This unit provides an introduction to nutrition for health, exercise and sports performance. It enables students to understand the roles of the main nutrient groups, as well as various vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements and ergogenic aids for the promotion of healthy living, prevention of chronic lifestyle-related diseases and enhancement of exercise and sport performance and recovery. Students study the influences of various diets and eating patterns on conditions such as overweight/obesity, and a diverse range of lifestyle disease. Students will understand the inter-relationships between nutrition and exercise in terms of energy balance, disordered eating and body composition assessment methods.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate the scopes of practice of exercise and sport scientists, nutritionists and dietitians in Australia with regards to nutrition;  
  2. Analyse and evaluate food and nutrient intakes for health and wellness throughout the lifespan, including regulation of body mass and composition, and sport and exercise performance enhancement;  
  3. Analyse and discuss nutrition information derived from both popular media sources and scientific research (peer-reviewed journal articles);  
  4. Demonstrate assessment of food and nutrient intake using common methods, and interpret results; and  
  5. Appraise topical and recurring trends and practices in nutrition.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project A self-investigation of food and nutrient intake 10%
Presentation An appraisal of food product nutrient composition, and product marketing claims and consumption 15%
Essay Research paper discussing selected topical areas in food and nutrition 40%
Case Study Dietary analysis case studies 35%

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