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SES2002 : Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Wouter Peeters
  • Lecturer: Dr Adrian Holliday, Professor Emma Stevenson, Dr Deb Dulson, Mr Lee Ager, Mr Ollie Page, Dr Oliver Shannon
  • 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: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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:

•       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 injured athlete
•       Exercise, nutrition and appetite regulation
•       Translating research to practice
•       Working as a sport and exercise nutritionist and the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00PIP
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion145:0045:00Preparation & completion of infographic and portfolio.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture32:006:00PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:3015:00PIP
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00Podcast
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical32:006:00PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00PIP - Peer review infographics; review journal articles
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion15:005:00Engage students in online discussion/formative activities to support student engagement in learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00PIP - Using diet diaries, development of excel skills, data analysis
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity42:008:00To make content tangible, students test concepts at home
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study175:0075:00Reading 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
Oral Presentation1M25Individual presentation of an infographic: 10 min presentation of data collected during practical sessions. (PIP)
Portfolio2M75Describe, rationalise & prepare/cook meals in alignment with current nutritional recommendations based on 4 case studies (4 x 500 words).
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Portfolio1MTo assist students with time management, at the end of the first semester, students will submit the first 2 of 4 case studies
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 portfolio will be designed to stimulate students to translate theoretical knowledge into a product (i.e. a meal). On two occasions over semester 1, 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.

Reading Lists