Module code: BMS3089

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

COLLINS AL Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 115

Lecture Hours: 24

Tutorial Hours: 6

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment PRACTICAL REPORT - DUE TEACHING WEEK 11 30
Examination EXAM (2 HOURS) 70

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BMS2039 Human Nutrition

Module overview

This module focuses on the application of nutrition to sports and exercise.  The module begins with an introduction to exercise physiology both theoretical and practical before exploring the role of energy and nutrients during exercise.  Content is taught using a collection of in house and external speakers and in collaboration with the Surrey Human Performance Institute with Surrey Sports park.  By the end of the module students will be confident in how to apply nutrition principles in a sport and exercise setting.    

Module aims

To provide an understanding of the physiological, biochemical and nutritional demands of exercise and sport

To gain insight into the innovative ways nutrition can be used to enhance exercise performance and improve recovery

To provide experience of field and laboratory methods used in exercise testing, including cardiopulmonary testing (CPET)

To be able to critically appraise the suitability of commercially available sports nutrition products

To gain insight into the role of the sports nutritionist/sports dietitian alongside individuals and teams

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Understand the biochemical principles underlying energy expenditure, substrate utilization and its assessment. KP
2 Understand the role nutrition has in the physiology and biochemistry of different types of exercise and training K
3 Appreciate the use of exercise testing in assessing health, fitness, nutritional requirements and/or physiological effects of intervention P
4 Understand the nutritional needs of athletes and be able to suggest dietary adjustments that may improve sporting performance KC
5 Have a critical understanding of the composition and use of sports foods, supplements and ergogenic aids, and their efficacy in influencing performance KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

To include:

Introduction to the module: Nutritional concerns of exercise
Energy expenditure – implications for  energy balance
PRACTICAL 1: Assessing and manipulating substrate utilization during exercise
Carbohydrate demands and requirements for exercise
Fluid & electrolytes
Protein requirements and demands for exercise
Nutrition for Strength and power sports
Sports Nutrition case studies
Special cases in Sports nutrition
PRACTICAL 2: Critical appraisal of commercial sports drinks and supplements
Exercise nutrition for the non-athlete – implications for health & energy balance
POSTER presentations (BMS3069 students)


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Complement existing knowledge on nutrition and metabolism by examining the application of nutrition to sport and exercise. 

Give students an awareness of the theory and practice of exercise nutrition through internal and specialist external speakers.

Help students translate theory into practical advice.

Give opportunity for analysis and critical thinking with regard to nutritional concerns for a given sport/exercise. 

The learning and teaching methods include:

30 hours of lectures, 2-4 hours per week

3 hours of practicals

4 hours of interactive tutorials / seminars

4 hour interactive poster session

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Their understanding of the nutritional concerns of sport and exercise

How the nutritional demands of sport and exercise can be adequately met and how performance can be maximised.

Their appreciation for the current issues in exercise nutrition and how research is developing the field. 

How nutritional assessment techniques can be used to evaluate impact of exercise nutrition on metabolism and performance.  . 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Practical report on the impact of nutrition on substrate utilization and/or performance. 
2 hour unseen exam ( students answer 2 essay questions)

Formative assessment and feedback

Written feedback on reports within 3 weeks of submission
Summary feedback on exam performance for all questions in the exam (within 4 weeks of exam sitting)




Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.