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Other · College of Education · Sports Management, Wellness, and Physical Education

Nutrtn Ed. & Couns. Strategies

  • Fall 2021
  • Section E01
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/11/2021 to 12/10/2021
  • Modified 08/09/2021


This course provides principles and practices of nutrition education for individuals and groups, including aspects of public speaking and lesson planning. Students will learn to plan, implement, and evaluate nutrition educational materials for use in individual counseling and small groups. Counseling skills will be taught and applied in simulated situations with an emphasis placed on motivational interviewing.


CMWL 3210 and Nutrition Minor NUTR

Contact Information

Instructor: Mrs. Melissa Brillhart MA, RD, LD

For this course, please use the CourseDen e-mail for all course related correspondence.

Office Hours

Student Hours

In-person or virtually

Tuesdays: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Thursdays:  1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

*Virtual appointments must be scheduled. 

I am here to help!

Meeting Times


This class meets 100% online.


Course Access
Recognizing that students each have unique studying habits and needs, all course modules will be open for access after the orientation module is complete.

You can access the digital textbook, practice materials, and lectures ahead of the course schedule for preparation.

However, all assignments and quizzes will open and close on the designated dates found on the course schedule. 

Required Instructional Resource: TK20 Subscription

Please select the link to access a pdf guide on how to purchase your account.

If you have purchased a subscription previously, DO NOT re-subscribe.  For assistance, email [email protected].  You will receive account activation confirmation from Watermark Support as soon as your account has been activated, please select the link to access a pdf guide on how to log into your Tk20 account.

For additional information about this resource, and to access the “How to” guides, visit the Tk20 webpage.

Required Instructional Resource: TK20 Subscription

This instructional resource is required for students admitted into a major in the College of Education:

Example: If you are enrolled in an EDUC course (undergraduate), but have not been admitted into the Teacher Education program within the College of Education, then you do NOT need to purchase a Tk20 account at this time.  

Example: If you are enrolled in an EDLE course (graduate), but have not been admitted into the College of Education graduate program, then you do NOT need to purchase a Tk20 account.

All students admitted to an undergraduate or graduate program in the College of Education are required to purchase a Tk20 account.

If you mistakenly purchased a Tk20 account directly from Watermark, then a refund can be processed within 30 days of purchase. Please email [email protected] for more information.

Please select the link to access a pdf guide on how to purchase your account

If you have purchased a subscription previously, DO NOT re-subscribe.  A Tk20 subscription is valid for 10 years. For assistance, email [email protected] You will receive account activation confirmation from Watermark Support. As soon as your account has been activated, please select the link to access a pdf guide on how to log into your Tk20 account

Please note:  Tk20 is not required for CMWL minor and other COE minors.


Technology Requirements

Two of the major assignments in this course require the use of a reliable recording device and a strong internet connection for uploading.  A recording device could include a cell phone, tablet, or laptop.   Please ensure that your device has adequate storage on it for recording up to a 30 minute video.

Important Textbook Information Below:

This option is for students taking multiple applicable nutrition minor courses in one year:  

Please note that if you are going to be taking at least three of the following courses in one academic year:
  • CMWL 3210: Principles of Nutrition
  • NUTR 3100: Lifecycle Nutrition and Disease Management
  • NUTR 4100:  Nutrition Education and Counseling Strategies
  • NUTR 4300:  Cultural Aspects of Food and Nutrition
  • Please note:  NUTR 3200 Sports Nutrition and HIST 4580 American Foodways are not applicable.

Cengage's Unlimited e-textbooks + online homework subscription option is an option to save on textbook fees. 

1.  Choose the e-textbooks + online homework option.   (Not just e-textbooks)
2.  Choose a one-year subscription 
3. Go to  to start a subscription. 
If you are not a nutrition minor or are not interested in the subscription then this applies to you:  
The UWG Bookstore, Cengage, UWG Online (CourseDen Support), and your professor have partnered together to provide the most cost-effective option for you to receive your digital course materials.
The material is provided to you through the LMS (CourseDen Account). Simply log in to CourseDen and choose the tile associated with this course to gain access to the material. Under the course content tab, there is a link to activate your account. 
The cost of the material will be attached to your student bill on 08/11/21 in the amount of $96.00. You do not need to look elsewhere for the material. You can opt-out of the delivery of the material before the end of the drop/add on 08/17/21 but will be responsible to obtain the material on your own without the lower discounted rate.
For questions about your access please contact the Day One Access team at
 or 678-839-5563      

MindTap Technical Support: 

If at any time in the semester, you experience technical issues with MindTap please contact Tech Support: or 800.354.9706


At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Utilize the principles of health promotion, health behavior, and learning theories in the selection and design of nutrition education approaches and programs.
  2. Utilize criteria to evaluate teaching resources available from a variety of sources including government agencies, commercial publishers, the internet, etc. for use in nutrition education programs.
  3. Design and develop a nutrition education program.
  4. Design, select or adapt nutrition education programs to meet the needs of diverse populations including culture, age, ethnicity, gender and social class.
  5. Utilize appropriate strategies and technology in delivering nutrition education concepts.
  6. Demonstrate methods of a client-centered approach and utilize listening and response skills to promote behavior change.
  7. Utilize a variety of communication and counseling skills and methods to effectively promote behavioral change in clients.
  8. Utilize behavioral change theories and motivational interviewing techniques in individual counseling sessions.
  9. Facilitate group educational and counseling sessions to a specific audience including diverse population groups.
  10. Determine appropriate scope of practice when applying the above skills and knowledge into professional settings.



Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes

Syllabus quiz

Introduction/Reflection Discussion Post Assignment

25 each (50 points)


  • Major x 6
  • Minor x 6


100 each (600 points)

25 each (150 points) 

Quizzes – 6

50 each (300 points)

Final Exam

200 points

Total points

1300 points


Resulting grade and related performance levels
Grade Range Notes

Students will be graded using the following scale:

A = 90 - 100% (1170-1300 points) B = 80 - 89% (1040-1169.9 points), C = 70 - 79% (910-1039.9 points), D = 60 – 69 (780-909.9 points) F = Below 60% (below 779.9 points)

No rounding is done on points or final grade.



There are 6 major and 6 minor assignments as part of this course.  All details are located in the labeled assignment folder under the Course Content section of CourseDen. 

All major assignments are open for a two-week period to allow for adequate time for the completion of a high-quality product. Please review the instructor’s policy on late work below.


Quizzes (6) will be administered on CourseDen throughout the course of the semester. These will be overviews of several chapters prior to an examination. Quiz dates are laid out on the class schedule. All quizzes will close at 11:59 PM on their due date and will not be extended for any reason.


A final exam will be administered on CourseDen. This exam is comprehensive.


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes

NUTR 4100 Nutrition Education and Counseling Strategies – Fall 2021





Due Date




Watch introduction video

Review syllabus


  • Syllabus Quiz
  • Introductory Discussion Post/Assignment

11:59 PM on 8/17

This is a  Tuesday! 





Preparing to Meet Your Clients

  • Review Module 1 Material.
  • Minor Assignment # 1 is due
  • Major Assignment # 1 opens

11:59 PM on 8/22




Frameworks for Understanding and Attaining Behavior Change

  • Review Module 3 
  • Major Assignment # 1 is due
  • Quiz # 1 (covers chapters 1 & 2, & additional resources)

11:59 PM on 8/29




Communication Essentials

  • Review Module 4
  • Minor Assignment # 2 is due
  • Major Assignment # 2 opens

11:59 PM on 9/5




Meeting Your Client: The Counseling Interview

  • Review Module 5
  • Major Assignment # 2 is due
  • Quiz # 2 (covers chapters 3 & 4, additional resources)

11:59 PM on 9/12




Developing a Plan: Putting it All Together

  • Review Module 6
  • Minor Assignment # 3 is due
  • Major Assignment # 3 opens

11:59 PM on 9/19




Promoting Change to Facilitate Self-Management

  • Review Module 7
  •  Major Assignment # 3 is due
  • Quiz # 3 (covers chapters 5 & 6, additional resources)

11:59 PM on 9/26




Making Behavior Change Last

  • Review Module 8
  • Minor Assignment # 4 is due
  • Major Assignment # 4 opens

11:59 PM on 10/3




Physical Activity

  • Review Module 9 
  • Major Assignment # 4 due
  • Quiz # 4 (covers chapters 7 & 8, additional resources)

11:59 PM on 10/10




Communication with Diverse Population Groups

  • Review Module 10
  • Minor Assignment # 5 is due
  • Major Assignment # 5 opens

11:59 PM on 10/17




Group Facilitation and Counseling

  • Review Module 11
  • Major Assignment # 5 due
  • Quiz # 5 (covers chapters 9 & 10, additional resources)

11:59 PM on 10/24




Keys to Successful Nutrition Education Interventions

  • Review Module 12
  • Minor Assignment # 6 is due
  • Major Assignment # 6 opens

11:59 PM on 10/31




Educational Strategies, Mass Media, and Evaluation

  • Review Module 13
  • Major Assignment # 6 is due
  • Quiz # 6 (Covers Chapters, 11,12 additional resources)

11:59 p.m. on 11/7




Professionalism and Scope of Practice

  • Review Module 14
  • Content will be in the final exam.
  • Study for the final exam.

11:59 PM on 11/14




Final Exam (Time window is from 12:01 a.m.-11:59 p.m. on this day only)

·  Complete the final exam.

11:59 PM on 11/17




**Note: All times are EST. Dates may change at the instructor’s discretion. All changes will be posted in the News/Announcements section of CourseDen. Assignments and quizzes are color-coded.

Course Policies and Resources

Attendance Policy

Students must complete the Syllabus Quiz during Week 1 to be considered as attending class. Students who do not complete the Syllabus Quiz by its due date may be dropped from the course for non-attendance. Students who add classes during drop/add are responsible for ensuring that they are verified as being in attendance by contacting the course instructor and completing the Syllabus Quiz.


Please contact the instructor through CourseDen e-mail regarding all course related questions and not your UWG e-mail account. 

Expected E-mail Response/Grading Turnaround Times

All students can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 48 hours or less via CourseDen e-mail. All assignments and evaluations will be graded and returned within 14 days.

Extra Credit

Extra credit is not guaranteed but the instructor will attempt to offer at least once during the semester, and it will be announced via CourseDen.

Late Work

Recognizing that with the major written assignments especially with technology being involved that there is a potential for issues, a 3-day late window submission is open past all due dates.  An automatic 10% deduction will occur each day up through the third day.  After that point, the assignment will receive a zero.

Professional Conduct

Students are expected to act professionally and respectfully in the online classroom setting. This is an essential quality for all students, regardless of major or area of focus. Professionalism and respect include, but are not limited to:

  • Turning in assignments and completing course work (quizzes, exams) on time.
  • Completing all course modules.
  • Respect the opinion and input of others, regardless of whether you agree or not.
  • Using professional and respectful language in course discussions and e-mails.



College/School Policies

College of Education Vision

The College of Education at the University of West Georgia will be recognized for Innovation in Teaching, Leadership, and Wellness with programs designed to transform lives and contribute to the betterment of society.

College of Education Mission

Locally connected and globally relevant, the Mission of the College of Education is to prepare graduates for professional careers in diverse settings within three dynamic areas of focus: Teaching, Leadership, and Wellness.  With programs that range from undergraduate through doctoral study, the College of Education is committed to excellence in pedagogy, professional service, engaged partnerships, and applied research.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement for the College of Education

The College of Education (COE) embraces diversity across dimensions, including, but not limited to, age, religion, creed, education, ethnicity, gender expression, national origin, physical and cognitive ability, race, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and veteran status. Building on these identities, we support empathy, social and environmental justice, and an ethical framework for our actions. In accordance with the University of West Georgia and all of our departments, the COE denounces institutional and systemic racism and other forms of biases and is committed to taking actionable steps toward dismantling these systems and working toward equity and inclusion. The full COE Diversity and Inclusion Statement may be viewed on the website homepage of the College of Education.

Institutional Policies

Honor Code

At the University of West Georgia, we believe that academic and personal integrity are based upon honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Students at West Georgia assume responsibility for upholding the honor code. West Georgia students pledge to refrain from engaging in acts that do not maintain academic and personal integrity. These include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, aid of academic dishonesty, lying, bribery or threats, and stealing. 

The University of West Georgia maintains and monitors a confidential Academic Dishonesty Tracking System. This database collects and reports patterns of repeated student violations across all the Colleges, the Ingram Library, and the School of Nursing. Each incidence of academic dishonesty is subject to review and consideration by the instructor, and is subject to a range of academic penalties including, but not limited to, failing the assignment and/or failing the course. Student conduct sanctions range from verbal warning to suspension or expulsion depending on the magnitude of the offense and/or number of offenses. The incident becomes part of the student’s conduct record at UWG.

Additionally, the student is responsible for safeguarding his/her computer account. The student’s account and network connection are for his/her individual use. A computer account is to be used only by the person to whom it has been issued. The student is responsible for all actions originating through his/her account or network connection. Students must not impersonate others or misrepresent or conceal their identities in electronic messages and actions. For more information on the University of West Georgia Honor Code, please visit the Office of Community Standards site.

Academic Support

Accessibility Services: Students with a documented disability may work with UWG Accessibility Services to receive essential services specific to their disability. All entitlements to accommodations are based on documentation and USG Board of Regents standards. If a student needs course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability or chronic illness, or if he/she needs to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, the student should notify his/her instructor in writing and provide a copy of his/her Student Accommodations Report (SAR), which is available only from Accessibility Services. Faculty cannot offer accommodations without timely receipt of the SAR; further, no retroactive accommodations will be given. For more information, please contact Accessibility Services.

Center for Academic Success: The Center for Academic Success provides services, programs, and opportunities to help all undergraduate students succeed academically. For more information, contact them: 678-839-6280 or [email protected]

University Writing Center: The University Writing Center assists students with all areas of the writing process. For more information, contact them: 678-839-6513 or [email protected]

Online Courses

UWG takes students’ privacy concerns seriously: technology-enhanced and partially and fully online courses use sites and entities beyond UWG and students have the right to know the privacy policies of these entities. For more information on privacy and accessibility for the most commonly used sites, as well as technology requirements visit the UWG Online site.

Students enrolled in online courses can find answers to many of their questions in the Online/Off-Campus Student Guide.

If a student is experiencing distress and needs help, please see the resources available at the UWG Cares site. Online counseling is also available for online students.

UWG Email Policy

University of West Georgia students are provided a MyUWG e-mail account. The University considers this account to be an official means of communication between the University and the student. The purpose of the official use of the student e-mail account is to provide an effective means of communicating important university related information to UWG students in a timely manner. It is the student’s responsibility to check his or her email.

Credit Hour Policy

The University of West Georgia grants one semester hour of credit for work equivalent to a minimum of one hour (50 minutes) of in-class or other direct faculty instruction AND two hours of student work outside of class per week for approximately fifteen weeks. For each course, the course syllabus will document the amount of in-class (or other direct faculty instruction) and out-of-class work required to earn the credit hour(s) assigned to the course. Out-of-class work will include all forms of credit-bearing activity, including but not limited to assignments, readings, observations, and musical practice. Where available, the university grants academic credit for students who verify via competency-based testing, that they have accomplished the learning outcomes associated with a course that would normally meet the requirements outlined above (e.g. AP credit, CLEP, and departmental exams).

HB 280 (Campus Carry)

UWG follows University System of Georgia (USG) guidance:

You may also visit our website for help with USG Guidance:

Mental Health Support

If you or another student find that you are experiencing a mental health issue, free confidential services are available on campus in the Counseling Center. Students who have experienced sexual or domestic violence may receive confidential medical and advocacy services with the Patient Advocates in Health Services. To report a concern anonymously, please go to UWGcares.

ELL Resources

If you are a student having difficulty with English language skills, and / or U.S. culture is not your home culture, specialized resources are available to help you succeed. Please visit the E.L.L. resource page for more information.


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