Principles of Nutrition and Metabolism
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
05 October 2022
Requisites for this module
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),
MSCIC690 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Placement Year),
MSCIC691 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Year Abroad),
MSCIC699 Sports and Exercise Science,
BSC C603 Sports Therapy,
BSC C604 Sports Therapy (Including Placement Year),
BSC C605 Sports Therapy (Including Year Abroad),
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)
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.
The overall aim of the module is to gain a basic knowledge of nutrition and metabolism underpinning Sports Science.
On successful completion of this module, the student will 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.
No additional information available.
24 x 1 hour lectures including 1 on directed learning material plus 1 revision class before online exam; 3 x 3 hour practicals or equivalent
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
|DAI (food diary analysis)
|Main exam: Remote, Open Book, 150 minutes during Early Exams
|Reassessment Main exam: Remote, Open Book, 150 minutes during September (Reassessment Period)
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Henry Chung, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Henry Chung and Dr Chris McManus
Dr Jen Burbage
University of Portsmouth
Associate Head (Students)
Prof Joanne Hudson
Available via Moodle
Of 34 hours, 10 (29.4%) hours available to students:
24 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.
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