Nutrition for Health, Fitness and Sport

Course code EXSS3030
Available in 2017
2017 Course Timetables


This course provides a scientific underpinning of nutrition for health, fitness and sport. The course covers a range of topics including dietary guidelines, measuring nutritional status, assessment of energy requirements, protein and amino acid needs, water and fluid balance, nutritional considerations before, during and after exercise, weight management and nutrition supplements.



  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Complete dietary intake analysis to provide recommendations regarding energy balance and nutrient intake

2. Provide recommendations regarding weight loss/gain to benefit health, fitness and athletic performance

3. Provide advice on nutritional changes that may offer positive benefits for health and athletic performance (before, during and following exercise).

4. Be aware of various kinanthropometric methods and their limitations.

5. Be familiar with the Joint Position Statement of Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA) and Dieticians Association of Australia.


  • Function of macronutrients and micronutrients
  • Methods for assessing dietary intake
  • Comparison of kinanthropometry techniques
  • Estimation of energy requirements for health and exercise
  • Weight loss strategies for health and exercise
  • Nutrition prior to exercise
  • Hydration and nutrition during exercise
  • Nutrition for recovery from exercise
  • Protein and amino acid supplementation
  • Aetiology of obesity and nutritional interventions for improving health
  • Supplements and sports foods
  • Vitamin, mineral and antioxidant needs of active individuals
  • Nutrition needs for special populations:

Joint Postition Statement of Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) and Dieticians Association of Australia.

Assumed Knowledge

FSHN1030 Introduction to the nutritional, physical and psychological aspects of wellness.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Quiz: Quiz - Class