N&D 561 01

ND 561 - Nutrition and Pathophysiology I

2021 Fall Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 16044

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 will meet live four times this semester through Zoom! Please set aside the following dates from 5-7 PM Central Time for live discussions:

September 7th, October 5th, November 9th, and December 7th

Times and Location

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

Instructor Information

Anne Bodensteiner

About the Professor

I am the graduate program director and teach many of the nutrition graduate courses at UND. In my previous work I have coached people 1:1 on their genetics associated with nutrition and 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 the welcome folder in "Weekly Content and Assignments"

Course Description

This course establishes the important relationship between human disease and nutrition. It is designed to provide a science-based understanding of the relationship of food & nutrients in the development and treatment of disease. Students will learn how to apply nutrition science to pathophysiology of body systems (e.g. immune, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal systems) directly impacting or being impacted by the digestion, absorption, metabolism, and utilization of nutrients.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify how nutrition impacts the etiology and prognosis of specific diseases
  2. Identify assessments used for diagnosis of disease
  3. Create nutrition prevention and treatment recommendations for disease conditions
  4. Articulate how specific diets are connected to human disease

Course Materials

Required Textbook: 

Nelms, M. and Sucher, K. (2020). Nutrition therapy and pathophysiology (4th ed.). Cengage.

ISBN: 978-0357041710

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:

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  • 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, 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.


7 assessments, weighted as:
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  • 0%: Journal
  • 0%: Quizzes
  • 0%: Partner Discussions
  • 0%: Case Studies
  • 0%: Final Exam
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Schedule of Topics and Assignments

Week of Reading(s): Agenda/Topic: Due:
8/24 Welcome
Scope of Practice & Ethics
Introduction to Pathophysiology
Journal #1
8/31 Welcome
Scope of Practice, Ethics
Introduction to Pathophysiology
Fluid & Electrolytes
Acid/Base Review
Quiz #1
9/7 Health & Nutrition Assessment
Using SMHS Library Resources
9/14 Pharmacology Quiz #2
9/21 Response to Injury & Immune System Partner Discussion #1
9/28 CVD Week 1 Quiz #3
10/5 CVD Week 2 CLASS MEETING 5-7 PM
10/12 Clinically Significant Diets for CVD Quiz #4
Partner Discussion #2
10/19 Upper GI Week 1 CVD Case Study
10/26 Upper GI Week 2 Quiz #5
11/2 Lower GI Week 1 New Element
11/9 Lower GI Week 2
11/16 Lower GI Week 3 Quiz #6
11/23 Clinical Significant Diets for the GI Tract Partner Discussion #3
11/30 Liver, Gallbladder, & Pancreas week 1 GI Tract Case Study
12/7 Liver, Gallbladder, & Pancreas week 2 CLASS MEETING 5-7 PM
Quiz #7

Course Policies

Class Participation

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Students are required to login regularly to the online class site. Students are also required to participate in all class activities such as discussion board, blogs, and wikis Students are expected to attend on campus or synchronous classes, etc.


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.

Copyright Notice

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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.