Course Outline

NUT309 Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Course Coordinator:Gary Slater ( School:School of Health - Nutrition and Dietetics

2024Session 3

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Sport and Exercise Nutrition provides you with an understanding of the key principles of sports nutrition and its practical application across the spectrum of individuals from those following an active lifestyle to competitive athletes. You will learn about the impact of training and competition on exercise metabolism and thus energy and macronutrient, plus micronutrient needs and fluid requirements. Overall, you will develop competencies in understanding the role of nutrition for individuals in terms of enhancing exercise performance, while also addressing the requirements for overall health.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Series of pre-recorded videos 2hrs Week 1 8 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Face-to-face workshop applying theory addressed in online video recordings 2hrs Week 1 8 times

Course Topics

  • Introduction: Exercise metabolism, and the implications of training prescription on macro and micronutrient needs. Energy needs of active individuals

  • The Fuels of exercise: Carbohydrate and fat… friend or foe

  • Protein needs of athletes:  Beyond the RDI

  • Fluid needs of athletes: 

  • Body mass management of athletes… PROs and CONs

  • Sports Supplements: managing the risk

  • Special populations and environments

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

6 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Describe and evaluate the impact of variance in training type and load on exercise metabolism and needs for energy, protein, fat, carbohydrate and fluid across a wide range of sport activities Knowledgeable
2 Apply the principles of sports nutrition to analyse and interpret nutritional assessment data as it relates to the needs of a specific sport Creative and critical thinker
3 Applies an evidence-based approach to formulate nutrition goals and a nutrition intervention plan for an athlete that is client-centred in a culturally safe and responsive way Creative and critical thinker
4 Use critical thinking and professional judgement to construct a nutrition intervention plan for an athlete in relation to best evidence and their individual needs Creative and critical thinker

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


NUT202 and NUT212 and enrolled in Program SC302 or SC406


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

You are expected to understand the role and function of nutrients, nutritional requirements including deficiency and toxicity, food sources of nutrients and special nutrient needs of people across the lifespan.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

In week 2 of Session 3 you will be required to provide an overview of key issues at hand for peer review. Feedback will be provided at a group level to ensure key issues are identified for subsequent implementation in the remainder of the case study.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1a Case Study Individual 0%
Week 2 In Class
All 1b Case Study Individual 60%
1500 words
Week 6 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 40%
2 hours
Week 8 In Class
All - Assessment Task 1a:Report - Nutrition Intervention Plan
The goal of this task is to apply principles of sports nutrition to analyse and interpret nutrition assessment and body composition data of an athlete.
Product: Case Study
This assessment task requires qualitative and quantitative analysis of a meal plan. You will be given a case scenario related to an athlete from a specific sport. You will analyse the dietary intake of this individual athlete in comparison to nutrient standards and nutrition guidelines relevant to the specific sport. You will submit your dietary analysis on Friday, week 2 for formative (ungraded) feedback. You will use the template provided. This feedback will assist you to complete your final nutrition intervention plan report i.e. Assessment Task 1b.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Analyse and interpret nutrition assessment data using relevant nutrition standards
All - Assessment Task 1b:Report - Nutrition Intervention Plan
The goal of this task is to apply principles of sports nutrition to analyse and interpret nutrition assessment and body composition data of an athlete and formulate dietary recommendations and a meal plan that are evidence-based and meet their individual sport-specific needs.
Product: Case Study
You will be given a case scenario related to an athlete from a specific sport. You will analyse the dietary intake of this individual athlete in comparison to nutrient standards and nutrition guidelines relevant to the specific sport i.e. Assessment Task 1a. 

You will submit the following documents electronically through Canvas assignment on Friday, week 6.
Dietary Analysis template (using the template provided)
Nutrition Intervention Plan report of 1500 words. You will include in this report the following information: 
Dietary assessment of the individual
Nutritional goals 
Meal plan specific to the individual 
Justification of your nutrition intervention plan
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Analyse and interpret nutrition assessment data using relevant nutrition standards
Formulate key nutritional priorities and goals
Create a meal plan which aligns nutrition guidelines and is client-centred. Use critical thinking and integrate evidence to justify nutrition intervention plans.
Use credible, relevant and high quality references appropriately and according to scientific report writing conventions.
Communicate in written form consistent with a professional report.
All - Assessment Task 2:Exam
The goal of this task is to demonstrate your understanding of how training type and load influences energy, macro and micronutrient needs plus fluid requirements of athletes.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
A 2 hr final exam that will assess knowledge of the content taught in this course in learning materials, workshops and online activities. This exam will evaluate the following:                                                                             Application of knowledge of the impact of variance in training types and load on exercise metabolism, and thus energy, protein, fat, carbohydrate and fluid needs of athletes.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge of sport and exercise theory
Application of sport and exercise theory
Evaluation of data

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all studio and laboratory classes and a low level of health and safety risk exists. Some risk concerns may include equipment, instruments, and tools; as well as manual handling items within the laboratory. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment
Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:
a.	The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
b.	The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
c.	You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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