SP5004 - Nutrition for Sport and Exercise

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What will I learn on this module?

Building upon your underpinning knowledge of human physiology and exercise physiology in your first year, you will start to apply this to the field of sport and exercise nutrition. You will learn about different dietary and energy requirements of athletes and exercising individuals, alongside gaining experience of appropriate nutritional and dietary assessment and analytical tools. Furthermore, you will explore contemporary nutritional strategies for different sports and exercise domains. Practical laboratory sessions will provide you with the opportunity to see first hand the impact differing nutritional strategies have on exercise performance and indeed the impact of exercise on nutritional status.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, laboratory practicals, seminars/workshops and directed learning tasks. Lectures will provide theoretical principles relevant to sport and exercise nutrition whilst seminars will allow you the opportunity to engage with supporting material with tutor support. Laboratory practicals will provide you with an opportunity to explore the interation between exercise and nutrition as well as providing you with vocational skills relevant to the field of sport and exercise nutrition. During dietary analysis workshops you will work in Northumbria’s computer laboratories, which are fully equipped with the latest industry-standard software (Microdiet/Nutritics).

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module information, assessment requirements and expectations and important module announcements will be made through the eLP. Material to support lectures (but not necessarily seminars or laboratory practical’s) will be uploaded in advance of sessions. You will be provided with content verbally and guided through tasks during timetabled sessions. The Module Leader is there to support you with any queries that you may have about the module content, however if you have any question or queries about the module content, all staff members provide 4 hours of tutorial support per week. Tutors can be accessed via email, or using the online booking system (youcanbook.me) which can be accessed via your mobile phone or computer. Typically, Module Leaders and Tutors will also support you with regards to the assessment requirements via online staff-student discussion boards on the eLP.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. identify (using evidence) an appropriate method to collect dietary data from a sport or exercising individual and implement this successfully in a ‘real-world’ setting;
2. analyse and interpret dietary data in relation to an individuals’ specific sport or exercise regimen and provide appropriate evidence-based nutritional recommendations.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. You will be able to convey evidence-based sport or exercise nutritional recommendations to both an academic and ‘lay’ audience.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. You will maintain high standards of conduct, performance, ethics and professional practice when working with clients.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Strategy
The main assessment component (100%) will be an individual submission of a sport or exercise dietary case study, which will constitute an academic report (70%) and client report (30%). All MLOs are examined in this assessment.

You are required to collect dietary, exercise and lifestyle data for an athlete or exercising individual (peers within the Undergraduate degree programme; Northumbria University students), using appropriate dietary data collection techniques. You will subsequently analyse this data using appropriate tools and make evidenced-based, written recommendations to the athlete or exercising individual, with regards to dietary improvement with respect to the sport or exercise regimen of the individual and other lifestyle factors.

Formative Feedback
During two assignment preparation dedicated seminars you will be provided with tutor support to enable you to successfully complete both elements of the case study (academic and client report). In these seminars you will be shown past examples of students work and in small groups you will peer review the attempts (i.e. what is good about the work, what could be improved), which will vary in standard.

Summative Feedback
You will receive individual electronic feedback on your case study and furthermore generic feedback on the assessment will be provided and posted on the eLP.


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Module abstract

Nutrition for sport and exercise’ will give you an insight into the vital role nutrition can play in optimising sport performance, whilst also recognising that those who exercise recreationally can also benefit highly from appropriate nutritional strategies. You will conduct practical nutrition sessions in Northumbria’s state of the art, BASES accredited laboratories, an exciting and stimulating place to develop your practical skills.

The assessment for the ‘Nutrition for sport and exercise’ module requires you to work with a client and collect dietary data, thus acquiring hands on experience to explore to explore peoples sport/exercise and nutrition habits and the impact lifestyle can have on nutritional practices. Given the development of such ‘real-world’ employability skills, this module will prepare you for modules in your third year. More specifically, you could complete a ‘dissertation’ project or a ‘work-based placement’ centred around sport, exercise and nutrition.

Course info

UCAS Code C600

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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