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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Provides a comprehensive overview of nutritional science and its relationship to physical performance. The unit enables students to gain basic skills in nutrition education when related to exercise.

Unit content

  • General nutritional requirements for sport and exercise related to gender, age and physiological state
  • Body composition, weight loss, making weight
  • Eating disorders and disordered eating in athletes
  • Changing nutritional requirements across athletic disciplines
  • Competition nutrition (preparation, during the event, recovery)
  • Nutrition related conditions at risk in the athlete and the exercising individual
  • Exercise nutrition in people with special needs
  • An introduction to nutrition education of athletes and exercising persons
  • Case Studies

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 critically discuss nutritional requirements for exercise and for recreational and elite athletes
2 critically apply nutrition concepts to enhance physical performance, recovery, health maintenance and rehabilitation
3 develop a nutrition education resource for athletes or exercising persons
4 demonstrate proficient skills in oral/visual presentation and skills in professional writing

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically discuss nutritional requirements for exercise and for recreational and elite athletes
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. critically apply nutrition concepts to enhance physical performance, recovery, health maintenance and rehabilitation
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. develop a nutrition education resource for athletes or exercising persons
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  4. demonstrate proficient skills in oral/visual presentation and skills in professional writing
    • GA4:
    • GA6: