Course Title: Exercise and Sports Nutrition

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Exercise and Sports Nutrition

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Professor Stephen Bird

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 399257257

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 203.03.05

Course Coordinator Availability: by email appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no enforced pre-requisites.

Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities: You will be expected to have a basic understanding of Human Biology and the Principles of Exercise Science.  It is suggested that you have completed at least one course in Physiology and one course in Exercise Science.

Course Description

Exercise and Sports nutrition links food with physical performance. It refers to the nutritional needs of all active people, covering the areas of exercise for health and performance in sport. It focuses on nutrition providing the fuel for exercise, recovery, performance and the essential elements for growth, maintenance and repair of the body’s tissues.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Exercise and Sport Science Program Learning Outcomes:


  1. Apply knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts of Exercise and Sport Science.  Including the core areas of: Human Physiology, Anatomy, Functional Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Learning and Control, Exercise Metabolism and Nutrition, and Psychology (PLO1).
  2. Review, analyse and interpret information, and independently generate conclusions (PLO3).
  3. Communicate knowledge through a variety of modalities (PLO4).
  4. Contextualise discipline knowledge to performance sports and / or health, disease and ageing (PLO7).


This course contributes to the development of the following Physical Education Program Learning Outcomes:


  1. Develop content knowledge and how to teach it (PLO2).

This course will provide the skills and knowledge for a range of accreditation standards required by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).


Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Relate key theories of nutrition to typical factors of health, exercise and sport.
  2. Relate roles of nutrition in physical performance, recovery and adaptations to exercise.
  3. Undertake a basic dietary assessment, and relate to the needs of the individual.
  4. Investigate issues in sports nutrition.
  5. Provide sound nutritional advice to athletes and healthy individuals, and know when to refer to a dietician.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, directed readings line material, tutorials and use of related software are the primary student learning experiences.

You will undertake the equivalent of three hours a week of contact time as lectures/tutorials/laboratories. Additionally, you will be expected to undertake a further 3 hours a week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include class readings, lecture notes, textbook, handouts and references on selected topics, as well as industry standard software for dietary analyses. The myRMIT system provides opportunities for students to independently access much of this material. It will be to the student’s advantage to access and review lecture notes and related materials prior to class. These should not however be viewed as a complete set of lecture note materials

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course will consist of:

  1. Mid semester exam (25%) (CLOs 1, 2).
  2. Food diary assignment, including the collection, analyses, interpretation of data, and presentation of report (20%) (CLO 3).
  3. Report assessing a key topic in sport and exercise nutrition (15%) (CLO4).
  4. End of semester exam (40%) (CLOs 1, 2, 5)