NUTR 442
Nutrition Assessment Laboratory


David L. Gee, PhD
Professor and Program Director
of Food Science and Nutrition

Course Syllabus
Grading Policy
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Course Schedule
Lab Report Format


Course Syllabus


Instructor: David Gee, PhD
Office: 109 PE Building

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Overview of current tools for nutritional assessment with laboratory experience.

1. Student will develop a basic  understanding of the scientific principles of the various methods of nutritional assessment.
2. Student will understand the advantages, limitations, and applicability of the various methods.
3. Student will be able to apply the tools of nutritional assessment to clinical cases including it's use in the planning, intervention, and evaluation of patient care.

 Nutritional Assessment. 3rd ed.  R. Lee & D. Nieman. 2003.


Week TOPIC Laboratory
1 Introduction to Nutritional Assessment. no lab


Anthropometric Assessment. Experiment 1 - Anthropometric Assessment
3 Assessment of Body Composition I

Experiment 2 - Assessment of Body Composition Laboratory I

Assessment of Body Composition II

Experiment 3 - Assessment of Body Composition Laboratory II
5 Biochemical Assessment of Vitamins and Minerals and other Blood Chemistry Tests
No laboratory this week!
6 Midterm Examination


Assessment of Diabetes mellitus and the Glucose Tolerance Test Experiment 6 - Fasting Plasma Glucose and the Glucose Tolerance Test

Biochemical Assessment: 442\protein.ppt

Iron and Protein Assessment

Iron Status

Experiment 5 - Biochemical Assessment: Assessment of Protein and Iron Status 
9 Assessment of Energy Expenditure Experiment 4 - Assessment of Energy Needs
10 Coronary Heart Disease Risk Assessment.

PowerPoint Slides

Experiment 7 - Assessment of Coronary Heart Disease Risk



Laboratory Reports 
7 reports, 20 points each
140 points
Exam 1 100 points
Final Exam 100 points
TOTAL 340 points

(full attendance is expected; missing a lab will result in a deduction of 10 points from the laboratory report (if turned in). Laboratory reports are due at the beginning of the following lab period.  A 10% deduction will be made for every day the report is late.
Grading Scale Letter Grade
90-100% A, A-
80-89% B+, B, B-
65-79% C+, C, C-
55-64% D+, D, D-


Laboratory Report Format
The format of the laboratory reports in NUTR 442 will give the students the opportunity to present their findings using the SOAP format that is commonly used in clinical settings.  Typically, SOAP notes are written in a very cryptic/abbreviated form in order for both the writer and reader to save time.  In this class, your SOAP notes will be brief but written in a narrative form with complete sentences.  Your laboratory reports are required to be typed, except for calculations.  These calculations should be hand written (but neat) and be on separate attached pages.  Most of you will use the same subjects for each weeks laboratory.  You may wish to keep adding to your SOAP notes every week so that your assessment and plan builds on the growing amount of data you are collecting for each subject.  If you do your reports this way, please use bold or italics to indicate all new information for that week.


Objective(s) of Experiment for that week

SOAP notes on each subject

Subjective: Pertinent information obtained from patient or patient’s family or significant other.  The subjective data expresses the patient’s perception of a problem.

Objective: Factual information relevant to the problem that can be confirmed by others.  This section includes laboratory values, physical findings and observations by health professionals.  Factual nutrition information found in this section could include dietary intake, anthropometric information, calculations of nutrient needs, and observed difficulties in eating.

Assessment: The health care provider's evaluation or interpretation of the subjective and objective data.  The health care provider uses his/her professional judgment about a certain problem.

Plan:  The specific course of action to be taken based on the subjective and objective data as well as the assessment made.  The plan may include any further workup needed (additional tests), therapy (suggested dietary changes), and patient education.