Senior Seminar in Nutrition - NFS 4950 - 01††††††††††††††††††††††††††

(Fall 2013)††††


Instructor:††††††††††††††† Matt Schmidt, MS, RD

Office:††††††††††††††††††††† GC 203E

Phone:††††††††††††††††††††† 865-8070

E-mail Address:††††††

Office Hours:†††††††††† W 10-10:50, Thursday 11:30-12:50, Thursday 2:30-3:30, F 1:30-3:10 or by appointment

Website:†††††††††††††††††† †† ††††††††††††††


Class Times:†††††††††††† Section 01††††††† M†††††† 3:00 - 3:50 pm †††††††† GC 201

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Section 02††††††† M†††††† 4:00 - 4:50 pm †††††††† GC 201†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††

Required Text:†††††††† †††† 1. None

Prerequisites:†††††††††† 1. Pre-requisite: NFS 1020, 2020, 3020, 4480. (Fall)



Course Description

†††† Culmination of student research involving presentation on current topics in nutrition. Emphasizes student initiative, participation and leadership. Requires integration and application of knowledge acquired in previous coursework.


Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes

A.          Students will develop skills in expressing oneself orally

B. Students will develop specific skills needed by professionals in the field.

1.Become more familiar with career options and advanced degrees in nutrition.

2.Design and give an oral presentation about current topics in nutrition.

3.Describe the proper aspects of designing a resume.

4. Enable students with the tools necessary to advance their future careers.

5.Examine the factors that contribute to a successful interview.


Course Requirements

1.Attendance and participation to this class is essential and part of the grade. Twenty points are given for every presentation period you attend. If you come late or leave early you will get half or less the participation points for that day. If you miss 3 or more presentation days the best grade you can receive is B+. If you miss the final presentations you may miss 40 points.

2.Assignment:††† All of your assignments will be described in class. Specific instructions will also be given in class.Late assignments will receive a 50% reduction. Assignments are due at the beginning of class. Turning in an assignment at the end of class is considered late.

3.Do not bring distractions such as small children, live animals, sirens, or cellular phones to class.


Grading:†††† †††† The point schedule for the course is as follows:


50 pts

Attendance (presentations only)

200 pts = (10 days x 20 points)

Oral presentation

300 pts

Interview assignment

30 pts


580 pts





Grading Scale: (This is based on percent)

A> 93

B†† > 83

C†† > 73

D> 63

A- > 90

B-> 80

C-> 70

D- > 60

B+ > 87

C+ > 77

D+ > 67

F†† < 60



ADA STATEMENT: Students with medical, psychological, learning or other disabilities

desiring academic adjustments, accommodations or auxiliary aids will need to contact the

Southern Utah University Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), in

Room 206F of the Sharwan Smith Center or phone (435) 865-8022. SSD determines

eligibility for and authorizes the provision of services.


ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION POLICIES: Please come! Attending class has a significantly positive correlation with better grades. In other words, typically students that attend class have better grades. With this in mind attendance is highly recommended.


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.Academic Dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, fabrication, plagiarism or facilitating dishonesty.Responding to academic dishonesty is the responsibility of the instructor of the course in which the dishonesty occurs.If a student is guilty of academic dishonesty, the consequences may range from admonition or formal reprimand to dismissal from the class and may include a failing grade for the assignment, exam or course.Other penalties for severe infractions will be dealt with, based on Southern Utah Universityís Policies and Procedures - 11.2.Studentís rights and responsibilities are also detailed in the student handbook.


Emergency Management statement:   In case of emergency, the University's Emergency Notification System (ENS) will be activated. Students are encouraged to maintain updated contact information using the link on the homepage of the mySUU portal.  In addition, students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Emergency Response Protocols posted in each classroom. Detailed information about the University's emergency management plan can be found at


Information contained in this syllabus. Other than the grading, late assignments, makeup work, and attendance polices, may be subject to change with advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.


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