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Human Nutrition over the Lifespan
FNH 471
Instructor: Dr. Candice Rideout
Office: FNH 249
Office Hours: Thurs 1-3pm

(or by appointment)

Class Schedule: Tu/Th 11:00am-12:30pm
Classroom: West Mall Swing Space
Important Course Pages
Lecture Notes
Course Discussion

Course Description

This course covers the topic of nutritional requirements and dietary patterns of healthy individuals throughout the life span.

The instructor for this course is Dr. Candice Rideout, and she can be contacted via email: or twitter: @carideout (course hashtag #FNH471).

Learning Outcomes

When you finish this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe physiological and psychosocial changes over the life span with implications for nutrition and indicate how nutritional needs and eating behaviours are affected by such changes;
  2. Assess dietary intakes of individuals at different life stages and comment on whether they conform to the guidelines presented in Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating;
  3. Plan nutritional intakes and provide appropriate advice on nutritional issues of concern for health individuals at different life stages;
  4. For major nutrients, describe how and why the requirement changes over the life span;
  5. Think critically about issues related to nutrition across the life span and evaluate sources of nutrition information.

Course Materials

Course Notes: There is no required textbook for FNH 471. Course notes are available for purchase at Copiesmart in the UBC village (#103-5278 University Blvd.).

Additional Resources: Additional resources include the items listed below and other items available on Connect:

  • Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide, available here: (hard copies will be distributed)
  • Health Canada, Canadian Paediatric Society, Dietitians of Canada, and Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (2012) Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants: Recommendations from Birth to Six Months, available here:
  • Health Canada, Canadian Paediatric Society, Dietitians of Canada, and Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (2014) Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants: Recommendations from Six to 24 Months, available here:
  • Canadian Guidelines for Body Weight Classification in Adults (Health Canada, 2003), available here: and

Clickers: Students are required to have an iClicker for this class. Please click on the "Register your clicker here" link on the course website in Connect to register your clicker, if you have not registered your clicker in Connect previously.

Class Format

We will use a combination of lectures, large- and small-group discussions, videos, clicker questions, small-group learning activities, and independent reflection and writing throughout the course.


Activity Date Proposed Value

(% of Final Grade)

OR: Choose the value for you

(% of Final Grade)†

In-class Activities:
  • Mini-assignments
  • Clicker responses
  • Throughout the term
  • Throughout the term
  • 2.5
  • 2.5
  • 2.5
  • 2.5
Online Quizzes:
  1. Life's Greatest Miracle
  2. Canada's Food Guide
  3. How to Live to 101
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • 1
  • 3
  • 1
  • 1
  • 3
  • 1
Case Studies:
  1. Childhood Case Study
  2. Family Case Study
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • 5
  • 5
  • (50% of value)
  • (50% of value)
  • Lifespan Nutrition Q&A
March 10 0-20
Midterm February 25 10-30
Final Exam (cumulative) TBA 45 30-60

If desired, you may determine the value each item will contribute to your final grade. Make sure that the values you choose are within the ranges provided in bold for each item, and that the values add up to a total of 100%. Submit your decision to me by email at by 11:59 PM on Thursday January 15. No changes will be permitted after that date. If you wish to have your final grade calculated using the proposed value of each item, no email is required to confirm this - the proposed values will be used for all students who have not specified otherwise.

In-class Activities - Mini-assignments: Individual and small group activities and mini-assignments will take place in class throughout the term. These must be completed and submitted in the class during which they were assigned. Late submissions will not be accepted. If you satisfactorily complete 90% or more of these, you will receive all 2.5 marks. If you complete and submit fewer than 90%, your mark will be calculated based on the proportion you completed (e.g., if you satisfactorily completed 80% of these, you would receive 2 out of 2.5 marks).

In-class Activities - Clicker Responses: Many classes will include clicker questions as one way to help you be active with your learning during class. Register your clicker in Connect (if you have not already done so) and bring it to class with you each day. If you respond to all the clicker questions on a particular day, you will receive one point for that day. If you earn 90% or more of the possible points available for clicker participation throughout the term, you will receive all 2.5 marks. if you receive less than 90% of the possible points, your mark will be calculated based on the proportion of points you received (e.g., if you responded to all clicker questions in 70% of classes, you would receive 1.75 our of 2.5 marks).

Online Quizzes: Quizzes require advance preparation and study (quizzes 1 and 3 are based on video documentaries, quiz two is based on Canada's Food Guide and the Resource for Educators and Communicators). You will have one hour to complete each quiz online through the course website on Connect. Quizzes will contain both closed-ended questions (e.g., multiple choice, true/false) and open-ended questions (e.g., short answer questions). Online quizzes must be completed independently, and you must agree not to disclose the contents of the quiz to other students.

Case Studies: Information for each case study is provided in your course notes. You are required to review and analyze the information and apply what you are learning in order to answer the questions included in the course notes before starting the online quiz for that case study (online quizzes are available on Connect; note deadlines above). You will have one hour to complete each case study quiz in Connect. Quizzes will include both closed-ended and open-ended questions based upon your analysis of the case study (and the questions included in your notes). These quizzes must be completed independently, and you must agree not to disclose the contents of the quiz to other students.

Assignment: The assignment provides an opportunity to cultivate your curiosity and address your specific learning interests. You will be prompted to identify questions you have related to nutrition at various stages of life, select one of your questions, and provide a clear and concise evidence-based answer to that question (using at least two appropriate papers selected from the peer-reviewed literature). Refer to the complete assignment instructions posted in Connect.

Midterm: You will have 80 minutes to complete the midterm. It will include multiple choice questions, true/false questions, matching questions, and short answer questions.

Final Exam: The date for the final exam will be scheduled by the Registrar's Office later in the term. You will have a maximum of three hours to complete the exam. It will include multiple choice questions, true/false questions, matching questions, short answer questions, and questions based on new case studies.

Course Outline

Date Topic
Jan 6 Introduction
  • Course overview, hopes and expectations, preparation for effective learning
Jan 8 - 20 Nutrition during Pregnancy
  • Fetal development, the placenta, maternal physiological changes during pregnancy, nutrient requirements during pregnancy, nutritional issues during the prenatal period
  • Note: Online Quiz #1 (Life's Greatest Miracle) available 9 AM Jan 16 to 11:59 PM Jan 17
Jan 22 - 29 Lactation
  • Breast milk (composition, properties, etc.), physiology of lactation, maternal nutrient requirements during lactation, nutritional issues during lactation
  • Note: Online Quiz #2 (Canada's Food Guide) available 9 AM Jan 23 to 11:59 PM Jan 24
Feb 3 - 10 Infant Feeding
  • Physiological development and maturation of the infant, formula feeding, Dietary Reference Intakes, patterns of intake, nutritional issues during infancy
Feb 12 Midterm Examination
Feb 16 - 20 Reading Week: No Classes
Feb 24 - Mar 3 Childhood Nutrition
  • Physiological changes, Dietary Reference Intakes, patterns of intake, nutritional issues during childhood
Mar 5 - 12 Adolescent Nutrition
  • Physiological changes, Dietary Reference Intakes, patterns of intake, nutritional issues during adolescence
  • Note: Case Study Quiz #1 (Childhood) available from 9 AM Mar 6 to 11:59 PM Mar 7
  • Note: Assignment due by 11:59 PM Mar 13
Mar 17 - 26 Adult Nutrition
  • Physiological changes, Dietary Reference Intakes, patterns of intake, nutritional issues during adulthood
  • Note: Case Study Quiz #2 (Family) available from 9 AM Mar 27 to 11:59 PM Mar 28
Mar 31 - Apr 7 Nutrition and Aging
  • Physiological changes, Dietary Reference Intakes, patterns of intake, nutrition issues associated with aging
  • Note: Online Quiz #3 (How to Live to 101) available 9 AM Apr 3 to 11:50 PM Apr 4
Apr 9 Course Review and Synthesis; Preparation for the Final Exam
TBA (Apr 14 - 29) Final Examination

Student Expectations

  1. Attend all classes! If you must miss a class due to illness or other emergency, it is your responsibility to obtain notes for that day from a classmate.
  2. Actively participate in the various learning activities in class - this will greatly enhance your learning (and thereby reduce the amount of time needed for additional review prior to the midterm and final exam!).
  3. Respect and make a positive contribution to our learning environment in class. Please arrive on time, turn your cell phone off, and if you bring a laptop, use it only for taking notes. Do not try to multitask in class! Not only will your own learning be significantly reduced, research has shown that students doing non-class activities on electronic devices distract other students, thereby compromising the learning of those other students as well (e.g., Sana, Weston & Cepeda, 2013; read the study here:
  4. Use the slides provided on Connect as a framework for your note-taking during class. Build on the material they contain - and integrate material from the course notes - to create an effective study and reference tool.
  5. Take advantage of office hour time (Thursdays 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in FNH 249) to ask questions, seek clarification, or discuss issues further.
  6. Provide feedback on the course. You will have two formal opportunities to do this: a midterm course evaluation (the results of which can be applied to the remainder of the course) and the official UBC course evaluation at the end of the semester. Please complete these evaluations! Your feedback and suggestions are greatly valued.
  7. Enjoy this learning experience!

Academic Integrity

Academic honesty is a core value of scholarship. Students are reminded of the importance of academic integrity (more information available here: and of the University's regulations regarding academic misconduct and plagiarism, including disciplinary measures (excerpted below and available here: and here:

Ignorance of the appropriate standard of academic honesty is no defence to an allegation of Academic Misconduct. Academic Misconduct that is subject to penalty includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Plagiarism. Plagiarism occurs where an individual submits or presents the work of another person as his or her own. Scholarship quite properly rests upon examining and referring to the thoughts and writings of others. However, when excerpts are used in paragraphs or essays, the author must be acknowledged in the text, through footnotes, in endnotes, or in other accepted forms of academic citation. Plagiarism extends from where there is no recognition given to the author for phrases, sentences, or ideas of the author incorporated in an essay to where an entire essay is copied from an author, or composed by another person, and presented as original work. Students must ensure that when they seek assistance from a tutor or anyone else that the work they submit is actually their own. Where collaborative work is permitted by the instructor, students must ensure that they comply with the instructors requirements for such collaboration. Students are responsible for ensuring that any work submitted does not constitute plagiarism. Students who are in any doubt as to what constitutes plagiarism should consult their instructor before handing in any assignments.
  2. Cheating. Cheating includes, but is not limited to: falsifying any material subject to academic evaluation; having in an examination any materials other than those permitted by the examiner; and using unauthorized means to complete an examination (e.g. receiving unauthorized assistance from a fellow student).
  3. Submitting the same, or substantially the same, essay, presentation, or assignment more than once (whether the earlier submission was at this or another institution), unless prior approval has been obtained from the instructor(s) to whom the assignment is to be submitted.

In other words... Be sure to do your own work! Discuss course work with friends and learn with and from each other as you complete in-class activities and assignments. But make sure you complete all quizzes and exams independently, without the use of aids that have not been authorized by the instructor. If you choose to do the assignment, you must write the report independently and make sure that you are properly attributing and citing sources. Please review resources available through the UBC Library and/or speak to me if you are unsure of how to do this.