food intake may influence present and future nutritional well-being.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

Students should come away with the following knowledge and skills after
completing HLTH 230:
  1. An understanding of the digestion and absorption of food and how the nutrients and non nutrients have roles in the body and can affect one’s health
  2. An appreciation of diet planning, dietary guidelines, and nutrition labeling and how these are important to health
  3. A broad knowledge base of the Influences and factors affecting bodyweight

Lesson Schedule and Assignment Due Dates

Lesson 1Overview of Nutrition
Lesson 2Digestion, Absorption and Transport and Foodborne Illness
Lesson 3Carbohydrates
Lesson 4Protein and Vegetarian Diets
Lesson 5The Lipids
Lesson 6Water Soluble Vitamins
Lesson 7Fat Soluble Vitamins and Water
Lesson 8Minerals
Lesson 9Alcohol
Lesson 10Weight Control and Fitness
Lesson 11Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating

Final Exam to be written during Final Exam Period


This course is designed as an introduction to human nutrition. Nutrition is a science, and as such, it will require you to learn some basics of biology, chemistry, and most importantly, biochemistry and physiology. While nutrition has its roots in food, this is not a cooking class, but a class about food, the human body and their relationship. The course is meant to provide you with an overall understanding of how our bodies require and use nutrients, non-nutrients and how health status can be affected. You will hopefully gain an appreciation for how incredible the human body is.


Summer 2016
Course Dates: 
May 2 - July 22, 2016
Exam Dates: 
July 26 - 29, 2016


Group Debates (2)


Group Debate 1 


Group Debate 2


Assignment 110%
Assignment 220%
Final Proctored Examination40%

** Evaluation Subject to Change **

Please note this course requires online group work done through a discussion board.  The discussions are not live (real time), but you must be able to post in a timely manner in order to participate in the group work.  Please consider this when looking at your summer schedule.

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.


Jeffrey Lalonde (

Instructor message

Nutrition is something I have always loved and I hope you will too. I have worked as a Registered Dietitian in a clinical setting for over 11 years and have been teaching for 10 years. Taking Basic Human Nutrition online provides an excellent opportunity for you to learn nutrition basics at the times during the week that work best for you. The course notes, textbook, diet analysis program and a bit of research will provide you with all the information you require for the course. In addition, Moodle will allow you to discuss topics with other students or ask me questions to help clarify the material. With the flexibility of an online course, be sure to stay on top of things throughout the term because the material can pile up quickly and extensions will not be granted.  This course will give you an introduction to nutrition and will provide you with very useful and relevant information about diet, nutrition and health. Remember however that one nutrition course does not make you a nutrition expert. Be sure to learn a lot, have fun and hopefully even pursue future nutrition courses, but remember to leave detailed counseling to the professionals.

Jeffrey Lalonde

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 9 hours per week (108 hours per term) on the course.

Course Resources


SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.


Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows Vista/7/8, Intel Core 2 Duo, or Mac OS X 10.8 or higher, Intel i5 processor, 2 GB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, microphone (or preferably a headset), webcam and up-to-date versions of free software (Firefox/Internet Explorer/Safari, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Dates and Deadlines section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

GPA Calculators
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How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.