Available in 2022
Course code

EXSS3030

Units

10 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

The course covers a range of topics including dietary guidelines and measuring dietary intake, the role of macro- and micronutrients in health and exercise performance, identifying athletes at risk of nutrition-related health conditions, weight management and body composition assessment, hydration and nutritional considerations before, during and after exercise, and nutritional supplements. By the end of this course, students will have the foundational knowledge and skills to provide general advice on nutrition to support general health, well-being, fitness and performance.


Availability

Online

  • Summer 2 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand how diet plays a role in disease prevention and exercise performance (ESSA 11.2.1 & 11.2.4);

2. Identify strengths and limitations of commonly used dietary and body composition assessment methods and how they apply to practice (ESSA 11.2.2 & 11.2.6);

3. Understand risk factors for nutrition-related health conditions commonly seen in athletes and understand the process for referring on (ESSA 11.2.3);

4. Understand the evidence on the efficacy and potential side-effects of supplements and key supplement safety messages (ESSA 11.2.5);

5. Demonstrate the delivery of evidence-based advice appropriate for delivery by Accredited Exercise Scientists (ESSA 11.2.7).


Content

  • Dietary guidelines
  • Methods for assessing┬ádietary intake and their limitations
  • Energy requirements for health and exercise
  • Joint Position Statement of Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) and Dieticians Association of Australia
  • Macronutrients: carbohydrates, fat and protein
  • Micronutrients: vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and water
  • Hydration and nutrition before, during and after exercise
  • Supplements and sports food

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

In Term Test: Online exams

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Online


Contact hours

Online

Online Activity

Online 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Hours per week will vary according to whether the course is offered as a semester 1 or 2 course or as a summer course. The total number of hours per term remains the same.

Self-Directed Learning

Online 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Hours per week will vary according to whether the course is offered as a semester 1 or 2 course or as a summer course. The total number of hours per term remains the same.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.