Course Syllabus

Section 3033/3043

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Course Description

Professional roles, skills, responsibilities and opportunities in the fields of nutrition, dietetics and food service management. Introduction to the history of the profession, related government agencies, scientific literature and resources, and professional code of ethics.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the skills required of professionals in nutrition, dietetics and foodservice management
  2. Describe the academic and field experience requirements of professionals in nutrition, dietetics and foodservice management
  3. Exhibit professional behaviors and explain the ethical responsibilities of professionals in the field

Class Meetings

One meeting is required between the instructor and each student to discuss your education plan and answer questions about your what program you want to continue with. This meeting will be conducted via Zoom or in person. Sign up sheet will be sent out.

The rest of the work is on the canvas page and turned in on a weekly basis. 

Instructor Contact

Jill Harrison, RD


Phone: (707) 521-6947

Office Hours: Monday Wednesday 11-1 pm Tuesday 10:30-11:30am

Sign up using the Calendly link below or email:


Course Web Site

Students will use the Canvas course web site for assignment instructions, submitting assignments, viewing classmate's work, sharing resources, and viewing grades.

Course Schedule 

All the class material is located under the Modules tab.  Each week will have a lecture, discussion, assignment and quiz to complete and some weeks there are additional assignments or materials to review.  The work will be available every Monday except for a holiday and is due Sunday by 11:59pm.  If there is a change in due date an announcement will be sent. 


There is no textbook required for this class.

Required Software

You will need the following software for this course. 

Important Dates

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Last day to register/add semester length class without instructor’s signature or add code

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Last day to drop semester length class and be eligible for a refund

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Last day to register/add semester length class with the instructor’s signature or add code

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Last day to drop a semester length class without “W” symbol

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Last day to drop a semester length class with “W” symbol

Dropping the Class

If you decide to discontinue this course, it is your responsibility to officially drop it to avoid getting no refund (after 10% of course length), a W symbol (after 20%), or a grade (after 60%). Also, for several consecutive, unexplained absences, the instructor may drop a student.

Pass‐NoPass (P/NP)

You may take this class P/NP. You must decide before the deadline, and add the option online with TLC or file the P/NP form with Admissions and Records. With a grade of C or better, you will get P.

You must file for the P/NP option by [date]. Once you decide to go for P/NP, you cannot change back to a letter grade. If you are taking this course as part of a certificate program, you can probably still take the class P/NP. Check with a counselor to be sure.

Instructor Announcements and Q&A Forum

The instructor will post announcements on the “Instructor Announcements” page in Canvas throughout the semester. Canvas notifies students according to their preferred Notification Preferences as soon as the instructor creates an Announcement. A “Q&A Forum” is also on Canvas to ask for assistance of your classmates or of instructor.


Students who fail to attend the first class (face-to-face courses) or do not log-in to an online class after the second day of the semester will be dropped from the class. It is strongly advised that if you need to miss more than one class/homework deadline in a row that you contact me to avoid being dropped from the class.

Late Policy

All assignments are due at midnight PST on the due date. A late submission will receive a 25% penalty. Submissions more than one week late are not accepted without prior arrangement. Late work will not be graded unless student sends instructor an email with URL for late work.


There will be one online final exam. The material comes from the class lectures and supplemental materials. If any exam is missed, a zero will be recorded as the score. It is your responsibility to take the online exams by the due date.

Grading Policy

Visit the “Grades” in Canvas to keep track of your grades. I grade [once a week] and post grades and comments on the online Canvas gradebook.


Assignments= 10 pts each (8) = 80 pts

Discussions= 10 pts each (8)=80 pts

Quizzes=10 pts each (8)=80 pts

Education Plan Meeting= 20 pts

Speaker Reviews (4 @ 5 pts) = 20 pts

Professionalism=35 pts

Final Exam = 35 pts

TOTAL       = 350 pts

Grades will be assigned as follows:



315 points or more



280 to 314 points



244 to 279 points



210 to 243 points

If taking Pass/No Pass you need at least 70% of the total class points and complete the midterm exam and the final exam to pass the class.




Week 1

Introduction to class and classmates

History of the Profession, Key Figures, Scientific Discoveries and Legislation

Assignment 1a and 1b



January 23 

Week 2

Educational Preparation for Dietary Services Supervisor Certificate/Certified Dietary Manager

Guest Speaker

Assignment 2:CDM



January 30

Week  3

Educational Preparation for Dietetic Technician

Guest Speakers

Assignment 3: DTR




February 6

Week  4

Educational Preparation for Registered Dietitian

Guest Speaker


Assignment 4: RD



February 13

Week 5

Developing your Professional Resume

Developing a Cover Letter

How and Where to look for Jobs

Assignment 5:

Sample Education Plan



February 22 (note different due date)

Presidents Day Holiday 

No class

February 17-21

Week 6

Nutrition Organizations and Policy

Guest Speaker

Assignment 6: Resume and Cover Letter



February 27

Week 7

Reviewing Scientific Literature

Guest Speaker

Assignment 7: Current Event



March 6 

Week 8

Standards of Practice and the Professional Code of Ethics for Nutrition and Dietetics             

Scope of Practice for RD’s and DTR’s; Title 22

Assignment 8: Ethical Case Study



March 13

Week 9

Final Exam and Wrap-Up

Final Exam

March 20 

Standards of Conduct

Students who register in SRJC classes are required to abide by the SRJC Student Conduct Standards. Violation of the Standards is basis for referral to the Vice President of Student Services or dismissal from class or from the College. See the Student Code of Conduct page.

Collaborating on or copying of tests or homework in whole or in part will be considered an act of academic dishonesty and result in a grade of 0 for that test or assignment. I encourage students to share information and ideas, but not their work. See these links on Plagiarism:
SRJC Writing Center Lessons on avoiding plagiarism
SRJC's policy on Academic Integrity


Other Important Policies and Practices

Avoid Plagiarism Like the, er, Plague

Although most students have likely heard about plagiarism during their years of schooling, it still is prevalent-even in higher education.

The video below reviews what plagiarism is and how not to do it.

Plagiarism: How to avoid it

This activity tests your knowledge of plagiarism (not graded): Self-check: Plagiarism

Netiquette, or Why Is It Harder to Be Polite Online?

Netiquette refers to using common courtesy in online communication. All members of the class are expected to follow netiquette in all course communications. Use these guidelines:

  • Use capital letters sparingly. THEY LOOK LIKE SHOUTING.
  • Forward emails only with a writer's permission.
  • Be considerate of others' feelings and use language carefully.
  • Cite all quotations, references, and sources (otherwise, it is plagiarism).
  • Use humor carefully. It is hard to "read" tone; sometimes humor can be misread as criticism or personal attack. Feel free to use emoticons like :) for a smiley face to let others know you are being humorous.
  • Use complete sentences and standard English grammar to compose posts. Write in proper paragraphs. Review work before submitting it.
  • Text speak, such as "ur" for "your" or "ru" for "are you" etc., is only acceptable when texting.

Special Needs

Students with disabilities who believe they need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact Disability Resources (527-4278), as soon as possible to better ensure such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.