Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Introductory Nutrition for Sport & Health
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 1 hr lecture per week
Seminars / Tutorials 2 x 1 hour seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2000 word Essay  100%
Supplementary Assessment 2000 word Essay  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate a base of knowledge concerning the role of nutrition in health and sport performance.

Discuss dietary guidelines and recommendations for health and sport.

Evaluate dietary information and show judgment about its scientific significance.

Brief description

From the athlete seeking a sporting edge to the obese individual seeking a more 'healthy' bodyweight, the manipulation of dietary intake is common. The aim of this module is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of human nutrition, the science underpinning a range of common dietary practices and the role of nutrition in health and physical performance.


The module will cover material at an introductory level. Indicative content includes topics such as assessment of basal metabolic rate, energy expenditure and intake (energy balance); macronutrients as energy sources; energy and macronutrient recommendations for health and sport; micronutrients; supplements and ergogenic aids.


Manipulating nutritional intake is widespread whether by the elite athlete seeking a performance edge through dietary manipulation or the overweight person seeking a 'healty' diet to lose weight. Nutrition has important effects on health and physical performance and this module is designed to give students a rational, scientific approach to the consideration of the role of acute and chronic nutrition on health and physical performance. In this way they will develop a base of knowlede along with skills in evaluating evidence.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Some calculations are required (i.e. calculation of basal metabolic rate, energy balance equations, energy content of diets with a given macronutrient composition, estimations of sweat rates and fluid requirements etc.)
Communication Written communication is required in the examination.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be given opportunities to complete formative short/MCQ tests on Blackboard. Feedback will be provided on their performance and they will be able to use this feedback to improve their own learning and performance and in preparation for the examination. Independent study and organization of material is required for the exam.
Information Technology Students will be introduced to a computer package used for dietary analysis and encouraged to attend optional drop-in sessions on the use and operation of this software. Knowledge of such dietary assessment tools is required for the exam but competence in using the software is not assessed.
Personal Development and Career planning N/A
Problem solving Evaluating information, judging its significance and considering the applications in different contexts (i.e. health vs sport performance).
Research skills Finding and evaluating scientific information.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work N/A

Reading List

Essential Reading
(c2007.) Nutrition and sport /edited by Don MacLaren. Elsevier Primo search Jeukendrup, Asker E. (c2004.) Sport nutrition :an introduction to energy production and performance /Asker Jeukendrup, Michael Gleeson. Primo search
Recommended Text
COMA (1991) Dietary reference values for food and energy nutrients for the U.K. Department of health report on health and social subjects #41 HMSO: London Primo search Maughan, R. (2000) Nutrition in sport. Oford: Blackwell Primo search
Supplementary Text
Maughan, Ron J. (2004.) The biochemical basis of sports performance /Ron Maughan, Michael Gleeson. Oxford University Press Primo search Maughan, Ronald J. (2005) Sports Nutrition Primo search McArdle, W., Katch, V. (2001) (2001) Exercise physiology: energy, nutrition and human performance. 5th ed. Baltimore: Lippencott, Williams and Wilkins Primo search Powers, Scott K. (2006.) Exercise physiology :theory and application to fitness and performance /Scott Powers, Edward Howley. Primo search
Reference Text
MAFF (1995) Manual of nutrition. 10th ed. London:HMSO Primo search
Recommended Consultation
Ainsworth BE, Haskell WL, Whitt MC, Irwin ML, Swartz AM, Strath SJ, O'Brien WL, Bassett DR Jr, Schmitz KH, Emplaincourt PO, Jacobs DR Jr, Leon AS. (2000) Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Compendium of physical activities: an update of activity codes and MET intensities. Comprehensive compendium of the energy requirements of various types of physical activity 32(9 Suppl) pages: S498-504. Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4