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SES1001 : Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rebecca Townsend
  • Lecturer: Mr Wouter Peeters
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aim of this module is to equip students with the fundamental knowledge required for practical application of physical activity, exercise and nutrition principles. The module considers the assessment of diet, physical activity levels and fitness. Students will study the design, delivery and effectiveness of exercise and nutrition programmes to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following topics:

•       Current UK physical activity and exercise guidelines
•       Measuring physical activity and monitoring exercise training
•       Current UK dietary recommendations
•       Food sources of nutrients and food groups
•       Methods to assess dietary intake
•       Body composition assessment
•       Measuring energy expenditure
•       Health and safety in an exercise / fitness environment
•       Components of physical fitness
•       Measuring physical fitness
•       American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for exercise testing
•       Principles of exercise training

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion175:0075:00Preparation for written assessment and exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture71:007:00PIP - Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Synchronous online lectures
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials71:007:00Non-synchronous online lectures and associated online learning activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00PIP - Laboratory sessions
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading146:0046:00Reading from lecture material and preparation for practical exam.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities42:008:00Preparation for small group teaching sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00PIP - Sessions to facilitate discussion of module content or apply knowledge to consolidate learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:303:00PIP computer lab workshop, immediately following practical session
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity136:0036:00Follow up reading to further extend knowledge
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Synchronous online drop-in sessions placed throughout the semester
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and lecture materials are used to deliver foundation learning material, supported by independent guided reading. Small group seminar sessions will consolidate learning through active learning activities. These sessions will also promote independent learning through the completion of pre-session structured reading and research tasks. Practical sessions will provide students with opportunities to carry out a range of exercise tests and assessments. These will be followed by workshop sessions, in which data collected in the practical sessions will be analysed and explained. Defined hours for reflective learning will promote the student to evaluate their learning so far and identify weaknesses that need to be followed up by further reading. Time has also been specified for assessment preparation.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A50Invigilated exam. Combination of 4 short answer and 20 multiple choice questions - PIP
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M50Students record webcast-style presentation demonstrating test/assmt relating to phys activity/nutrition/fitness or health (10-mins)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Foundation knowledge will be assessed through a short answer and MCQ exam. The webcast presentation will assess practical skills and the ability to explain the principles and theory underpinning a test/assessment of physical activity; Nutrition, fitness or health. This assessment will also help develop the key graduate skill of digital literacy. Formative teaching activities with the use of quizzes and through seminar discussions will help the students evaluate their progress and improve their understanding of the key concepts underpinning this module.

Students studying on BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences must submit all module assessment components and obtain an overall mark of 40 or above to pass the module – see the programme regulations and handbook for further details.

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