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Anna Miller - Biology

Special Message To My Students

To all Nutrition and Health Students

Welcome to my nutrition or health course! I hope to teach you many things about nutrition and health in the coming weeks that you can put into practice in your daily life. It will contribute to your good health and well being now and in the future. And for the nursing students and personal trainers—it will enhance your professional work as well. Knowing what to eat and what not to eat can be very confusing, especially with all the misleading information on infomercials, in books, magazines and the internet! I hope to clear up some of that confusion!

Every day, many times each day, we have to decide what to eat and what not to eat: which type of milk/bread/meat/cereal etc. to buy, where to get a quick lunch, what to prepare for dinner, what to eat for a snack. These decisions, over time, come with consequences to our weight, energy level, ability to think, and our risk for many diseases, including heart disease and cancer. The good news is you don’t have to eat a perfect diet to be healthy, and your body is resilient. But over time, a poor diet increases your chances of suffering from health problems.   I hope to motivate you to carefully examine what you eat and make small changes that improve the nutritional quality of your diet. This is one of several ways we have an impact on our future health!

If at any time during this course there is something that is not clear to you about the topics covered in the lecture or in the book, please ask me—either before, during or after class, during office hours, by e-mail or phone (see the green sheet).

Below is some useful information to help you do well in this course. Read it and put it to good use.

                   I hope you have a worthwhile experience in this course!

                                                             All the best,

                                                                 Anna Miller


Division of Responsibilities

As your instructor, I am responsible for:

  • Presenting lectures in an orderly, clear manner, at a reasonable pace
  • Answering all pertinent questions raised by students
  • Letting students know what material will be on the exams
  • Being available to students who need to speak to me about the course
  • Notifying the class of any changes in the reading assignments, the dates of exams or when assignments are due
  • Replying to student e-mails in a timely manner (within 48 hours usually)

You, the student, are responsible for:

  • Coming to all or most classes; being awake and fully attentive during class
  • Being fully aware of all of the information on the course syllabus
  • Dropping yourself from the class if you wish to withdraw
  • Being respectful of your classmates and instructor: Using non-offensive language, not having private conversations during lecture, not being disruptive
  • Being aware of what lecture and reading material will be on the exams (found in the course syllabus)
  • Reading and studying the assigned chapters in the text; Reading all instructions for the assignment thoroughly and carefully; Reading all handouts (found on Catalyst) thoroughly and carefully
  • Knowing what your current grade is as the course progresses and how many points you need to get an A, B or C (if you hope to earn a certain grade)
  • Asking questions during lecture if you need clarification. Letting your instructor know if you are confused, don’t understand a specific concept or if you need additional help

How To Get a Good Grade in This Course 

(Advice from former students)

  • Read the assigned reading from the text more than once (2 times or more)
  • Make sure you understand the new terminology. If you are fuzzy, get clarification.
  • Ask questions in class--don’t silently sit there when you don’t understand
  • Don’t leave studying for the night before the exams!
  • Get a couple of study partners and meet before each exam to study with
  • Study adequately for the exams; Use the study guide!
  • While studying, jot down any topics that leave you confused; bring your questions to class
  • Read the instructions for the assignment thoroughly ; reread them. Follow the instructions carefully and thoroughly.
  • Get to know someone in the class--exchange phone numbers/e-mail addresses--so you can contact someone if you miss class or want to just want to check in with concerning some aspect of this class.
  • Don’t miss class!
  • Don’t let yourself get behind.  Keep up with the reading and studying.
  • Don’t procrastinate getting started on the assignments.

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Last Updated: 12/20/15