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SES8002 : Exercise Metabolism and Sports Nutrition

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adrian Holliday
  • 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 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of the metabolic responses to exercise, how this influences nutritional needs, and what are appropriate practices in sports nutrition.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following topics:

-       Energy demands during exercise and recovery
-       Regulation of carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism
-       Whole-body, tissue, cellular and molecular responses to exercise
-       Nutrient-exercise interactions: implications for training adaptation
-       Carbohydrate, fat and protein requirements for athletes
-       Dietary supplements for athletes

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Preparation for assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00PIP - Formal lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading126:0026:00
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00PIP - Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will introduce students to a range of fundamental concepts within the field of exercise metabolism and sports nutrition. Small group teaching activities (seminars) will then examine these concepts in greater depth, with critical evaluation of the scientific literature and consideration for practical application to sport.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60Invigilated exam: 50% MCQs (50 questions) 50% short answer questions (5 x 10 mark) - PIP
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination2M40PIP - 20 minute group presentation followed by a 10-minute defence. The presentation will be aimed at a professional audience
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

As this module’s main learning outcomes are focused around students becoming knowledgeable in the field of exercise nutrition and metabolism, and ability to translate this into practice, the assessments are aimed and designed to critically evaluate this both in written and presentation format. The presentation assessments’ secondary aim is to give students experience of presenting work in a format similar to that if delivering to a room of academics and sports nutrition practitioners.

MDiet candidates must obtain an overall mark of 50 or above to pass the module, however, if the module has more than one assessment students must also achieve a mark of at least 35 in each component of the assessment to pass the module.

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