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Undergraduate Course: Sports Nutrition 3 (SPRT10034)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe discipline of Sport and Exercise Nutrition is defined as "the science of the effects of diet and dietary components on the performance of the individual, and of how exercise affects the metabolism of nutrients in the body and the body's requirements for nutrients" (Sport & Exercise Nutrition Register (SENR) definition).

The course will examine current knowledge of macronutrients, micronutrients, fluids and dietary supplements. The connections between current research evidence and current recommendations for nutrition in a range of sports and populations will be examined.

This course will require students to demonstrate their understanding of the physiological and biochemical responses to physical activity and exercise in relation to current thinking in sports nutrition. Students will also gain an appreciation of how scientific knowledge can be translated into practice in an applied setting with the aim of benefiting performance in training and competition.
Course description This teaching and learning is research-led. Members of academic staff the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Science (ISPEHS) who contribute to this course are all members of one or more of the following research groups hosted by ISPEHS: (1) Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC), (2) Edinburgh Sports Research, (3) Human Performance and Aquatics and (4) Physical Education Research Forum (PERF).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 48, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 148 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x 2 hour exam (60%)
1 x 2000 word equivalent assignment (40%)
Feedback Informal Feedback - This takes place during teaching, seminars and practicals throughout the semester. Your tutors will comment on your understanding of the ideas covered in the course, and may give you specific advice regarding your progress. Such feedback is intended to help you understand what your strengths and development points are, and to enable you to take informed responsibility for your learning and progression.

Discussion forum - Throughout the course as a whole the students are encouraged to use a discussion forum in LEARN. Any questions posted by students about teaching, learning and assessment are be responded to by the course tutors for everyone to see.

Cohort feedforward - Detailed cohort feed-forward from previous cohorts of students is provided for all assessments on this course.

Formative feedback - Individual feedforward will be given to each student relating to both the written and the graphical aspects of the assessed assignment. This will be done in advance of the assessed assignment submission.

Summative Feedback - Individual written feedback will be available for the assignment. In addition detailed cohort feedback document discussing the assignment and some common problems and successes will be available. The feedback given to last year's students will be available too. A detailed cohort feedback document discussing the examination and some common problems and successes will be available. The exam feedback given to last year's students will be available too.

All students are able to request one to one meetings with course tutors to review their exam or assignment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate broad, integrated knowledge of current thinking in nutrition for sport and exercise
  2. Demonstrate critical evaluation of current evidence and current recommendations in nutrition for sport and exercise
  3. Use a needs analysis approach to synthesise nutritional knowledge appropriate to a range of sport and exercise scenarios and to use judgement where available data are limited
  4. Recognise ethical issues in applied sports nutrition such as those surrounding anti-doping regulations and disordered eating
  5. Collect, analyse, Interpret and evaluate a range of different types of sport nutrition data
Learning Resources
Maughan, R. J. (2013). The Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine: An IOC Medical Commission Publication, Sports Nutrition (Vol. 19). John Wiley & Sons.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course addresses 11 of the 20 graduate attributes aligned to the BSc Applied Sport Science programme

(2) Search for, access, critically analyse, evaluate and synthesize information from literature in order to answer research questions in sport and exercise sciences.
(3) Plan and execute research projects, involving data collection and analysis, which answer research questions in sport and exercise sciences.
(4) Interpret data collected or reported in sport, physical activity and exercise studies
(6) Develop logical arguments surrounding issues within sport science, physical activity and exercise

(7) Be independent learners who can take responsibility for their own learning
(8) Be able to respond to unfamiliar problems by extrapolating their existing knowledge and understanding

(9) Be able to communicate clearly using oral and written methods, including posters, presentations, essays, web pages, in order to critique, negotiate, create or communicate understanding

(15) Be able to work effectively in a team; overcoming and discussing problems and recognising the diversity of contributions different individuals can make to collaborative work
(16) Be able to transfer knowledge and ideas between different contexts within sport, exercise and health

(18) Be able to use the test, measurement and analysis tools appropriate to sport, physical activity and exercise, including for example laboratory or field tests.
(21) Be able to present data and report research findings according to standard scientific conventions
Keywordssport exercise nutrition
Course organiserDr Dave Saunders
Tel: (0131 6)51 4121
Course secretaryMr Pawel Horyszny
Tel: (0131 6)51 6571
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