Module Identifier SS12510  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Mark Burnley  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Glen Davison  
Course delivery Lecture   10 x 1 hour lectures  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written Exam100%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours Written exam100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate a base of knowledge concerning key dietary manipulations relevant to sport and health

Evaluate dietary information and show judgment about its scientific significance

Complete a one day weighed dietary survey and analyse this for nutritional composition using a computer program

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. This module is concerned with the science underpinning a range of common dietary practices including vitamin supplements, vegetarianism, protein intake and diets for weight loss. The module will include a weighed dietary survey so students can study their own diet.


Manipulating nutritional intake is widespread whether it be the elite athlete seeking a performance edge through vitamin supplementation or the overweight person choosing a protein-heavy diet to lose weight. This module is designed to give students a rational, scientific approach to the consideration of a set of common dietary manipulations. In this way they will develop a base of knowledge along with skills in evaluating evidence.


Vitamin and mineral supplementation, the special place of iron in sport and exercise nutrition, protein and amino acid requirements for strength development, vegetarianism, weight loss. Underpinning scientific frameworks concerning energy balance, protein pool, selected aspects of biochemistry, reference nutrient intakes. Practicals will include a weighed dietary survey and computer-aided analysis.

Module Skills

Communication The poster session will develop written and oral communication  
Improving own Learning and Performance Dietary data collection, analysis and presentation require time management. Independent study and organisation of material required for the exam.  

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Jeukendrup, Asker E. (c2004.) Sport nutrition :an introduction to energy production and performance /Asker Jeukendrup, Michael Gleeson. 0736034048
** 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
Maughan, R. (2000) Nutrition in sport. Oford: Blackwell
** Supplementary Text
Maughan, Ron J. (2004.) The biochemical basis of sports performance /Ron Maughan, Michael Gleeson. Oxford University Press 0199269246PBK
Maughan, Ronald J. (2005) Sports Nutrition 0632058145
McArdle, W., Katch, V. (2001) (2001) Exercise physiology: energy, nutrition and human performance. 5th ed. Baltimore: Lippencott, Williams and Wilkins
Powers, Scott K. (2006.) Exercise physiology :theory and application to fitness and performance /Scott Powers, Edward Howley. 0071107266
** Reference Text
MAFF (1995) Manual of nutrition. 10th ed. London:HMSO

** 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. 32(9 Suppl) pages: S498-504..


This module is at CQFW Level 4