Module Title:Sports Nutrition
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Students will be taught using a combination of lectures, interactive Q&A, group discussion, peer learning, case studies and use of relevant software. Small-group practical laboratory sessions will provide students with the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge and develop their hands-on laboratory skills. Independent learning will contribute significantly to the development of the learner and will involve preparation for classes, review of class materials, reviewing current literature, and work associated with assessment tasks.
Module Aim: To provide students with an understanding of the role of nutrition and the practical application of nutrition guidelines in enhancing exercise and sports performance and to develop a critical understanding of the concepts and current literature in the area of sports nutrition.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Appraise and critique current guidelines and research in relation to the role of nutrition and nutritional supplementation for the enhancement of performance
LO2 Recommend and advise on nutritional requirements and optimal nutritional practices for participation in exercise and competitive sport at all levels
LO3 Accurately measure, record and interpret the results of sports nutrition laboratory practicals.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module.
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Successful completion of year 2 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Section A.1
Energy balance and body composition
Section A.2
Protein requirements for strength and endurance
Section A.3
Recovery nutrition for training and competition
Section A.4
Nutrition for competition preparation
Section A.5
Fluid and fuel intake for training and competition
Section A.6
Dietary supplements and ergogenic aids
Section A.7
Vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants for athletes
Section A.8
Dietary analysis
Section A.9
Accurate recording, analysis and interpretation of sports nutrition laboratory measurements
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
No Continuous Assessment
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Portfolio of evidence of practical skills which may include written reports, case studies or presentations. 1,2,3 50.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Exam 1,2 50.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Practicals 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.13
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASPS_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Science 5 Mandatory
CW_SASRA_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy 5 Mandatory
CW_SASAC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Strength and Conditioning 5 Mandatory