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Module Title
Sports Nutrition

physiological requirements; nutritional strategies; macronutrients; micronutrients; fluid & electrolytes; ergogenic aids; nutritional analysis

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedJuly 2004
ApprovedJune 2010
AmendedSeptember 2015
Version No.2

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Prerequisites for Module

Successful completion of stages 1-3 of the BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise Science course, or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To develop understanding of the nutritional requirements of different sports in order to provide evidence based recommendations.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Critically analyse the nutritional demands of a selected sport.
2. Critically evaluate the research on contemporary nutritional recommendations.
3. Critically evaluate the efficacy of selected nutritional ergogenic aids.
4. Evaluate strategies for achieving effective nutritional states for training and competition.

Indicative Module Content

Macro and micro nutrient requirements for athletic performance; fluids and electrolytes; exercise physiology and metabolic pathways; dietary analysis and development; timing of nutrient intake; nutritional ergogenic aids.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study



Private Study



Mode of Delivery

Lectures supplemented by practical sessions and tutorial based discussions.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4


Indicative Bibliography

1.BURKE, L. and DEAKIN, V., 2010. Clinical Sports Nutrition. 4th ed. New York: McGraw Hill.
2.JEUKENDRUP, A. and GLEESON, M., 2010. Sport nutrition: an introduction to energy production and performance. 2nd ed. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
3.BEAN, A., 2013. The Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.
4.McCARDLE, W.D., KATCH, F.I. and KATCH, V.L., 2014. Exercise Physiology, energy, nutrition and human performance, 8th Edition. London: Lipincott, Williams and Williams.
5.American College of Sports Medicine Position Stand: Nutrition & Athletic Performance. Available at:

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781