EXERSCI 206 : Exercise Nutrition


2024 Semester Two (1245) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A cross-disciplinary focus on nutrition, examining nutritional enhancement of sports performance, diet and physiological function, eating disorders, energy balance, body composition and the role of diet in growth and exercise.

Course Overview

This course provides scientific background for understanding human nutrition as it applies to sport and exercise. It introduces principles of physiology and biochemistry that underpin diets and nutritional practices for physical activity. The course examines the fundamentals of nutrition, macro- and micro-nutrients, fluids, dietary supplements, and drugs in sport. Practical skills include quantifying nutritional status, critically evaluating dietary practices, and examining the scientific basis of supplements. The course uses a blended learning system, with online knowledge topics and quizzes followed by 2-hour laboratory seminars each week. 

If you are interested in understanding the science and application of nutrition to support a physically active lifestyle, or enhance athletic performance, then you will find the skills developed in this course useful.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 30 points from MEDSCI 100-320 or BSc courses Restriction: SPORTSCI 206

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 2: Sustainability
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Recall the basic physiology and biochemistry underpinning nutrients and their metabolism. (Capability 3)
  2. Demonstrate how nutritional practices can improve exercise training and performance outcomes. (Capability 3, 4 and 5)
  3. Apply techniques of dietary assessment to quantify nutritional status. (Capability 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  4. Evaluate the efficacy of diets and dietary supplements. (Capability 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8)
  5. Design and communicate individualised and periodised nutritional interventions. (Capability 4, 5, 6 and 8)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Final Test 40% Individual Test
Mid Semester Test 20% Individual Test
Assignments 40% Group & Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Final Test
Mid Semester Test


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Key Topics

Learning is organised within seven modules: 

1. Introduction & background
2. Fundamentals
3. Nutritional Status
4. Macronutrients
5. Micronutrients and Fluids
6. Dietary supplements & drugs in sport
7. Personalised nutrition

During class, students will develop knowledge topics and learn practical skills related to each module. Students will complete three coursework assignments and participate in the appraisal of classmates' work. 

Special Requirements

This course has no compulsory activities or assessments that must be completed in order to pass the course.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in. Each week you can expect up to 2 hours of online material, a 2-hour class, 3 hours of reading and thinking about the content, and 3 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience or Online

This course is offered in two delivery modes:

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at weekly classes to complete skills-based learning activities. Attendance on campus is not required for the mid-semester and final test. The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.


Attendance is expected at scheduled weekly online classes to complete skills-based learning activities and these will be recorded. Attendance on campus is not required for the mid-semester and final test. Where possible, study material will be available at course commencement. This course runs to the University semester timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

The following textbooks are recommended reading for the course:
Understanding Nutrition (2022) Whitney, E. ISBN: 9780170424431 Library: QU145 W618 2022
Sport Nutrition (2018) Jeukendrup, A and Gleeson, M. ISBN: 9780736079624 Library: QT263 J58 2018 

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

 A mechanism to assess the individual contribution in groupwork (Assignment 2) has been introduced.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 01/11/2023 10:22 a.m.