Basic Human Nutrition - Online health studies courses | Arts and Science ONLINE

Basic Human Nutrition

Apple and stethescope to represent 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.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the summer term

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
New Learning Objectives for Winter 2022
  • Describe how food is digested and absorbed into the body 

  • Identify the roles of nutrients and non-nutrients in the body  

  • Plan meals for personal consumption demonstrating the importance of dietary guidelines, Dietary Reference Intakes, and nutrition labeling 

  • Assess a diet and recommend appropriate adaptations 

  • Investigate inter-relationships between food consumption, body weight change, anatomical function, and general health within the typical contexts 

Lesson Schedule

Unit 1Overview of Human Nutrition and Diet Planning
Unit 2Digestion and Foodborne Illness
Unit 3Carbohydrates and Artificial Sweeteners
Unit 4Protein and Vegetarian Diets
Unit 5The Lipids
Unit 6 & 7Vitamins, Minerals and Water
Unit 8Alcohol
Unit 9Energy Balance, Weight Control and Fitness

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.


Winter 2023
Course Dates: 
Jan. 9 - Apr. 10, 2023
Exam Dates: 
Apr, 14 - 27, 2023


5% - Video Discussion Activities
15% - Nutrition Basic Concepts (assignment 1)
15% - Balanced Meals (assignment 2)
25% - Diet Analysis (assignment 3)
40% - Proctored Final Exam

** Evaluation Subject to Change **

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.


When you enrol in this online course, you are agreeing to write tests, quizzes, and block theory exams online with remote proctoring. The benefits of this are that you can complete the exam in your own space using your own computer. For each assessment, you will be using exam software developed at Queen’s, which is integrated with an online proctoring system. To ensure a successful exam experience, you are responsible for ensuring that your computer meets the Evaluation and Grading Policies.

8 minimum technical requirements, as described on the course web page, and that you are located in an area with sufficient high speed internet at the time of the exam. You will be given the opportunity to practice the exam initiation process in advance of any quizzes, tests or exams that require the use of this software



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.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ 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 onQ 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 or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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

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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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks, if required, 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.