Exercise Sports Nutrition

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Exercise Sports Nutrition

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Nutrition and Food Science, Sport and Leisure Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This course has no listed prerequisites. However an understanding of human nutrition and metabolism will be assumed.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course provides students with an understanding of the relationship between nutrition, health and exercise performance. Students will develop an understanding of nutrient metabolism during exercise and the role of food, fluid and nutrition supplements in enhancing exercise performance, training and recovery. Current nutrition recommendations for overall health and well-being will also be covered along with nutrition and physical activity guidelines for modifying body composition and preventing and managing chronic disease.

    Course Introduction
    This course is designed as an introduction to the principles of sports and exercise nutrition and is suited to students studying health related sciences. For students within the BExSci program, this course is reccommended if you seek to gain accreditation as an exercise scientist by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

    Course Aims
    This course aims to provide students with sufficient background knowledge of general nutrition principles to enhance the effectiveness of exercise interventions designed to improve health and/or exercise performance. Students will develop an understanding of current nutrition guidelines relating to health, fitness and exercise performance. Students will also develop the ability to apply these guidelines and provide general nutrition advice to individuals.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Have the ability to combine general nutritional principles with exercise advice to increase the effectiveness of their health and wellbeing interventions.
    2 Discuss the advantages and limitations of the use different nutrition assessment techniques.
    3 Describe contemporary dietary guidelines and demonstrate an ability to use these guidelines to provide general nutrition advice for achieving or maintaining a healthy body weight.
    4 Discuss carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism during and after exercise and outline the requirements of these nutrients for athletes.
    5 Explain the relationship between exercise, nutrition and energy balance for the control of body composition. Understand the relationship between body composition and exercise performance along with risk factors for certain diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoarthritis, non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia.
    6 Outline nutritional strategies to enhance recovery and adaptation after exercise training.
    7 Provide an evidence based rationale for the use of specific supplements and ergogenic aids to enhance performance.

    Assessment Plan
    Test or quiz - In Class Quiz #1 5%/5
    Test or quiz - In Class Quiz #2 5%/5
    Assignment - Practice-based Assignment - Applied Sports Nutrition Assignment - Fluid 20%/20
    Test or quiz - In Class Quiz #3 5%/5
    Assignment - Laboratory/Laboratory Report - Substrate Metabolism Lab Report 20%/30
    Test or quiz - In Class Quiz #4 5%/5
    Exam - selected response - End of Semester Exam 40%/55

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.