HLTH SC 3100 - Exercise, Nutrition & Metabolism
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code HLTH SC 3100 Course Exercise, Nutrition & Metabolism Coordinating Unit Medicine Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites HLTH SC 2100 or PHYSIOL 2510 or PHYSIOL 2520 Course Description Optimal nutrition forms the foundation for good health and peak physical performance. Food provides both the macronutrients as fuel for exercise and the micronutrients for efficiently extracting and transferring energy into kinetic energy for movement. The search for the exact `nutritional balance? for optimal metabolic function has consumed scientists and ignited public interest in the field. Yet, there remains a great deal of anecdotal dogma in the public domain regarding nutrition advice much of which is unsupported scientifically.
Drawing its content from recent published scientific research this course explores how nutritional composition impacts on the regulation of body mass, exercise performance, and training responsiveness. Modules will cover the optimal fuel mix, fluid and electrolyte balance for peak physical performance. Further more, in response to the escalation in the incidence of metabolic diseases in Australia we shall address the interrelated roles of nutrition and physical activity for prevention and treatment of obesity and cardiovascular disease.
During practical sessions students will have the opportunity to learn skills to assess body composition and markers of metabolic health. Course assignments will focus on applying their new found knowledge to design simple evidence based nutritional plans for exercise and a small group discovery project exploring the science behind sports nutrition supplements.
This course will provide insight into the development and application of evidence-based nutritional practices and the knowledge gained will be of great benefit to those interested in sports and/or nutritional science.
Course Coordinator: Dr Nichola Thompson
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physiological and biochemical mechanisms controlling macronutrient metabolism during exercise, training and recovery.
2. Display knowledge and understanding of the physiological regulation of fluid and micronutrient balance in difference environmental conditions and knowledge of methods to address any imbalances.
3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the interrelated roles of nutrition and physical activity as a mechanism to and for the prevention and treatment of metabolic disease.
4. Apply transferable skills to accurately assess nutritional intake, body composition and markers of metabolic health.
5. Apply nutritional knowledge and skills to a design simple evidence based individual nutritional plan.
6. Acquire, read and interpret and synthesise information from a wide variety of scientific sources in a planned and timely manner
7. Acknowledge and reference sources of information appropriately
8. Demonstrate the ability to collaborate effectively with peers in the production of scientific reports and performing verbal presentations.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
4-6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4,8 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
4-8 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
4,8 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesSport and Exercise Nutrition (4th edition). McArdle WD, Katch FI and Katch VL (eds). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
Recommended ResourcesDepartment of Sports Nutrition, Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) http://www.ausport.gov.au/ais/nutrition
The Gatorade Sports Science Institute
Online LearningAll lecture, tutorial and practical materials will be housed on myuni. Electronic lectures including imbedded video, audio narration and quiz will offered via articulate storyline productions. These electronic resources will be used to support face to face practical and tutorial experiences and for formative assessment.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from MyUni
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A total of 3 contact hours per week of is required for 2 face to face lectures, 1 tutorial is required. In addition a 2hr practical workshop session is held fornightly. Preparation for the practical workshops and tutorial classes is expected. Preparation for the individual assignment (10hrs); team research project (20 hrs) submissions and final exam preperation (40 hrs) will also be required.
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Week 1 Principles of Nutrition for exercise Week 2 Fluid and ion balance Week 3 Macronutrients as fuel Week 4 Carbohydrates and Fat for performance Week 5 The Macronutrient fuel mix Week 6 Protein metabolism and Protein supplements Week 7 Individual differences in metabolism Week 8 Exercise and the Gastrointestinal tract Week 9 The endocrine system and ergogenic aids Week 10 The Obesity epidemic Week 11 Nutrition and exercise for weight control Week 12 Disordered eating patterns
Small Group Discovery ExperienceStudents will be required to produce and present (document and presentation in week 12 or 13) a small group discovery project. Students will be assigned a general theme related to exercise, nutrition and metabolism they will be guided on developing an appropriate research question and produce a comprehensive literature review and research proposal in the area of choice. Specific discovery project sessions will be held in week 4,6 and 9.The project will completed in groups of 5 and be presented to the class as a 20 min presentation where formative assessment will be made. Students will then submit a 4000 word report for assessment.
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Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Online Quizzes Summative 10% Practical Class Quizzes Summative 5% Individual Assignment Summative 30% Group Discovery Project Summative 20% Final Exam Summative 40%
Online Quizzes: 3 Multiple choice quizzes will be offered via MyUni as the semester progresses. (The quizzes will assess knowledge gained in the previous weeks of semester. Each online summative quiz is worth 3% and a bonus 1% is awarded to students who complete all the online quizzes throughout the semester.
Practical Class Quizzes: Each practical session will include a quiz which must be completed during the session. The quiz will assess knowledge and experience gained in the practical session as a marker of engagement. There are four practical sessions assessed each worth 1% and a bonus 1% is offered for completion of all practical engagement quizzes.
Individual assignment: Students will be provided with a selection of case studies of active individuals. Students will use the knowledge gained through teaching sessions in conjunction with published scientific literature to design a three day meal plan tailored to their selected case study. The meal plan will be supported by a full nutrient analysis of its content and a discussion of the scientific literature on which the design was based. The assignment will be submitted in the style of a report via MyUni.
Group discovery project: Students will be required to work as part of a team of 5-6 students to conduct and present a research project. Students will be assigned a nutritional supplement promoted in the sports industry. They will investigate as a team the scientific literature behind the ergogenic aid. The outcomes of their project will be submitted as a group literature review and the outcomes of the investigation communicated to the class as a public interest style presentation’ in week 12 of semester.
Final exam: Final exam will cover all lecture and practical material. The exam will be comprised of short and mid-length answer questions. The assessment will focus on the application of knowledge gained through the course into real world scenarios.
SubmissionAll written assignments (report and project) will be submitted and outcome relased via turnitin. Students will be unable to submit any report via turnitin after the due date has closed. Penalties for late submission of assignments – In cases where an extension has NOT been granted, the following penalties will apply:
• For assignments submitted after the due date, a penalty of 50% of the maximum marks available for that assignment will be incurred.
• Assignments received two (2) or more days after the due time/date will not be allocated a mark, however, these assignments must still be submitted to pass the unit.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.Supplementary examinations in Exercise, nutrition and metabolism are ORAL exams conducted by a panel of at least two assessors. NO written examination is available. They will only be conducted during the formal supplementary examination period.
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