SP5008 - Practical Skills for Sport and Exercise Nutritionists

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What will I learn on this module?

Sport and exercise nutritionists are required to work with clients in real world setting to evaluate dietary habits, physical activity behaviopurs and the impact these factors have on health status. The ‘Practical Skills for Sport and Exercise Nutritionists’ module will expose you to different assessment methods which are available to sport and exercise nutritionists to explore body composition, energy intake and energy expenditure of clients in real-world settings. At the start of the module, tutors will facilitate the development of such key competencies, then you will be required to indepedntly develop these skills by applying and interpreting the outcomes of a range of body composition, energy intake and energy expenditure assessment strategies in a real-world sport, exercise and nutrition context.

How will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn mainly through tutor guided independent learning and self-directed independent learning. There will be practical laboratory sessions and seminars facilitated by tutors, but the emphasis of this module will be for you to independently engage with module content outside of taught sessions to facilitate your own professional development. The content of this module will be front loaded into the first few weeks, to provide you with sufficient time to practice your competencies with a client in a real-world setting. During laboratory practicals you will work in Northumbria’s BASES accredited laboratories, which are fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology and in dietary analysis/energy expenditure workshops you will work in Northumbria’s computer laboratories, which are fully equipped with the latest industry-standard software (Microdiet/Nutritics and Actilife).

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 seminars and 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. Furthermore, on this module you will be allocated a tutor, who will be available for 1 hour each week (drop in tutorials) to answer an queries you may have about the module content and assessment requirements.

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:
1. You will be able to provide a theoretical, evidence-based argument for a chosen body composition, energy intake and energy expenditure data collection method;
2. You will be able to identify methods availbale to sport and exercise nutritionists for the assessment of body composition, energy intake and energy expenditure and successfully analyse, present and interpret this information;

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You will be able to collect and interpret body composition, energy intake and energy expenditure data, using field based techniques, from a sport or exercising individual and implement this successfully in a ‘real-world’ setting;

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. You will take responsibility for your own professional development by implementing your chosen body composition, energy intake and energy expenditure data collection methods in a ‘real-world’ context with a client.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Strategy
The main assessment component will be an individual submission of a case study (100%; 2500 words; MLOs 1-5).

You will be required to work with a client and collect and interpret body composition, energy intake and energy expenditure data. You will be required to provide a case history of your client (20%), an evidence-based argument for your chosen data collection methods (40%) and present and interpret the data appropriately (40%).

Formative Feedback
You will receive interactive support in practical laboratory sessions and workshops with regards to the various sport, exercise and nutrition assessment strategies. In these sessions (under tutor supervision) you will then be given the opportunity to practice these techniques in a laboratory setting, before working with a client in a real-world setting. You will also be allocated a tutor, who will be available for 1 hour each week to support you via drop in tutorials.

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

Pre-requisite(s)

SP0407 Fundamentals of Human Physiology; SP04XX Energetics of Exercise

Co-requisite(s)

SP0516 Physiological Assessment in Sport, Exercise and Health; SP0534 Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Module abstract

Practical skills for sport and exercise nutritonists’ will provide you with key skills and competencies required by sport and exercise nutritionists. You will conduct practical sessions in Northumbria’s state of the art, BASES accredited laboratories, an exciting and stimulating place to develop your practical skills and in workshops you will work in Northumbria’s computer laboratories, which are fully equipped with the latest industry-standard software.

The assessment for the ‘Practical skills for sport and exercise nutritonists’ module requires you to work with a client to demonstrate your competencies using (and interpreting findings from) a range of laboratory and/or field assessment and intervention strategies relevant to sport, exercise and nutrition in a real-world context. 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 CB64

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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