HLTH SC 3100 - Exercise, Nutrition & Metabolism

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Nichola Thompson

    Dr Nichola Thompson
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. 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 diseases.
    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
    4,8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Sport and Exercise Nutrition (4th edition). McArdle WD, Katch FI and Katch VL (eds). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
    Recommended Resources
    Department of Sports Nutrition, Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) http://www.ausport.gov.au/ais/nutrition

    The Gatorade Sports Science Institute
    http://www.gssiweb.com/
    Online Learning
    All 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 Modes
    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from MyUni
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A total of 5 contact hours per week of 2 face to face lectures, 1 tutorial and practical classes are expected. In addition advanced preparation for the practical workshops and tutorial classes is expected. Preparation for the individual assignment (10hrs); discovery 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 Experience
    Students 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.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Online quizzes Summative 10%
    Individual assignment Summative 30%
    Group discovery project Summative 20%
    Final Exam Summative 40%
    Assessment Detail
    Quiz
    Six quiz will offered via articulate storyline productions. The quiz will be used to support face to face practical and tutorial experiences and for formative assessment.


    Report
    Students will be required to obtain data concerning the nutrient intake/physical characteristics of an athletic or non athletic person. They will use this data to compile a written report outlining the data and offering recommendations to the client using an evidence based approach. The composition of the assignments will be guided throughout the semester with feedback offered in the initial stages of the semester and upon completion of the first case report.

    Project
    Students 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.

    Final exam
    Final exam will cover all lecture and practical material. The exam will focus very much on applied and practical aspects of the course. Questions will be based around formative quiz delivered throughout the semester.
    Submission
    All 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.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    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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