Sports And Exercise Nutrition MED5491

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Students will study aspects of Sports and Exercise Nutrition.


Classes will meet several times a week during semester 2

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





A 90 minute exam (75%)

An individual piece of coursework/set exercise (approx. 1000 words) (25%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To provide students with an understanding of the role and importance of nutrition in exercise and physical performance.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify and critically discuss the main nutritional problems in athletes and individuals who exercise regularly for health and fitness.

■ Discuss critically the current scientific data related to energy needs of athletes, assessment of body composition and strategies for weight change.

■ Discuss critically the current scientific data related to the effects of macronutrients and fluid on exercise performance and health.

■ Discuss critically the current scientific data related to the effects of supplementary vitamins or minerals and nutritional ergogenic aids on exercise performance and health.

■ Discuss and explain mechanisms by which performance and recovery from exercise are enhanced by optimal nutrition.

■ Select and critique approaches suitable for the enhancement of performance in endurance, strength and sprint training.

■ Communicate and present research evidence and ideas clearly in a style appropriate to a variety of different audiences using different media.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.