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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC5201M Exercise Physiology, Health and Sports Nutrition

20 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Camilla Nykjaer

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module explores the role of medicine and allied disciplines including nutrition in sport, while examining the health benefits of exercise and physical activity. It provides a critical understanding of key areas in sports medicine and the nutritional and practical dietary needs for those involved in exercise, for maintenance of health and for rehabilitation from disease. Example topics are delivered in the context of promoting healthy lifestyles to those involved in competitive sport, the general population and specific disease populations. Students will gain an understanding of sports medicine and the nutritional and practical dietary needs for those involved in sport and for maintenance of health. Students engage in critical analysis, and gain an understanding of applying basic principles to specific groups and for intervention. There are no exams, but assessed coursework provide opportunities for planning and organising independent work, to demonstrate critical thinking and research skills. The blended learning approach will adopt a mix of tutorials, lectures, practical sessions and mini-project. Recommended eLearning resources will be identified (including recorded lectures). Delivery will involve academic and clinical experts with practical experience in exercise medicine. It will involve introductory tutorials followed by lectures of exemplar topics, with a questionnaire and small scale nutrition intervention trial backed by computer-based data acquisition and analysis, completion of online sports medicine material (e.g. World Rugby head injury, a sports medical examination at club level proposal, and a 1 day exercise testing practical (providing the opportunity to make up for any deficit in knowledge of motor control etc.). Hence, students will participate in online learning, with compulsory attendance one day per month.


On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
- integrate the theoretical aspects of medicine, health and nutrition with the applied nature of Sports and Exercise Medicine
- assess the sports medicine needs of people engaged in a range of physical activities
- understand the principles of exercise testing
- offer nutritional advice to people in health or with disease, in relation to their sporting, exercise or physical activity
- advise on healthy living practices for a variety of individuals and contexts.

Learning outcomes
This module recognises the need for students of Sports and Exercise Medicine to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and develop an understanding of the role of medicine and the nutritional needs of those involved in exercise and physical activity, to assimilate information from multidisciplinary sources. This knowledge will be applied in the context of promotion of healthy lifestyles to both the general population and those involved in competitive sport, the potential conflicts that may arise, and the potential for rehabilitation strategies. In addition, they will analyse, interpret and present experimental data.


The module will cover the following:
- Health promotion and public health;
- The interaction of exercise, as prevention for cardiovascular, respiratory, and metabolic diseases;
- Management of sporting injuries on and off the field of play;
- Principles and practice of physiotherapy and rehabilitation;
- Sports medicine provision;
- The role of nutrition in enhancing performance;
- Nutrition and its relationship to health and rehabilitation.

Lectures will include:
1. Introduction to the module and assessment details
2. Health promotion theory & practice
3. Public health policy for physical activity
4. Sedentary behaviour and mental health
5. Medical screening and physiotherapy for athletes
6. Performance and breathing techniques, exercise-induced asthma
7. Use of exercise in diagnosis and treatment of COPD
8. Head trauma and concussion
9. Exercise is medicine
10. Exercise immunology
11. Exercise in rheumatology
12. Cardiac rehabilitation I
13. Cardiac rehabilitation II
14. Nutrition in the life cycle I
15. Nutrition in the life cycle II
16. Assessment clinic
17. Nutrition epidemiology and exercise
18. Nutrition, exercise and obesity
19. Myfood24 - computer cluster workshop
20. Nutrition for performance: consistencies with health I
21. Nutrition for performance: consistencies with health II
22. Assignment and module feedback

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours76.00
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours46.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Private study will include engaging with online resources provided, including a webinar, preparation of a sports medical outline, and preparation for/analysis of the fieldwork project:
- small scale nutrition assessment study;
- Online sports medicine material (e.g. World Rugby head injury

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A member of the academic or clinical teaching staff will be allocated as tutor to the group, and will meet with students twice during the module to assess progress, discuss issues arising, and set objectives for the next study period.

Students will have the opportunity to self-assess progress by means of suggested reading material and on-line resources available.

Tutors will be available during the practical session to answer any questions the students may have, and monitor progress via the write-up.

Students will have a tutorial, plus feedback from assessed work.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
CritiqueResearch synthesis (in relation to submitted information leaflet; 1500 words)35.00
ReportIndividual Lab Report (3,000 words)50.00
Poster PresentationInformation leaflet specific for selected topic (maximum size 1 x A4 page). It can be presented as a leaflet or a flyer.15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

No compensation among assessments; non weighted assessments are Pass or Fail

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/04/2019


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