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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC5201M Exercise Physiology, Health and Sports Nutrition

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr Camilla Nykjaer

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

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 study backed by computer-based data acquisition and analysis, as well as completion of online sports medicine material (e.g. World Rugby head injury Assessment will take the form of a research synthesis and information leaflet on a selected SEM topic, and a lab report based on the small scale nutrition study.


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;
- 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;
- Exercise in rheumatology;
- Sedentary behaviour and health;
- Management of sporting injuries on and off the field of play;
- Principles and practice of physiotherapy and rehabilitation;
- Sports medicine provision;
- Measuring dietary intake;
- The role of nutrition in enhancing performance;
- Nutrition and its relationship to health and rehabilitation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours78.00
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Private study will include engaging with online resources provided, including webinars, background reading and lecture preparation, and working on coursework.

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 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 tutorials, plus feedback from assessed work.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
CritiqueResearch synthesis (in relation to submitted information leaflet; 1500 words)30.00
ReportIndividual Lab Report (2,500 words)45.00
Poster PresentationInformation leaflet specific for selected topic (maximum size 1 x A4 page). It can be presented as a leaflet or a flyer.25.00
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: 29/04/2022 15:27:42


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