Fundamentals of Human Nutrition

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This introductory course provides an overview of the principles of nutritional science. Subject matter includes description and functions of nutrients, digestion and absorption, effects of nutrient deficiencies and toxicities, requirements, food sources, nutrient interactions, dietary guidelines, and the role of nutrition in health and disease.
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2/10 starsCompleted
  • 1 review
  • 1 completed
6 years, 7 months ago
I took this simultaneously with a 6 week class on Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from USF. I learned far more in that class than this one. The videos were terrible, the instructor was rarely on the screen, and it seemed like she was just reading from a script. The mispronunciations and start overs should have been edited out (and seriously how does someone with a PhD in a subject have trouble with so many words?) The monotone speech could be sold as a cure for insomnia. If you dedicate your career to something you should have some excitement! Also it seemed like as the course went on, there was less content each week. The lectures went down to one segment, and were barely a table of contents to the reading we already did. I did get a lot from the readings up to the last week which was just a wiki link. Rather than powerpoints of the information during the lectures toward the end it was random clip art. Mind Map... I took this simultaneously with a 6 week class on Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from USF. I learned far more in that class than this one. The videos were terrible, the instructor was rarely on the screen, and it seemed like she was just reading from a script. The mispronunciations and start overs should have been edited out (and seriously how does someone with a PhD in a subject have trouble with so many words?) The monotone speech could be sold as a cure for insomnia. If you dedicate your career to something you should have some excitement! Also it seemed like as the course went on, there was less content each week. The lectures went down to one segment, and were barely a table of contents to the reading we already did. I did get a lot from the readings up to the last week which was just a wiki link. Rather than powerpoints of the information during the lectures toward the end it was random clip art. Mind Maps work for somethings - but the m ind map project was ridiculous. There was no way to keep it from being cluttered if you added any depth - and realistically you could just modify the sample based on how much of it we had done to that point. I used bubble.us to do mine, and if it were an actual brainstorming project, I could retract unnecessary "baby" bubbles to declutter and focus on the current important bubbles - but can't save that to jpeg, and allow a viewer to reopen them - so I had to leave them open to save - adding more clutter. I was very disappointed in the quality of this course, especially as it deteriorated as the course went on,
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1/10 starsDropped
  • 15 reviews
  • 13 completed
6 years, 6 months ago
I dropped out of this course the second week due to the lack of organization and communication by the team. The online text was poor quality and the reading assignment didn't seem to match the lesson? When I got to the quiz, nothing that I'd read in the text was on the quiz. Thankfully I have some background in nutrition so it wasn't difficult to finish and pass but I felt sorry for those who were taking this class to actually learn the subject. This is one of the worst courses I have ever taken through Coursera. I think the team had good intentions, and the world of MOOCs is new territory, but the lack of flexibility and quick thinking on the part of the team once the course started really lost my respect for the team and the University of Florida.
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7/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 7 months ago
This course was very good in terms of content, but poor in terms of presentation. Video lectures were informative but painful to get through. Readings were very informative and not too bad. As a reference for difficulty, I am a high school student and I learned about 50-60% of the course material in a Biology class in sophomore year. The mind map project was to my mind pretty useless and more like busy work than a learning aid. Overall the course was quite informative and helpful but somewhat boring. In addition, after completion it took I think two weeks for the professor to send out completion certificates, with no other contact or conclusion of any kind. It seemed that she may have had some personal issues that prevented her from completing the course properly. Hopefully if this is offered again it will be much better for the advice of the students.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 7 months ago
I really loved this course. It was really dinamic, instructive and informative. The peer review was great and also the activity related to work with people of other countries. One of the most active discussion forum was the one of this course. The text book was so specific. This is the best course I have taken, I was able to download each video and the text and she gave great updated links. I learn theory but also how to apply to my own life. Not only myself did I like the course but most of the classmates thats why there is a big thank you in the forum for the teacher. I hope she will leave the forum active and the course open as an archive, Thank you so much lovely teacher
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1/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 8 months ago
I went over the pass score, so I decided now's the time to evaluate the course. In general, the quality of the course is very poor. First of all, the videos. The presentations themselves weren't that bad, but the voice quality accompanying the presentations was abysmal. It was very difficult to understand what the instructor was saying, because the voice was metallic and scratchy. The problem continued despite numerous complaints from the students in the course, we're now past week 8 and every single video we were presented with after week 1 had that problem. I suspect that the voice was recorded by reading aloud a prepared text, therefore some sentences were read out very quickly, some were interrupted by mispronounced or mistaken words, there were some pauses in weird and unexpected places, etc. It was difficult to follow. Second, the assignments. The mind map, while being a valuable and worthy idea on its own, turned out to be a v... I went over the pass score, so I decided now's the time to evaluate the course. In general, the quality of the course is very poor. First of all, the videos. The presentations themselves weren't that bad, but the voice quality accompanying the presentations was abysmal. It was very difficult to understand what the instructor was saying, because the voice was metallic and scratchy. The problem continued despite numerous complaints from the students in the course, we're now past week 8 and every single video we were presented with after week 1 had that problem. I suspect that the voice was recorded by reading aloud a prepared text, therefore some sentences were read out very quickly, some were interrupted by mispronounced or mistaken words, there were some pauses in weird and unexpected places, etc. It was difficult to follow. Second, the assignments. The mind map, while being a valuable and worthy idea on its own, turned out to be a very big disappointment. The assessment criteria for the mind map were botched, to say the least, so it was very, very difficult to get a good grade. The instructions for this assignment were not clear, and moreover - they were changed in the interim, without any formal announcement. The only place it was mentioned was somewhere in one of the thousands of threads in the discussion forums. Third, the staff was very slow to respond to any problems concerning the course. When an incorrect video was uploaded for week 6 on Monday, the proper one was uploaded five days later. There were no slides from the lectures available, the subtitles were also full of mistakes and therefore not very user-friendly. Fourth, the material was presented in a chaotic manner. Syllabus was saying one thing, the contents of the materials - another. The week that was supposed to be about minerals, was about water. There were terms used in the lectures, which were not explained. Very often the instructor jumped from one topic to another, making it difficult to follow her reasoning. All in all, the course did not meet my expectations at all. I learned much more in the course that ran simultaneously, entitled "Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention" by UCSF.
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1/10 starsCompleted
  • 5 reviews
  • 5 completed
6 years, 8 months ago
Had to drop within the first week due to lack of response from professional team presenting the materials. So many questions about the materials went unanswered so decided it was not worth the amount of time it would have taken to complete the materials especially since no one was commenting on all the issues questioned!
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