The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


Sports Nutrition is the study of nutrition and exercise in promotion of health, and prevention and management of disease process for groups with specific nutrient needs. Applied exercise science is integrated with nutrition and dietetics.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Critically examine the current sports nutrition literature and be able to generate practical advice for athletes

2. Appropriately assess the nutritional needs of athletes.

3. Formulate an appropriate diet plan for an athlete to enhance performance and optimise health.

4. Recommend appropriate dietary advice for athletes with therapeutic dietary requirements.

5. Critically examine the appropriate use of nutritional supplements and ergogenic aids for athletes.


  1. The nutritional assessment of athletes
  2. Energy, protein and carbohydrate requirements for athletes
  3. Nutritional needs for training, competition and recovery.
  4. Nutritional requirements for athletes at different stages of the lifecycle and for athletes with special needs.
  5. Exercise related nutritional deficiencies.
  6. Dietary supplements and ergogenic aids.
  7. Dietary extremism in the sporting community.
  8. Nutrition for specific sports and environmental conditions.


Students must have completed 160 units of a relevant program including nutrition studies at 2000 level to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

160 units of study, including nutrition courses at 2000 level.

Assessment items

Essay: A1 - Essay

Essay: A2 Essay

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 140 hour(s) per Term Full Term

By blackboard/email/phone, as required. Self directed learning is supported by iLectures and voluntary tutorials provided to support learning. No set hours