SP6034 - Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise Nutrition

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What will I learn on this module?

‘Contemporary issues in sport and exercise nutrition’ will challenge your current beliefs surrounding existing sport, exercise and health nutrition advice. Each week you will study a different contemporary issue relating to the field of sport and/or exercise/health nutrition. You will be exposed to the underpinning scientific concepts relating to each contemporary issue, then challenged to question current dietary advice and thus devise your own dietary recommendations. On this module you will learn that the discipline of sport and exercise nutrition is saturated with advice that often has no scientific underpinning. Therefore, as final year sport, exercise and nutrition students, you will further develop your critical evaluation and questioning skills that will be invaluable to you when applying to work in the field of sport, exercise and nutrition upon graduation.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through seminars, practical cooking sessions and directed learning tasks. In seminars, you will be exposed to the underpinning scientific concepts relating to different contemporary issues and challenged to question current dietary advice. You will apply this knowledge during practical cooking sessions in Northumbria’s state of the art, BASES accredited laboratories, which houses a dedicated Nutrition Kitchen, an exciting and stimulating place to develop your practical skills. Theoretical information will be contextualised during practical cooking sessions, where you will experiment with cooking meals for various population groups, in order for you to successfully complete the written assessment task, where you are asked to provide meal and diet plan ideas for a topic of your choice.

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 practicals) 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 might 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:
• You will be able to critique existing dietary recommendations related to a range of contemporary issues in sport, exercise and health nutrition, in light of underpinning biochemical and biological principles;
• You will be able to formulate alternative sport, exercise and health nutrition dietary recommendations based on biochemically and biologically sound evidence.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• You will be able to effectively communicate physiological principles and dietary advice in a manner which enables sport, exercise and health practitioners to easily interpret and implement into their own practice;

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• You will be able to confidently challenge current beliefs surrounding existing sport, exercise and health nutrition advice, related to a range of contemporary issues.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Strategy
The main assessment component (100%) will be a 3000 word written piece of coursework (MLOs 1-4).

You will be expected to choose a topic studied during the module as the basis for assignment. The aim of the assignment is to outline to sport and/or health practitioners the physiological background to your chosen contemporary issue and how this translates in terms of accompanying dietary advice.

Formative Feedback
Formative assessment will take the form of providing dietary advice during seminars and kitchen laboratory sessions. Staff will provide formative feedback during these sessions about the quality of the outputs. These tasks will familiarise you with the format and content of expected in the summative assignment.

Summative Feedback
You will receive individual written feedback on your coursework and furthermore generic feedback will be provided and posted on the eLP.

Pre-requisite(s)

SP0470 Fundamentals of Human Physiology; SP0468 Energetics of Exercise; SP5009 Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition; SP5008 Practical Skills for Sport

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

‘Contemporary issues in sport and exercise nutrition’ will challenge your current beliefs surrounding existing sport, exercise and health nutrition advice. Each week you will study a different contemporary issue relating to the field of sport and/or exercise/health nutrition. You will be exposed to the underpinning scientific concepts relating to each contemporary issue, then challenged to question current dietary advice and thus devise your own dietary recommendations. You will apply this knowledge during practical cooking sessions in Northumbria’s state of the art, BASES accredited laboratories, which houses a dedicated Nutrition Kitchen, an exciting and stimulating place to develop your practical skills. Theoretical information will be contextualised during practical cooking sessions, where you will experiment with cooking meals for various population groups, in order for you to successfully complete the written assessment task, where you are asked to provide meal and diet plan ideas for a topic of your choice.

On this module you will learn that the discipline of sport and exercise nutrition is saturated with advice that often has no scientific underpinning. Therefore, as final year sport, exercise and nutrition students, you will further develop your critical evaluation and questioning skills that will be invaluable to you when applying to work in the field of sport, exercise and nutrition upon graduation.

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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