Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 1 x 2 hr practical per week
Lecture 1 x 2 hr lecture or seminar per week
Seminars / Tutorials


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Coursework  A 3,000 word report on a seven day dietary analysis  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Examination  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Re-assessment of failed component   100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to...

1. Undertake a full weighed dietary analysis and critically interpret the resulting data
2. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of energy supply and demand during exercise of differing intensities and durations
3. Evaluate the impact of dietary manipulations on sports performance and on health
4. Demonstrate the ability to place knowledge into practical situations with the exercise of good judgement


Nutrition can have a major impact on physical performance in sport and exercise. The role of nutrition (acute and chronic) needs to be properly understood to synthesise appropriate advice and recommendations for maximising sport or exercise performance. This module will allow students to study nutrition, as it applies to sport and exercise, at an advanced level. In this module students will explore relevant nutritional theory, drawing on the primary research literature and evidence, in the application to practical situations in sport and exercise. In this way students will develop an advanced knowledge along with critical evaluation skills.

Brief description

Proper nutrition is an essential aspect of sports and exercise performance as it provides energy for mechanical work and essential nutrients for the synthesis and maintenance of tissues. Improper nutrition can lead to diminished sports performance and health-related problems such as obesity. This module explores relevant nutritional theory and the application to practical situations in sport and exercise. Students will consider the effect of altering nutritional intakes (e.g. through dietary manipulation and/or supplementation). Particular emphasis will be placed on energy intake, dietary composition and the proportion of energy intake obtained from each of the macronutrients, water balance, and nutritional supplementation. Practical activities will include a full weighed dietary analysis; water balance during exercise in hot environments; and the effects of ergogenic aids and manipulating carbohydrate availability on performance.

Reading List

Essential Reading
(c2007.) Nutrition and sport /edited by Don MacLaren. Elsevier Primo search
Recommended Text
Jeukendrup, Asker E. and Gleeson, Michael. (c2004.) Sport nutrition :an introduction to energy production and performance /Asker Jeukendrup, Michael Gleeson. Primo search
Supplementary Text
Burke, L. & Deakin, V, (2000) Clinical sports nutrition 2nd ed McGraw- Hill, London Primo search Maghan, R.J. (2000) Nutrition in Sport Oxford, Blackwell Primo search Maughan, Ron J. and Gleeson, Michael (2004.) The biochemical basis of sports performance /Ronald J. Maughan, Michael Gleeson. Primo search Powers, Scott K. (2006.) Exercise physiology :theory and application to fitness and performance /Scott Powers, Edward Howley. Primo search Ronald J. Maughan, Louise M. Burke. (c2002.) Sports nutrition Primo search Williams, M.H. (1999) Nutrition for health, fitness and sport 5th ed WCB/McGraw-Hill, Boston, Mass Primo search
Recommended Consultation
COMA report (1991) Dietary reference values for food energy and nutrients for the United Kingdom. Department of health and social subjects 41. HMSO, London Primo search 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 & Exerercise. 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
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This module is at CQFW Level 6