HPSCI203-19T (BTG)

Nutrition for Health and Exercise

15 Points

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Health Sport and Human Performance


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Paper Description

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This paper will include an overview of nutrition in the context of health and sport related settings, with focus on understanding the concepts behind nutrient science, energy balance, sex differences in sport nutrition requirements, introduction of the gut microbiome, and the influences of environmental factors on food production and intake.

The aim of this paper is to provide you with an understanding of nutrition, the relationship of everyday nutritional choices for optimal health and well-being, and the role of nutrition in exercise and energy metabolism.

Upon successful completion of this paper students will have an introductory understanding of contemporary nutritional concepts and applications as these relate to the New Zealand environment. This paper is designed to meet the learning required for those students who may enter into sports coaching, physical education and/or fitness instruction and personal training.

Please note that whilst this paper and its assessment equips students with the skills to understand how nutrition information applies to them as well as various communities, the paper does not meet the needs of those students who wish to specialise in nutritional counselling and consultation as a career.

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Paper Structure

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The paper will include the introduction of key nutrition themes and concepts, energy balance, current recommendations for sport nutrition, the gut microbiome and its influence on health and performance, and understanding the role of environmental factors on food availability, intake, and choices. The main learning objectives for this paper are included in the learning outcomes section below, however, the purpose is to gear students towards an understanding of good nutritional practices within sporting and health related contexts.
This paper is an intensive block of lecture and practical work over the course of 3 weeks.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Daily lectures and practical workshops provide students with discussions and information relating, but not limited, to the following outcomes:
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of macro and micro nutrients in the diet.
    2. Identify and demonstrate a practical application of sex difference needs in dietary intake and energy expenditure in sport and health (for team and individual athletes).
    3. Have a basic understanding of food and environment interactions on our genetic code for health and performance
    4. Critically evaluate the food environment, its effects on dietary consumption, and influences on current dietary practices (including social media, documentaries, and other popular media)
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Individual Intervention Report
15 Dec 2019
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. In class reflective quiz
15 Dec 2019
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Practical application of theory
  • In Class: In Workshop
4. Final Presentation
29 Nov 2019
4:00 PM
  • Presentation: In Class
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Powers S, K., & Howley, E. T. (2014) Exercise Physiology. McGraw Hill Education.
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Recommended Readings

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Pollan M. (2008) In Defense of Food. Penguin Books

Sims ST. (2016) ROAR: How to match your food and fitness to your female physiology. Rodale.

Skolnik H & Chernus A. (2011) The Nutrient Timing for Peak Performance. Human Kinetics.

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Online Support

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Lecture notes will be made available on MOODLE following lectures. However, lecture notes are brief and do not include the detail required to complete this paper. Therefore it is to your advantage to attend ALL lectures to ensure you are conversant with the content of this paper.
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This paper has an expectation of 150 hours (equates to 36 hours of face to face interaction) of class time and independent study. While these 150 hours are a University wide requirement and reflect professional commitment, absences can create problems not only for your learning progress but also for your student colleagues. If you know in advance that you will be absent from a lecture or laboratory, then you must advise the lecturer.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper provides an introduction to sport and health related nutrition, and therefore links to Exercise Physiology and Performance Physiology related papers, specifically; HPSCI201 Exercise Physiology and Prescription, HPSCI301 Advanced Exercise Physiology and HPSCI303 Advanced Performance Monitoring and Exercise Prescription.
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Restricted papers: SPLS207

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