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HLHSCI 150 - Nutrition - Kelly Bronco

Professor:Kelly Bronco
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Thank you for your interest in taking Nutrition. Hello and welcome! My name is Kelly Bronco and I will be your instructor for the upcoming Semester. I have a BS degree in Kinesiology (formerly a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) for 11 years) as well as an MS degree in Family Consumer Sciences (emphasis in Sport and Exercise Nutrition and Body Composition). I was the Assistant Athletic Trainer here at College of the Canyons from 1999-2004. I have been teaching Nutrition at COC for the past 23 years. I teach this class from a very realistic perspective and I hope that you take the information to heart so that you can make better choices to (hopefully) improve the quality of your life. All of your nutrition experiences vary so I ask that you please keep an open mind and look at both sides of all topics. You may then choose what "side" is the best for you dependent on your needs, goals, and what you feel is important.

Our class is a basic introduction into the ever-changing world of nutrition which can be very eye opening for some. There will be many challenges, issues, and concerns with all the topics we cover. Many of our topics can be debatable but you will be presented with the facts of the nutrients and learn why they are all equally important to you and your health. With knowledge comes power and the power to make better choices is always in your hands. The question is simple: do you want to, can you, and will you make better choices?

Please be sure you READ EVERYTHING in this orientation letter and are prepared to meet all the requirements to take the course. The requirements and expectations are for you to be able to:

  • take this class seriously and conduct your behavior with the highest regards academically;
  • correctly submit assignments in the proper format AND on time (there will be definite due dates/deadlines; modules/assignments will be made available in sequential order to allow for a normal progression of materials that need to be covered);
  • communicate with me as needed in a timely fashion; and
  • fulfill your role as a student should (academic honesty and integrity is HUGE and should be a priority in any/all format a course if offered).

If any of these requirements are not feasible for you, please consider taking the course another time or in a different format.

Course Description

This class introduces the study of food & nutrients throughout the lifespan as well as their impact on the quality of life & disease prevention.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Examine different nutritional components of a diet and the relationship each component plays in the role of health promotion and disease prevention throughout the human life cycle.

Course Objectives:

  1. The student will be able to apply concepts of nutrients to the issues, challenges, and concerns that affect nutritional and dietary choices daily throughout the life cycle to improve health and prevent nutrition related health concerns.
  2. The student will be able to critically analyze foods and interpret the physiologic and chemical effect of nutrients on the body as well as determine if consumption will be a benefit or a detriment to health.
  3. The student will be able to make better nutritional choices as a result of increased awareness by incorporating a variety of foods into the diet that will increase quality of life throughout the lifespan and which are necessary to achieve the goal of health and normal body function.
  4. The student will be able to analyze diet trends and issues and establish whether health is being promoted, quality of life is increased, and disease is being prevented thorough the varying stages of life.

Lecture Based; 3.0 Unit Course; 54 hours; UC/CSU Transferable

What to Expect in this Course



All lectures

  • will be recorded are to be watched/viewed on your own time, HOWEVER, will only be available for a limited time so viewing them in a timely fashion is highly recommended.
  • will be broken down into parts for easier viewing.
  • will range anywhere from 20-50 minutes long depending on the subject matter.
  • will be in depth and more detailed than recorded lectures that are available for the in person and online live classes since we do NOT have a formal class meeting time. 

What is needed:

  • Computer/laptop/tablet (Please note that using a smart phone has limitations in Canvas)
  • Internet Access: Reliable (as much as the internet can be!)
  • Canvas: You will have access to Power Point slides, Lectures, Assignments, Discussion boards, Supplemental Handouts as well as website links that are helpful and aid in classroom learning. Please check Canvas OFTEN.
  • ZOOM: ONLY to be used for office hours and one on one appointments (scheduled as needed).
  • Printer: You will need a printer to print out slides, assignments, & handouts. Please be sure to have adequate paper and ink/toner available.
  • Scanner: Or something to use to scan, upload, and submit assignments into Canvas. (iPhone with Notes app or other apps (Camscanner, etc...)
  • Folder/Notebook/Calculator; Pens/Pencils/Highlighters (red, blue (light/dark), green, orange, purple, & yellow).

Other general expectations and what to do before the semester officially begins:

I expect you to check your email, messages, announcements, and Canvas in addition to READING everything that is available to you often so that you are prepared. I will not "sugar coat" it: this class can be tough. It is a great amount of information that if you need to stay on top of. If you like to procrastinate and not make learning a priority during this time, this will be a huge concern and issue for you as a student to succeed. If you do not make the time to learn, you will fall behind very quickly so please consider the commitment to your education if you choose to proceed with taking this class.

My expectations for my students taking my class are to gain the skills needed to make better choices in relation to food and liquids. We choose what to eat and how much to eat every day, multiple times a day. You have been doing this up until now and you will continue to until you can no longer can. Awareness and knowledge are powerful so gaining both of those are 2 goals I like to present to you as students in my class. Some of you will appreciate that; others of you, not so much. I often say "Sorry! Not sorry!" but if I can help you improve your quality of life because you have learned to make a better choice, then I have zero regrets. The bottom line is this: what you get out of this class will be based on what you put into this class! This is not just a class you need to fulfill a GE or a prerequisite for admittance into a program. Nutrition is a major part of your life and will continue to be as long as you are alive! You can do something about your choices but do you really want to?

Academic honesty and integrity as well as respectable and courteous behavior is expected in any learning environment. Please conduct yourself with respect and professionalism. Being rude; use of profanity or derogatory expressions; intolerant views of others; refusal to follow directions; discourtesy toward the instructor and/or fellow students; not treating others with respect, and/or cheating, WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. Any student who chooses to conduct themselves in any of these ways will be warned ONLY one time. If a second occurrence happens, the student will be dropped from the course. In the event of particularly offensive behavior, the student will be dropped from the course immediately and recommended for disciplinary action to be taken by the College.

What to do before classes begins:

  • All enrolled students, as well as those on the wait list: I will email you the Friday before classes start with a welcome and what to expect email. Please be sure you check your school email before the first day of classes to get the information needed.
  • NOTE: All enrolled students must complete the first class 'check in' assignments (Orientation/Introduction Module) no later than Thursday of the first week that classes begins otherwise you will be dropped. No exceptions will be made.

If you are officially enrolled in this class:

  • Open and check Canvas to gain access to our course at the beginning of the semester ideally. I will publish and make the course available the first day of classes (or the weekend before the classes begin at the earliest). See schedule for full length courses (Fall and Spring Sections) and shortened courses (Late Start, Winter and/or Summer sections)
  • Please "Check In" by going over and reviewing the syllabus, the schedule, and proceed through all of the pages in the Orientation/Introduction module before Thursday of the first week of classes.
    • If you find that the class is more than you bargained for after completing the initial "check in" or are not interested in the way the class is set up (I try to keep your online only experience as 'close' to an in person class as possible), please drop the course and I will hopefully see you in another semester or format. This will allow me to add additional students that are on the wait list sooner than later.
    • Although this is an online course, it is paced similar to the in person and online live classes as not to overwhelm you.
    • NOTE: Please also be advised that the 5 and 8 week classes can be a challenge for some of you to stay on top of the materials.
  • As a reminder, if you do not complete the first weeks assignments/discussions by Thursday of the first week, you will be considered a "No Show" and you will be dropped as per school policy.

If you are wait listed for this class:

  • I will add students only if there is 'room' in the class. Our class limit is set at 35. I will assess if spots are available and determine how many on the wait list I can add, if at all by the end of the first week of classes.
  • Wait listed students will be added in order of their position on the wait list. There is no guarantee that any and/or all wait listed students will receive an add authorization as it is subject to roster space.
    • It will start emailing students on the wait list at the end of the first week of classes if anyone has dropped. Please monitor your email if you are truly interested in adding the course should room become available.
    • If you receive an email that you may add, please REPLY that you are still interested in the class and I will grant add authorization. If you do not add the class by the Monday of the second week, your add authorization will be revoked and your spot will be given to the next student on the wait list.
  • Once you get added, please access Canvas as soon as possible.
    • You will need to move quickly to catch up. Failure to do so will result in you being dropped from the class. 

If you are registered as a current COC student but not enrolled in the class or are not on the wait list:

  • Please contact me if you are interested in adding the class so that I can get you the information about adding. You will be emailed with an add authorization ONLY IF there is room on the roster after all wait listed students who have requested an add authorization have registered and their place in the class has been confirmed.
  • It is unlikely that there will be space available, but you are welcome to email me with the request. It does not hurt to ask!
  • If you are given an add authorization, please register ASAP, and work on catching up just as any wait listed student would.
  • You will be responsible for all course requirements, regardless of when you started the class.

PLEASE NOTE: All students are responsible for all assignments/participation, even if you add after the first day of class, to be turned in ON TIME. If you fall too far behind in the class, it will be very difficult to try to cram all of the information in all at once. There will be definitive due dates for all assignments, discussions, and participation. Failure to check in regularly and/or not completing work two (2) weeks in a row may result in being dropped from the class unless there is some email correspondence indicating a concern/issue. Regular communication is MANDATORY.


Types of Assessments

Assessments include:

  • Assignments:
    • Chapter Activities
    • Discussions: Various discussions about Nutrition related topics that require participation and interaction with fellow classmates.
    • Paper (Library Assignment)
    • Food Diary (Individual OR Group Project)
    • Additional assignments for emphasis on more important course content may be added if the need arises.
  • Participation (weekly activities and discussion boards in Canvas)
  • Quizzes/Exams:
    • All quizzes and exams will have time limits and need to be taken no later than the due date stated on the schedule. No make ups will be allowed.
  • Extra Credit Assignments will be available.
  • The syllabus in Canvas will provide further information as to point value and breakdown of points for all assessments in the class.

NOTE: All assignments will need to be submitted in either doc, docx, or PDF (preferred) format. Please be sure you know HOW to do this BEFORE assignments are to be submitted in Canvas. All assignments will need to be submitted via Canvas ON TIME (it is strongly recommended that you do not wait until the last minute to submit any assignment or discussion reply.) No late work will be accepted so please plan accordingly. "Technical difficulties" will not be an excuse for not getting assignments submitted on time.

Textbook Information

  • Diet and Wellnuss+Program for the Food Diary will be required should you choose to do the individual food diary project. It is NOT required if you choose the group food diary project.
  • The textbook is recommended; NOT required but due to the shift to Distance Learning, the textbook may be extremely beneficial as a reference. The textbook is McGuire/Beerman; Nutr 2; 2nd Ed; (Cengage); ISBN: 9781337097475.
  • Please keep in mind that the text is a supplement to the lectures and is not intended to be used as a replacement for the lectures.
  • All sections of HSCI 150 every semester use the same textbook and diet analysis program.
  • The link to the textbook from the bookstore is:
  • Please note that after the WINTER 2022 session, this textbook is no longer being published. Any student may have a difficult time getting a hard copy of the textbook after this time.

Other Relevant Course Information

  • Dedication to your education and self-motivation are required for any format other than the traditional learning environment.
  • Please check your email and Canvas OFTEN so you are not missing any needed information. If you are not willing to or are unable to do this, please reconsider taking the class at a later time or in an alternative format (this class is offered Online Live, in person, during a full 16 week semester, shortened winter/summer sessions, as well as late start 8 week sections).
  • I strongly recommend that you practice logging onto Canvas prior to the start of class, to make sure any potential problems are addressed BEFORE the first class meeting. This is especially important if you have never taken a class that relies on technology to deliver course content before.
  • For help, you may contact student support ; computer support; or canvas Help. You may also call the Canvas Help Desk in the Tutoring, Learning & Computing Center (TLC) at 661-362-3351, extension 3344 for assistance.

It is our responsibility as instructors to ensure students have a quality learning experience. Please be advised that I am able monitor your activity in Canvas. Discussions will be utilized as you will also need to be able to interact with each other, not just with me as your instructor. All discussions in Canvas will be monitored. I would like for you to be involved as you would if we were on campus so to speak so putting in your time and attention to your education is expected. Please do trust that I am aware of the many of the hurdles students are facing under current conditions and with other life obligations. I understand this but I can only help if I am aware. Please keep an open line of communication with me and I will try my best to assist you. Should you need to discuss with me any concerns or issues or have questions, I will be available during scheduled office hours on campus. I am also available via Canvas email or my school email: You can expect a email response from me with 24-48 hours.

Ultimately, you are responsible for earning a grade in this course! It cannot be emphasized enough that you watch and listen to the lectures, take good notes, thoroughly complete your assignments, discussions, and be diligent with your work and communication with me as you have everything you need to succeed in the class. Do not hesitate to reach out and contact me via a Canvas message, email, or to schedule a one on one meeting if you have any questions, concerns, or when clarification is needed.

I look forward to guiding you through your learning process this term! I hope you are ready to learn!!

Welcome to College of the Canyons and the Health Science Department!!

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 08/30/2023 Sub#: 1645