N_D 541 01

ND 541 - Biochemical and Physiological Basis of Nutrition: Macronutrients

2021 Fall Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 8491

Course Information

You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

We have several times that we meet live as a group through Zoom. The following dates and times we will have Zoom class time:

Thursdays: September 2nd, September 30th, November 4th, and December 2nd

5:00-7:00 PM Central Time

Zoom Link in Blackboard

Times and Location

Does Not Meet in UND Online
R 5pm-7pm in UND Online

Instructor Information

Anne Bodensteiner, Ph.D., RDN, LRD

Assistant Clinical Professor and Program Director

About the Professor

I am the nutrition graduate program director and teach many of our graduate courses at UND. In my previous work I have coached people 1:1 on their genetics associated with nutrition, their gut microbiome, and have worked in health education and promotion. I am excited to share this knowledge with you. My life exists online as I am a distance faculty member. I prefer to be called Anne, Dr. Bodensteiner, or Dr. Anne.

  • Check out the “About me video” in week 1 materials.

Course Description

Integration of the molecular, cellular, and physiologic aspects of macronutrient and energy metabolism in humans. Dietary energy, carbohydrates, fiber, lipids, proteins, nutritional interactions and metabolic consequences with emphasis on recent advances in macronutrient nutrition are explored.

Integration of the molecular, cellular, and physiologic aspects of macronutrient and energy metabolism in humans. Dietary energy, carbohydrates, fiber, lipids, proteins, nutritional interactions and metabolic consequences with emphasis on recent advances in macronutrient nutrition are explored.

N&D 541 will address the following ACEND-required Knowledge (KRD’s) and competencies (CRD’s) for registered dietitians: After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

  • KDRN 1.1 - Demonstrate how to locate, interpret, evaluate and use professional literature to make ethical, evidence-based practice decisions
    1. Case study assignments 1, 2, and 3
  • KDRN 1.2 - Use current information technologies to locate and apply evidence-based guidelines and protocols
    • Case study assignments 1, 2, and 3
  • KDRN 1.3 - Apply critical thinking skills.
    • Case study assignments 1, 2, and 3
  • KDRN 2.1 - Demonstrate effective and professional oral and written communication and documentation
    • Partner discussions 1, 2, and 3

    • Case study assignments 1, 2, and 3

  • CDRN 1.5 - Conduct projects using appropriate research methods, ethical procedures and data analysis
    • Case study assignments 1, 2, and 3

Learning Outcomes

Welcome to the extremely exciting world of advanced human nutrition and metabolism. This is where the connections between human physiology and biochemistry meet, with a touch of microbiology and biology. You will begin a deep dive into the connections of the human body and the importance of food as fuel. This course will focus on the three macronutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate or graduate biochemistry and physiology.


After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge of biochemistry and human physiology with nutrition
  2. Integrate the processes of digestion, absorption, metabolism, and functions of macronutrients.
  3. Explain the relationships of the major pathways of energy metabolism and their regulation during differing physiological states.
  4. Apply knowledge of human nutrition and metabolism to real-life scenarios

Course Materials

Gropper SS, Smith JL. Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism. 7th Ed. Belmont: Wadsworth, 2016.

ISBN: 9781305627857

Additional readings consisting of current peer-reviewed journal articles and other materials relevant to course topics may be assigned (these will be provided to students on the course website).

Technical Requirements/Assistance

You will use Microsoft Word to complete assignments (files created using Pages in Apple can be saved as a Word file before submitting). Students are expected to use their official UND email in the course. Visit the Office 365 Email webpage for information on your UND email and how to download/install a free version of Microsoft Office. For technical assistance, please contact UND Technical Support at 701.777.2222. Visit the University Information Technologies (UIT) website for their hours, help documents and other resources.

Minimum Technical Skills Needed

In order to succeed in this course, at a minimum, you should be able to:

  • Navigate in and use basic Blackboard functions
  • Download and open electronic documents
  • Create, save, and upload/attach electronic documents
  • Send, receive, and manage email
  • Have a camera and microphone on your computer to participate in class and create presentations

Course Logistics

Access and Log in Information

This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: http://blackboard.UND.edu and log in with your NDUS.Identifier, Username and Password. If you do not know your NDUS Identifier or have forgotten your password, please visit Your NDUS Account page on the UIT website.

Course Overview

This course is organized into 16 weeks. Each week will have a folder in Blackboard under “Weekly Content and Assignments” and will contain a variety of links to the required readings, videos, lectures, and assignments. Class meetings, quizzes, partner discussions, and other assignments will be used to assess your comprehension and completion of the course objectives. New content will be posted at least one week in advance of any assignment or quiz that is due.

To get the most from your experience, I recommend that you consider the following:

  • Review the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard
  • Organize your schedule and make note of important due dates
  • Create a habit for your learning. Online courses require higher levels of self-direction and creating a schedule can be helpful for students.
  • Email Anne with questions or concerns as they come up
  • Participate fully and in a timely manner to get the benefit of learning from your peers and instructor

Many services are available to UND students such as writing assistance from the UND Writing Center, free online tutoring from Smarthinking, and more. Visit the Student Resources page for more information. Students also have access to the UND Student Resource Site via Blackboard. It is recommended that you become familiar with the tools and tutorials within the site to better equip you in navigating the course.

Course Requirements/Expectations

Students and faculty members each have a role in learning. Outlined here are the things you can expect from me as your instructor and things I expect from you.


Students are expected to:

  • Log in regularly to the class site in Blackboard
  • Use respectful language when communicating with the instructor
  • Submit assignments on time (see policy on late assignments)
  • Ask questions about materials/information that is not clear
  • Listen to all lectures and read assigned materials
  • Attend class sessions and actively participate
  • Know the due dates for assignments and dates for class sessions (see schedule)
  • Use UND email and check it regularly


The instructor is expected to:

  • Use respectful language when communicating with students
  • Respond to questions/emails/phone calls within 48 hours on the weekday/business days
  • Provide multiple methods/modes of learning and assessment
  • Review feedback from course evaluations to make changes/improvements to the course
  • Provide resources as needed to support your individual learning needs
  • Provide meaningful and useful feedback to improve your learning in graduate school
  • Provide feedback on assignments within 1-2 weeks of submission (1 week for shorter work and allow 2 weeks for final projects/papers)



Announcements will be posted in Blackboard on a regular basis. Be sure to check the class announcements regularly as they will contain important information about class assignments and other class matters.


I welcome your questions with phone calls or email and we can set up a scheduled time to talk as well! I will respond back to you within 48 hours during the week and may not respond on the weekend/Holidays until the next business day.

Course Etiquette

When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Always use professional language (no netspeak) in your postings and emails. Please be respectful of your classmates at all times even if you disagree with their ideas.


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Case Studies

Three case studies will be assigned throughout the semester. The purpose is to stretch your understanding of the vast connections between human health and food. You will integrate your knowledge of biochemistry, biology, and human metabolism to problem solve real-life scenarios.

Quizzes (0%)


The purpose of the quizzes is to help you identify key points of the reading and have the information readily accessible in your mind.  You are not required to memorize information that you have on hand; therefore, you will have three hours to complete the quizzes and you may refer to any resources to support your answer

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Class Preparation and Meetings

We have four scheduled times to meet through Zoom this semester. It is critical that you come prepared for our class sessions and discussion. At least one week before we meet, the required prep materials will be posted in Blackboard, along with the link for our meeting session. Please be prepared with your web cam and microphone to participate in these discussions.

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Partner Discussions

Your classmates are a wealth of information and have a broad range of experiences. In graduate school it is important to hear from and interact with others. You will utilize Zoom to meet with your partner and together discuss the required content and submit (as a team) your prep work, the recap of your discussion, and the mini-assignment. The requirements for each partner discussion will be posted in Blackboard.

Schedule of Topics and Assignments

Week of Reading(s): Agenda/Topic: Due:
8/26 Textbook pages 1-25 Welcome
Chapter 1 - The Cell
9/2 Textbook pages 29-41 Chapter 2 - Digestive Tract Class Prep Due 9.2 by 5:00 PM
Class Meeting 5-7 PM CT 9.2
9/9 Textbook pages 41-59 Chapter 2 - Digestive Tract Quiz #1 Due 9.9
9/16 Textbook pages 63-78 Chapter 3 - Carbohydrates
Structure - Distribution
9/23 Textbook pages 78-91 Chapter 3 - Carbohydrates cont.
Glycemic response - The Shuttle Systems
Partner Discussion #1 Due 9.23
9/30 Textbook pages 92-107 Chapter 3 - Carbohydrates cont.
ATP - end of the chapter
Class Prep Due 9.30 by 5:00 PM
Class Meeting 5-7 PM CT 9.30
Quiz #2 Due 9.30
10/7 Textbook pages 113-126 Chapter 4 - Fiber Quiz #3 Due 10.7
10/14 Textbook pages 131-148 Chapter 5 - Lipids
Structure - Digestion
Case Study #1 Due 10.15
10/21 Textbook pages 148-163 Chapter 5 - Lipids
10/28 Textbook pages 163-185 Chapter 5 - Lipids
Integrated Metabolism - Perspective
Partner Discussion #2 Due 10.28
Quiz #4 Due 10.28
11/4 Textbook pages 187-202 Chapter 6 - Proteins
Class Prep due 11.4 by 5:00 PM
Class Meeting 5-7 PM CT 11.4
Case Study #2 Due 11.4
11/11 Textbook pages 202-218 Chapter 6 - Proteins
Hepatic Catabolism - Protein Structure/Org.
11/18 Textbook pages 219-239 Chapter 6 - Proteins
Functional Roles - Interorgan Flow
Partner Discussion #3 Due 11.18
11/25 Thanksgiving Week
12/2 Textbook pages 239-260 Chapter 6 - Proteins
Interorgan Flow - Perspective
Class Prep due 12.2 by 5:00 PM
Class Meeting 5-7PM CT 12.2
Quiz #5 Due 12.2
12/9 Textbook pages 261-281 Chapter 7 - Integration & Regulation of Metabolism
Energy Homeostasis - Hormonal Control
Case Study #3 Due 12.10
Quiz #6 Due 12.10

Course Policies

Assessment & Grading

This course is made up of a series of assignments and assessments to assist you in achieving the course learning objectives/outcomes. Each week you will work on a combination of assignments, activities, discussions, readings, research, etc.

Grading Breakdown

  • Case Studies: 75 points each x 3 = 225 points 
  • Quizzes: 6 total = 155 points
  • Partner Discussions: 20 points each x 3 = 60 points
  • Class Prep: 5 points each x 4 = 20 points

Total: 460 points   

Grading Scale: A ≥ 90% B = 80-89% C = 70-79% D = 60-69% F < 60% 

Late Work

You are expected to complete assignments at the designated due dates and times. If you are unable to complete the assignments at the time indicated on the syllabus, you must contact the instructor prior to the due date and provide a new due date that fits your needs. The instructor will respond and agree or offer a different date for submission. If you do not connect prior to the due date with the instructor or fail to submit the assignment after the agreed upon date, the assignment will be graded as zero points.

Assignment Format and Submission:

All assignments, citations, references, papers format, and submission need to follow APA format style.

All assignments must be submitted via Blackboard unless approved otherwise. Assignments will be due on Thursday’s before midnight. See schedule for exact due dates. For consistency all times referred in this course will be central time zone.


The teaching/learning methods for this class will be lecture, online class meetings, and completion of individual projects. This course will utilize both recorded lectures and online class time for discussion and updates. Throughout the semester, the class will engage in individual activities including quizzes and writing assignments. Further instructions, as well as grading rubrics, will be provided for all assignments online.


It is expected that students will complete all requirements for a course during the time frame of the course. For reasons beyond a student’s control, and upon request by the student or on behalf of the student, an incomplete grade may be assigned by the instructor when there is reasonable certainty the student will successfully complete the course without retaking it. The mark “I,” Incomplete, will be assigned only to the student who has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work up to a time within four weeks of the close of the semester, including the examination period, and whose work is incomplete for reasons satisfactory to his or her instructor. More information regarding UND’s Incomplete policy can be found on The Grading System webpage.


Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.

As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties to the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter, and will have little tolerance of or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.

Access & Opportunity, Disability Support and Medical Services

If you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need accommodations in this course because of a disability, please visit with me as soon as possible. My office hours are at the top of this syllabus. If you plan to request disability accommodations, you are expected to register with the Disability Support Services (DSS) office online, (180 McCannel Hall, 701.777.3425).

If you have a temporary medical condition such as a broken arm or recovering after surgery, you may be able to arrange for courtesy services. In most cases, it is expected that you will make your own arrangements for these services. Examples of courtesy services include access to a test scribe if the student has a broken hand; lift equipped van transportation when the student has a broken leg or temporary accessible parking for a student using crutches for a short period. If you are unable to make your own arrangements, please contact DSS (777-3425). Unlike services and/or accommodations provided to eligible students with disabilities, the University is NOT obligated to provide courtesy services.

Resolution of Problems

Should a problem occur, you should speak to your instructor first. If the problem is not resolved, meet with insert name of conflict mediator or ombudsperson if available in your department, otherwise delete this sentence. If the problem continues to be unresolved, go to the department chair, and next to the college Dean. Should the problem persist, you have the right to go to the Provost next, and then to the President.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

It is the policy of the University of North Dakota that no person shall be discriminated against because of race, religion, age, color, gender, disability, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status, or political belief or affiliation and the equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Concerns regarding Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 may be addressed to: Donna Smith, Director of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator, 401 Twamley Hall, 701.777.4171, UND.affirmativeactionoffice@UND.edu or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 500 West Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60611 or any other federal agency.

Reporting of Sexual Violence

If you or a friend has experienced sexual violence, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, or sex-based harassment, please contact UND’s Title IX Coordinator, Donna Smith, for assistance: 701.777.4171; donna.smith@UND.edu; or visit the Title IX webpage.

Faculty Reporting Obligations Regarding Sexual Violence

It is important for students to understand that faculty are required to share with UND’s Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual violence they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. This does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been the victim of sexual violence, you can find information about confidential support services on the Title IX webpage.

UND Cares Program

The UND Cares program seeks to educate faculty, staff and students on how to recognize warning signs that indicate a student is in distress.

How to Seek Help When in Distress

We know that while college is a wonderful time for most students, some students may struggle. You may experience students in distress on campus, in your classroom, in your home, and within residence halls. Distressed students may initially seek assistance from faculty, staff members, their parents, and other students. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students through the Dean of Students and University Counseling Center. Both staffs are available to consult with you about getting help or providing a friend with the help that he or she may need. For more additional information, please visit the UND Cares program Webpage.

How to Recognize When a Student is in Distress

The term “distressed” can mean any of the following:

  • Student has significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, spending, or other daily activities.
  • Student has cut off or minimized contact with family or friends.
  • Student has significant changes in performance or involvement in academics, sports, extracurricular, or social activities.
  • Student describes problems (missing class, not remembering, destructive behavior) that result from experiences with drinking or drugs.
  • Student is acting withdrawn, volatile, tearful, etc.
  • Student is acting out of character or differently than usual.
  • Student is talking explicitly about hopelessness or suicide.
  • Student has difficulty concentrating or difficulty carrying on normal conversation.
  • Student has excessive dependence on others for company or support.
  • Student reports feeling out of control of one’s emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.

UND Cares about Your Success

Important information is available to you through Starfish, which is an online system used to help students be successful. When an instructor observes student behaviors or concerns that may impede academic success, the instructor may raise a flag that notifies the student of the concern and/or refer the student to their academic advisor or UND resource. Please pay attention to these emails and take the recommended actions. They are sent to help you be successful!

Starfish also allows you to (1) schedule appointments with various offices and individuals across campus, (2) request help on a variety of topics, and (3) search and locate information on offices and services at UND.

You can log into Starfish by clicking on Logins on the UND homepage and then selecting Starfish. A link to Starfish is also available in Blackboard once you have signed in.

Ensure Accessibility

To comply with the latest accessibility guidelines, documents posted online, including, but not limited to, Adobe PDF files, Microsoft Word documents, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, and online flipbooks, must be screen-reader friendly. For directions on how to make your syllabus and other course materials accessible, visit the Creating Accessible Content webpage on the TTaDA site.