Nutrition For Sports Performance - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - 1500 word assignment (35%) , Case Study - 1500 word case study analysis (15%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 1,169.00
HECS 1,169.00
International 1,450.00

Please note: this unit was previously known as Sports Nutrition.

In this subject students will learn the essentials of human nutrition that improve and sustain optimal performance for sport and exercise for both elite and recreational athletes. It will cover topics including pre-, during and post training/event nutrition and fluid intake. Nutrition for muscle gain and fat loss for optimising body composition and performance. Nutritional challenges seen in specific sports and age groups will also be discussed as well as sports supplements.

Upon completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. analyse and integrate evidence in providing appropriate nutritional advice to athletes and active individuals within their scope of practice
  2. evaluate and assess the nutritional demands of athletic performance in a variety of sports and life stages
  3. critically analyse a range of current issues in sports nutrition
  4. evaluate the role of nutritional factors and environmental factors affecting physical performance.
  • Assignment 1 — 1500 word assignment (35%)
  • Case Study — 1500 word case study analysis (15%)
  • Quizzes — 2 x 1 hour online quizzes (50%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Other special requirement — This subject is offered via Open Universities Australia. La Trobe University students can undertake this subject as part of a cross institutional enrolment under certain circumstances, and must seek approval from the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Course Coordinator for eligibility. Due to the nature of the subject content and online delivery, enrolments are generally not permitted past the published OUA enrolment date for the study period.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to sports nutrition
2Exercise physiology and metabolism; energy systems
3Energy requirements and estimating energy expenditure
4Macronutrient requirements
6Training and competition demands in various sports
8Sports foods, supplements and ergogenic aids

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  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.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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