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SES2002 : Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Wouter Peeters
  • Lecturer: Dr Adrian Holliday, Dr Daniel West, Dr Carl Hulston, Dr Oliver Shannon, Professor Emma Stevenson
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the nutritional requirements of exercisers and athletes in a range of different sports and the role of nutrition in optimising performance. The enhancement of exercise and performance through nutritional strategies and ergogenic aids will be considered. Students will also gain insight into the role of a sports nutritionist in a range of different sports.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following topics:

•       Working as a sport and exercise nutritionist and the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register
•       Energy and carbohydrate requirements for exercise Nutritional requirements for competition
•       Fluid and electrolyte balance
•       Post-exercise nutrition strategies
•       Proteins and amino acids in sports nutrition
•       Nutritional interventions to increase fat metabolism
•       Nutrition and immune function
•       Ergogenic aids
•       Nutrition for team sports
•       Nutrition for weight-making sports
•       Nutrition for endurance sports
•       Nutrition for the female athlete
•       Nutritional considerations for the young and masters athlete
•       Nutrition, exercise and GI distress
•       Cultural considerations for nutrition in athletes
•       Nutrition for the diabetic athlete
•       Exercise, nutrition and appetite regulation
•       Translating research to practice

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture32:006:00PIP lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion143:3043:30Preparation &completion of infographic &revision for online exam.This includes 10 min PIP presenting
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00PIP lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:3016:30PIP lectures
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities31:003:00PIP Activities involve dev. of excel skills, data analysis & presenting skills
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical32:006:00PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00PIP - Peer review infographics; review journal articles; practicing case studies
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion15:005:00Engage students in online discussion/formative activities to support student engagement in learning
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity120:0020:00Podcast
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity42:008:00To make content tangible, students test concepts at home
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study176:0076:00Reading and writing up of lecture notes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00PIP - Introduction into the module.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to deliver essential new learning, these sessions are then followed up by group work teaching to develop the foundation information provided, plus independent guided reading. Practical sessions will provide students with opportunities to carry out research experiments and dietary assessment. 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 been allocated for listening to podcasts and exploring online discussions and forums in sports nutrition. Time has also been specified for assessment preparation.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Poster1M25Infographic and 10 min presentation of data collected during practical sessions. (PIP)
Portfolio1M75Describe, rationalise and prepare/cook meals in alignment with current nutritional recommendations (4 x 400 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The oral infographic presentation will provide students with the opportunity to 1) design an engaging infographic, a method of knowledge exchange, which is increasingly popular in sports nutrition, and, 2) apply their knowledge and skills in sport and exercise nutrition to a simulated research trial. This will reflect real-life practice for a sport and exercise nutritionist. The presentation will develop communication skills and provide students with the opportunity to develop and synthesise materials into a clear and understandable format.

The problem solving exercise will be designed to stimulate students to translate theoretical knowledge into a product (i.e. a meal). On four occasions over semester 1 and 2, students will be given a case study where they will have to describe their knowledge on current nutritional recommendations and use this to prepare a meal that meets the recommendations. A rationale, a description and visual image of the product will be presented in a document. This assessment will stimulate active engagement throughout the module with the learning outcomes.

Public health contingency:

The oral presentation will be assessed during online synchronous sessions.

Reading Lists