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NUTR71-115: Sports Nutrition May 2020 [Intensive]

General information

This subject builds on earlier studies in clinical dietetics to develop graduate competencies relevant to sports nutrition. This subject 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. This subject will enhance student’s knowledge and skills to support their development towards evidence-based sports nutrition practice.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:NUTR71-115
Subject title:Sports Nutrition
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 18) - Seminar 1
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 18) - Seminar 2
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 18) - Seminar 3
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 18) - Seminar 4
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 18) - Seminar 5
  • Personal Study Hours: x2 (Total hours: 30) - Recommended study hours
Attendance and learning activities: This subject includes Compulsory Learning Activities. Students must attend and participate in all Compulsory Learning Activities and attend 80% of classes (including remote classes) to pass the subject. The following Dietitians Association of Australia National Competency Standards are mapped to this subject – 1.1.2, 1.3.3, 1.4.2, 1.4.5, 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.3.3, 3.1.1, 3.1.3, 4.1.2, 4.1.3, 4.1.4. 4.1.5, 4.2.3, 4.3.3, 4.3.5. The following ACEND core knowledge and competencies are mapped to this subject – KRDN1.2, KRDN1.3, CRDN1.2, CRDN1.3, CRDN1.4, CRDN1.6, KRDN2.1, KRDN2.2, KRDN2.5, KRDN2.6, CRDN2.1, CRDN2.2, CRDN2.6, CRDN2.10, KRDN3.3, KRDN3.4, CRDN3.3, CRDN3.4, CRDN3.6. Student must attend ALL sessions. Attendance in classes will be monitored. If a student has a legitimate reason for non-attendance they must notify the subject convenor as early as possible and provide documentation (i.e. absence form, medical certificate, statutory declaration).


Prescribed resources:
  • Regina Belski,Adrienne Forsyth,Evangeline Mantzioris (2019). Nutrition for Sport, Exercise and Performance. 1st, Crows Nest, Australia: Allen and Unwin
  • Susan Lanham-New (Editor), Samantha Stear (Editor), Susan Shirreffs (Editor), Adam Collins (Editor) (2011). Sport and Exercise Nutrition. 1st, Wiley-Blackwell , 400.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

Must be admitted into CC-63041 - Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Describe foods and food preparation methods used in relation to sports nutrition practice.
  2. Apply the National Physical Activity Guidelines in practice.
  3. Develop educational material that is evidence-based, culturally sensitive and pitched at the appropriate literacy level to meet the needs of sports nutrition clients.
  4. Interpret and describe the advantages and limitations of anthropometric, body composition and nutritional assessment data using appropriate reference ranges.
  5. Identify nutrition outcome measures and performance indicators related to sports nutrition interventions and the factors that impact adaptation to training and exercise.
  6. Identify the changes in metabolism of carbohydrate, protein and fat that occur during physical activity and the likely impact on sports nutrition requirements.
  7. Outline nutrition strategies to enhance recovery and adaptation after exercise training.
  8. Provide an evidence-based rationale for the use of specific supplements and ergogenic aids to enhance performance.
  9. Describe the physiological functions of vitamins and minerals and explain how and why mincronutrient requirements may be altered in athletes compared with non-exercising individuals.
  10. Critically appraise the nutritional, health and psychological risks of 'fad' or popular diets.
  11. Identify and discuss specific nutrition issues associated with children, adolescent and older athletes.
  12. Apply knowledge of the sporting environment as to how this can influence sports nutrition practice.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Online Quiz This assessment includes 3 x 30 minute online quizzes that will assess the knowledge you have gained through your coursework through a series of multiple choice and short answer questions. 30% Progressive 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
Competency Test Remote delivered series of sports nutrition case studies or tasks that will require written or verbal responses. Assessment preparation will be undertaken in remotely. This assessment will be delivered remotely. 30% In Consultation 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11.
Project § You will develop a short sports nutrition 'eating for your sport' youtube/video clip. Your group will prepare the video and a written report which includes the scientific rationale for your topic and chosen sport. 40% In Consultation 1, 3, 6, 8, 12.
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

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University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

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Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Subject overview including assessment items. Explore pathways to practice and introduce Sports Dietitians Australia. We will explore how the dietary intakes of athletes differ including their use of sports foods, fluids and supplements. Further, we will explore how you would modify the Nutrition Care Plan as well as dietary standardisation techniques you might incorporate into sports nutrition research.

Explore weight management strategies for athletes, including making weight. Consider implications on general health and well-being and understand the implications of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport. Explore body composition techniques and develop an understanding of how to incorporate and interpret these techniques into your practice.


Develop hand-on skills in the laboratory to explore substrate utilisation during different intensities of exercise. Understand the principles of exercise prescription and the supporting physiology. Further explore the impact of exercise on substrate utilisation for exercising and athletic populations and the implications this has on daily carbohydrate and fat requirements.

2, 6, 7.

To understand protein recommendations for training, recovery, and muscle hypertrophy in both exercising and athlete populations including masters athletes and the aged. Dietetic Counselling: Developing your dietetic counselling skills in athletes and active clients to maximise training and competition performance goals.

3, 7, 12.

Explore issues surrounding the use of dietary supplements and develop skills to advise clients regarding safe, legal and effective use. Identify supplements that are known to be effective and develop an understanding of when and how they should be incorporated in athletes across their lifecycle.

5, 7, 8, 12.

Understand the metabolism and subsequent implications on iron and calcium requirements for active individuals and athletes. Who is at risk and what are key dietary strategies to address increased requirements. Project Presentations and group interaction.

9, 12.

Understand the principles of thermoregulation and the implications on daily fluid losses and fluid requirements of active individuals and athletes. Undertake a fluid balance assessment to develop your hands-on skills and understanding of sweating during exercise. And lastly, explore the delicate interplay during the post-exercise window on energy intake and fluid intake and subsequent implications on rehydration and recovery.

1, 3, 5, 7.

Athletes and those competitive exercisers may have specific requirements on game and race-day. We will explore sports nutrition principles for dealing with individuals and teams to enable you to successfully advise athletes on competition day. Further, we will provide examples of how you stay up to-date in sports nutrition and how you can develop your career in sport or expand your private practice to attract active individuals and athletes.

3, 5, 6, 12.
Approved on: Apr 28, 2020. Edition: 1.6
Last updated: Aug 12, 2020.