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Course Syllabus
Nutrition and Aging
 Amy Nickerson, MS, RD & Dana Notte, MS, RD
Tuesday, 1:00
3:45 p.m.
The course will be offered as hybrid, rotating each week between a face-to-face classmeeting and an on-line meeting. Students are expected to have completed NFS 43(Fundamentals of Nutrition) and NFS 143 (Nutrition in the Lifecycle). The in class meetingswill be mostly a discussion-based format that includes review of relevant literature and groupcompletion of case scenarios. The on-line component will incorporate a discussion boardthat requires completion of reading assignments. There will be weekly quizzes and acomprehensive term project that incorporates the issues facing older adults and community-based solutions to those challenges. A significant portion of the semester grade earned willbe dependent on class engagement and active participation. Enrollment will be limited to 20students.
To provide an overview of the connections between older adult nutrition and health, qualityof life and ability to live independently.
1) Identify the priority nutrient needs for older adults related to physiologicalchanges that occur with aging2) Describe the impact of food and nutrition on older adult health3) Explain how malnutrition impacts functionality and quality of life (connections to ADL and IADL limitations; health-related QOL))4) Select appropriate screening methods to identify older adults at risk for malnutrition5) Outline nutrition-/health-related federal and state policy efforts designed toimprove the health and well-being of community dwelling older adults6) Assess the adequacy of home and community based nutrition services thatsupport independent living for older adults
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General Course Information
at all on-site meetings is expected. Class will meet on-site every other week for 2.75 hours. Duringthe on-line weeks, attendance is expected and will be determined by timely participation in the online discussionboards. See
“Attendance E
outlined below.
comprises a large portion of your final grade and all students are expected to actively engage andparticipate in classroom and
online discussions. See “Contributions in Class” section below for specific
must be completed and submitted on time. If an assignment cannot be submitted on time aninstructor must be notified in advance to make appropriate and alternative arrangements. Consideration for extensions and submission of late assignments will be given on a case-by-case basis.
Special accommodations
will be granted to students who provide sufficient documentation from the ACCESSoffice. In keeping with University policy, any student with a documented disability interested in utilizingaccommodations should contact ACCESS, the office of Disability Services on campus. ACCESS works withstudents to create reasonable and appropriate accommodations via an accommodation letter to their professorsas early as possible each semester. The student must initiate contact with the ACCESS office and courseinstructors within the first 2 weeks of the semester.
Religious holiday.
Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. If you need to miss class toobserve a religious holiday, please submit the dates of your absence to an instructor in writing by the end of thesecond full week of classes. You will be permitted to make up work within a mutually agreed-upon time.
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 Attendance is essential to the successful completion of this course. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each on-site class and will be determined based on participation during online weeks. If you know in advancethat you will miss a class you must contact an instructor as soon as possible so that the appropriatearrangements can be made.Each unexcused absence will result in points being deducted from your final grade (5 points per absence).Three or more unexcused absences will result in a grade of F. In addition, late arrival to class will affect your grade. Arriving to class >20 minutes late on three or more occasions will be the equivalent of one unexcusedabsence.The instructors understand that occasionally there are extenuating circumstances for which you cannot prepare.In cases of illness or emergency please let an instructor know as soon as possible if you will be late to, or absent from, class. You will still be held responsible for the material covered in class and meeting assignmentdeadlines.
Class meetings will be largely discussion based and focus on readings, or other materials, assigned for reviewoutside of class and topic specific case scenarios. Students are expected to come to class having completed allassignments and prepared to discuss their content. On-site meetings will consist of whole class and small groupdiscussions and activities. All students are expected to contribute equally.Classes that are held online will include a discussion boards with the expectation that students are postingoriginal responses to discussion questions as well as responses to classmate postings. When posting to adiscussion board please be mindful of the following:
Follow the rules of the English language. Proofread your posts before submitting to ensure accuracyand clarity. Use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Avoid using abbreviations and symbols toconvey your thoughts.
Be respectful of others. It’s okay to share a different opinion but it should
never be done at the expenseof a classmate. Be courteous and considerate when stating a difference of opinion.
Avoid using ALL CAPS to convey a message or make a point. It implies yelling and may bemisinterpreted.
In accordance with UVM’s Code of Academic Integrity(
http://www.uvm.edu/policies/student/acadintegrity.pdf ) students may not plagiarize, fabricate, collude, or cheat. Students are expected to read and fully understand the
university’s academic integrity policy. Violations of this policy will not be tolerated and can result in dismissal
from the university.
This is a hybrid course. Fifty-percent of this class is internet-based and will require regular access to theBlackboard portal. This is where assignments will be posted, quizzes will be completed, and discussion boardswill be accessed. This is also where you can expect to find instructor updates and announcements about thecourse.

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