Principles of Nutrition and Metabolism

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
28 November 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C600 Sports and Exercise Science,
BSC C602 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C606 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC C611 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C607 Sports Performance and Coaching,
BSC C608 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C609 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Placement Year),
BSC C614 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

Students will be able to describe the flow of nutrient intake and energy production supporting not only training and performance but optimal health. The chemistry and role of both macro- and micronutrients will be described in terms of a balanced diet. We will examine the intake of food, digestion, absorption, assimilation or metabolism of nutrients, through to the sources of energy for different types of exercise and the causes of fatigue. The module provides a firm foundation from which to study, in later modules, exercise physiology and the specific nutritional requirements of athletes including legal and illegal substances.

Module aims

The overall aim of the module is to gain a basic knowledge of nutrition and metabolism underpinning Sports Science.

Module learning outcomes

To pass this module students will need to be able to:

1. describe the principles of a balanced diet and outline the nutritional requirements of sportspeople;
2. describe the structure and function of the digestive system.
3. describe the chemistry, digestion, assimilation and role of the macronutrients;
4. describe the nature, distribution and roles of the micronutrients;
5. outline the metabolic pathways involved in energy metabolism;
6. explain how these pathways are integrated and regulated in the context of exercise;
7. describe the sources of energy and causes of fatigue in different types of exercise;
8. demonstrate competence in data presentation, analysis and interpretation, numeracy, information retrieval and written communication.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

24 x 1 hour lectures including 1 on directed learning material plus 1 revision class before MCQ and 1 revision class before summer exam; 3 x 3 hour practicals or equivalent


  • Ronald J. Maughan. (2000) Nutrition in Sport: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
  • McArdle, William D. (2019) Sports and Exercise Nutrition: Wolters Kluwer Health.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Worksheet for Lab Practical 2    5% 
Coursework   Worksheet for Lab Practical 3    5% 
Coursework   DAI (food diary analysis)    90% 
Exam  110 minutes during Early Exams (Multiple Choice) 
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
33% 67%


Coursework Exam
33% 67%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Katharine Reed, email:
Dr Chris McManus, Dr Katharine Reed
School Undergraduate Office, email: sres(Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 83 hours, 21 (25.3%) hours available to students:
62 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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