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What You Should Already Know

Since this is a beginning food and nutrition class, you just need an interest in the subject of food and nutrition and an interest in learning to prepare simple meals and snacks.

Course Learning Outcomes

Once you have completed this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Explain how different nutrients help your body function.
  2. Identify foods containing nutrients that are necessary for good health.
  3. Use ChooseMyPlate.gov to set goals for healthy eating habits.
  4. Safely prepare simple and nutritious meals and snacks.
  5. Identify a variety of careers available to you in the food industry.

Course Materials

This course is self contained; there are no additional academic materials. In addition to the course materials, you'll need:

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Course Organization


There are six instruction units in FOODS 41 and a final portfolio assignment at the end. Each unit includes several units. Each unit includes discussion material for you to read, activities for you to complete, and Self Check questions for you to answer to see how well you understand the material.


Each unit in FOODS 41 includes a graded assignment. For units 1 through 6 this is called a unit quiz. Each unit quiz consists multiple-choice questions that cover the material in the unit.

Portfolio Assignment

In each unit, you will complete some tasks and save the work to turn in at the end of the course as your portfolio. You can learn more about this assignment and the way its grade breaks down by reading the portfolio submission sections.

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The final exam for this course consists of one hundred multiple-choice questions. These questions will be similar to the unit quiz and self check questions.

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The following tables show the weight for each graded event and the grading scale used for this course.

Graded Event Quantity Weight
Unit Quizzes 6 10% each
Portfolio Assignment 1 20%
Final Exam 1 20%

Portfolio Grading Rubric

General Portfolio Formatting & Submission

· Used .JPG files for food pictures

· Food is properly labeled. *(Details on pg. 18 - Name of recipe, Lesson #, your name, date)

· Photos clear and right-side-up!

· Used .PDF, .DOC, .DOCX, or .RTF file format for Lessons 2 & 6

· Lesson files properly labeled (example: Lesson 1 – Broccoli.JPG)

· Lessons submitted in correct order.

Lesson 1 (submit only one)

*Must be correctly labeled to earn credit

  • Broccoli Cookout
  • Corn Bread (entire pan, not just a piece)
  • Banana Bread (entire pan, not just a piece)


Lesson 2 - Lifestyle Analysis

  • Information typed (Pictures of handwritten work will not be accepted.)
  • Information complete and accurate. Using your 2 day food charts, address each of these points.
  1. For each of the 5 food groups, compare and contrast what you ate with what is recommended according to MyPlate. (Fruit: Each day I ate ____ cups and ______ is my recommendation.)
  2. Show knowledge of at least one Dietary Guideline and how it contributes to your diet or lifestyle.
  3. Exercise – what is your recommendation according to The Dietary Guidelines? Example: According to The Dietary Guidelines, ________ minutes of exercise are recommended for me daily. I exercised ______ minutes each day.
  4. Goals - Goals need to be listed and be specific. (How will you incorporate missing foods into your diet? What type of exercise are you going to do each day? )
  5. Regardless of the suggested length, it is important to include all required information for this assignment. This assignment requires you to demonstrate knowledge of MyPlate.


Lesson 3 (submit only one)

*Must be correctly labeled to earn credit

  • Complex-carb Muffins (entire pan, not just one)
  • Stir Fry with Rice
  • Granola Mix
  • Spaghetti Sauce on Pasta
  • Quick Bread (entire pan, not just a piece)
  • Fat-Free Shake
  • Blended Breakfast


Lesson 4 (submit only one)

*Must be correctly labeled to earn credit

  • Apple Crisp (Entire pan, not just a piece. Make sure to show apples, too! )
  • Potato Bar (Potato must be garnished; not just plain baked potato.)
  • Cheese Quesadilla (Cut and plate so cheese shows.)


Lesson 5 (submit only one)

*Must be correctly labeled to earn credit

  • The Good Egg (If cooking egg in shell, peel and plate so inside shows.)
  • Burrito Baby (Cut and plate food so the legumes inside show.)


Lesson 6 - Food & Nutrition Career Interview

  • Information typed (Pictures of handwritten work will not be accepted.)
  • Person’s name and occupation listed.
  • 5-7 sentences summarizing your interview.
  • 3 specific things you learned (bullet these 3 points after your summary)


Total Points


Grade Scale

A 100–93
A- 92–90
B+ 89–87
B 86–83
B- 82–80
C+ 79–77
C 76–73
C- 72–70
D+ 69–67
D 66–63
D- 62–60
E (Fail) 59–0

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

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Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


Summary: 6 computer-graded quizzes and 1 instructor-graded portfolio assignment, may be resubmitted once for a fee

Final Exam

Summary: 1 proctored computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course.

You will have two hours to complete the exam, although most students complete it in approximately one hour.

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension. Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words.

As determined by your instructor or the BYU Independent Study administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:

First Offense of Plagiarism

  • You will fail the assignment and be allowed the opportunity to resubmit the assignment (or)
  • You will fail the assignment and be denied the opportunity to resubmit the assignment

Second Offense of Plagiarism

  • You will fail the assignment and fail the class (or)
  • You will fail the assignment, fail the class, and may be ineligible to enroll in a specific course or any of our courses without going through an appeals process which will determine the severity of your plagiarism

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.