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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ANG6570
Tracking Number - 2630

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-10-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 5/6/13; pending revision to objectives. Faculty emailed 5/10/13; course put in queue for revision. Ready for review. GC apprd 8/5/13. to USF Sys. To SCNS 8/23/13. Nmbr 6530 Apprd as 6570. Effective 10/1/14

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-10-04
  2. Department: Anthropology
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 120500000
  5. Contact Person: Heide Castaneda
  6. Phone: 8139742138
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ANG
  9. Number: 6570
  10. Full Title: Nutritional Assessment
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): NUTRITIONAL ASSESSMENT
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Overview of basic nutritional assessment methods used in anthropology, nutritional sciences, and public health.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course is an elective for students in biological and medical anthropology.

    Average student enrollment in past semesters has been 14.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 1 time
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Extensive knowledge of human nutrition from anthropological and public health perspectives, mastery of qualitative and quantitative nutritional assessment methods

    The instructor teaching the course needs a PhD degree.

  29. Objectives: ● To examine basic nutritional assessment methods used in anthropology, public health and the nutritional sciences

    ● To learn basic concepts in human nutrition (e.g., nutritional needs and requirements)

    ● To determine which nutritional assessment methods to use when carrying out research

    ● To measure nutritional status using a) nutritional anthropometry, 2) dietary intake methods, 3) biochemical tests, and

    4) qualitative methods

    ● To analyze food and nutritional data

    ● To carry out nutritional assessment research

  30. Learning Outcomes: At completion of this course, students should be able to: 1) determine which nutritional methods to use when carrying out a nutritional assessment; 2) measure nutritional status using a) nutritional anthropometry, b) dietary intake methods, c) biochemical tests and d) qualitative techniques; 3) analyze food and nutritional data; and 4) design and carry out nutritional assessment research.
  31. Major Topics: Nutritional basics; Dietary assessment; 24-hour food recalls; food frequency questionnaires; Analysis and evaluation of diets and nutrient intakes; Anthropometric nutritional assessments; Assessment of body size; assessment of body composition; Analysis and Evaluation of Anthropometric indexes; Biochemical assessment of nutritional status; Assessment of Food Security; Nutritional Assessment in Special Populations
  32. Textbooks: Readings on Blackboard, no textbooks.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: 34 additional articles, various online resources for anthropometric assessment:

    • Interactive DRI for Healthcare Professionals. Food and Nutrition Information Center. Calculates daily nutrient recommendations, including energy, macronutrients, and micronutrients for individual dietary planning based on the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs).

    • MyPyramid Menu Planner. USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. An interactive Web tool where users can plan food choices to meet MyPyramid goals.

    • Nutrition Assessment Comparison Chart. A handy chart for comparing various methods of nutritional assessment.

    • Nutrition Analysis Tool (NAT): University of Illinois. Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. A free Web based nutrient analysis program. Requires log-in.

    NAT is provided as a public service by the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Illinois. The NAT Tool analyzes your Personal Diet List to determine the percentages of such items as: Calories, Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Potassium, Protein, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Vitamins A and C, Calcium, Iron, Thiamin, Phosphorus, and so forth.

    • Portion Distortion Quiz I & II: DHHS. NIH. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Tests your knowledge of portions and serving sizes.

    • USDA Automated Multiple-Pass Method. Computerized method for collecting interviewer-administered 24-hour dietary recalls either in person or by telephone. The multiple-pass approach employs 5 steps that are designed to enhance complete and accurate food recall and reduce respondent burden. It is the method used in ‘What We Eat in America’, the dietary interview component of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and other research studies.

    • What We Eat in America (WWEIA), NHANES. What We Eat in America (WWEIA) is the dietary intake interview component of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). WWEIA is conducted as a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 5 article critiques (10% total)

    take home exam (25%)

    2 presentations (10% total)

    2 nutritional assessment assignments (15% total)

    Research project (20%)

    Presentation of research project (10%)

    Attendance and participation (10%)

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Article Critiques:

    Each student is required to write critiques for any five articles from the reading list (not including the textbook). These critiques should be 1 page (single spaced, one inch margins, 11 font) and should include the following items: 1) a description of the research questions/hypotheses and theory (if applicable), 2) a discussion of the methods and analysis, 3) the main findings, 4) the strengths and weaknesses of the methods, and finally, 5) a discussion of how the article could be improved (addressed in the context of the research questions/hypotheses, methods, and analysis). Students are required to submit at least one critique every three weeks. The critiques should be submitted electronically to me at prior to the date in which the article will be discussed in class.

    Take Home Exam:

    There will be one take-home exam (see schedule) during the semester. This exam will include 4-5 essay questions relating to the class lectures, discussions, readings, and in-class exercises and take-home assignments. The answer to each question should be two type-written pages (single-spaced, one inch margins, and 11 font). Students will have one-week to complete this exam and must turn in electronic and hardcopy versions.


    Each student is required to give an oral presentation (10 minutes) during the semester on TWO of the required readings (students cannot present on any of the critiques that they’ve submitted. Like the article critiques, the presentation should include the following information: 1) a description of the research questions/hypotheses and theory (if applicable), 2) a discussion of the methods and analysis, 3) the main findings, 4) the strengths and weaknesses of the methods, and finally, 5) a discussion of how the article could be improved (address this in the context of the research questions/hypotheses, methods, and analysis). A handout should be prepared for each presentation and given out to the class.

    Nutritional Assessment Assignments

    During the semester, each student will conduct two nutritional assessment assignments outside of the classroom over a one-week period (see syllabus for dates). These assignments include the following: 1) keeping a food record on a limited income and 2) conduct one 24-hour food recall and analyze data. Specific details will be discussed prior to handing out each of the assignments. Students will have one week to do the assignments and the results will be handed in for grading and briefly discussed in class.

    Research Project and Presentation

    Students will work in groups of two or three and carry out a research project that involves nutritional assessment (see syllabus for dates that the abstract and first presentation, the final presentation, and the write-up are due). The project should attempt to do the following: 1) answer at least one research question or hypotheses, 2) be grounded in theory (anthropological, public health, or nutritional), 3) involve data collection on a small sample of individuals, 4) include at least one quantitative and one qualitative nutritional assessment method, 5) include a detailed analysis plan, and 6) provide recommendations that are based on the findings and interpretation of the data.

    Each research team will give a 15 minute presentation at the end of the semester (see syllabus) and write a 5 page (single-spaced, one inch margins, and 11 font) paper with a separate bibliography and appendix (with nutritional assessment instruments). The paper is due by 5:00 on Thursday, December 8th (the last day of presentations during finals week.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Make up work will only be allowed in cases of excused (documented) absences.
  38. Program This Course Supports: MA, PhD, and Dual Degree Programs in Applied Anthropology
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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