Sports Nutrition for Coaches - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

This unit considers the fundamental sports nutrition principles for athletes and provides practical strategies for athletes before, during and after exercise. Issues related to weight management, particularly muscle building and weight loss, are also presented.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the essential components of food
  2. determine and source the protein needs of athletes
  3. select appropriate foods to provide the carbohydrate requirements of athletes
  4. define the roles of vitamins and minerals in health and performance
  5. select appropriate fluids for hydration, cooling and energy
  6. advise athletes on foods and drinks before, during and after exercise
  7. describe the roles of nutritional supplements in performance
  8. develop appropriate strategies for muscle building and weight gain
  9. determine relevant strategies for fat burning and weight loss
  10. describe appropriate nutrition for specific sports.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Online Discussion — Online Postings (20%)
  • Quizzes — Onlines Quizzes (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PES7208 — Sports Nutrition for Coaches
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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Nutrition and fuel systems for sport
2Protein for growth and maintenance
3Carbohydrate for energy
4Vitamins and minerals for health and performance
5Liquids for hydration, cooling and energy
6Eating before, during and after exercise
7Digestion and timing of meals
8Nutritional supplements
9Muscle building and weight gain strategies
10Fat burning and weight loss strategies

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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