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Linda Bazinet, BSc MSc

Department(s): Faculty

Linda received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Toronto with a specialist in Zoology and a major in Biomedical Science. She then completed a Master of Science Degree in Cell Biology at McMaster University. Since 1988, Linda has taught at both Seneca and Sheridan College as well as doing private tutoring. Linda has taught a wide variety of science courses including Biology, Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Microbiology, Histology, Laboratory Techniques and Environmental Science. Many of these courses required extensive course development. Linda has taught groups of mature students including on site teaching at Connaught Laboratories and currently teaches Biological Chemistry, Human Anatomy & Physiology and Body Metabolism at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program and Applied Endocrinology at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online Continuing Education Department.

BC001 Biological Chemistry
This introduction to chemistry will aid understanding towards the nature of atomic structure, qualitative chemical reactions and how they originate in our environment and other living organisms. This course will also cover nomenclature, isomerism, main functional groups, properties and characteristics of organic compounds including an introduction to the physical, structural and biological properties of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids.
HAP01 Human Anatomy & Physiology
This course includes the study of normal anatomy and physiology of the human body, beginning with the structure and function of the cell and continuing with the organization of the cell into organs. Specific topics covered will be transport mechanisms, the lymphatic system, the gastrointestinal tract, the endocrine system and the reproductive system. The interrelationship between systems will be explored with a focus on integrative and homeostatic control mechanisms.
BM002 Body Metabolism

Body Metabolism is intimately linked to the nutritional sciences. The goal of this course is to give students an understanding of what the body does with the food we consume. This course begins with a detailed study of enzymes including the centrality of vitamins and minerals. This course examines the metabolic reactions used to obtain energy from carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids and reactions used to excrete wastes such as urea and uric acid. Cellular respiration including the citric acid cycle is thoroughly taught. This course provides detailed knowledge of factors regulating blood sugar including the key metabolic hormones insulin and glucagon and the metabolic pathway of gluconeogenesis. Other topics include digestive hormones, production of lactic acid, lipid carriers, and the effects of low carbohydrate diets on ketosis, and more. Students are taught and evaluated on biological and metabolic pathways.

Learning Outcomes

• Describe the significance of vitamins and minerals for enzyme function and the factors inhibiting enzyme activity
• Discuss the stages of cellular respiration and explain how the electron transport chain works
• Explain digestion, absorption and metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids
• Detail the structure of the liver and its significance in Phase I and Phase II of detoxification

Body Metabolism equips students with a key insight into the biological mechanics of metabolism with special attention to describing how the liver is the detoxification centre of the body. This course provides key insight into the biological processes of digesting and metabolizing proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids.