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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

  • This course integrates the key concepts in nutrition and metabolism which are essential for understanding how these metabolic and biochemical processes underpin human physiology;
  • You will be able to apply specialist knowledge of how exercise training and dietary intake influence human adaptation and optimise exercise performance;
  • You will gain in depth and focussed knowledge through core sport and exercise science practicals which enhance employment skills, in addition to improving problem solving, experimental design and data interpretation skills;
  • All this will prepare you for advanced study of human and exercise physiology

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Alison Jenkinson
  • Dr Michael Scholz

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of BI25M6 Energy for Life (Passed) or BI25M7 Energy for Life (Passed) or PY3002 Integrative Physiology (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will consider the biochemical responses to acute exercise and the adaptations that occur in response to repeated bouts of exercise. In addition, the effect of exercise on nutritional requirements and the effects of diet on exercise performance will be examined. The course will investigate the energetics of muscle activity, the sources of energy available to muscle, the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and lipids, the control and integration of the metabolic response to exercise and biochemical mechanisms involved in the fatigue process. The effects of exercise on energy balance and body composition, nutritional demands of high level training as well as the roles of diet and exercise in a healthy lifestyle will be studied. The relevance of dietary recommendations for athletes and the use of dietary supplements and other ergogenic aids will be reviewed.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour essay examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%). Continuous assessment comprises: 2 laboratory reports, 1 problem solving exercise, 1 essay (1,500 words).

Resit: 1 three-hour essay examination (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).

Formative Assessment

A mock exam allows students to practice for essay based exams and receive feedback on their performance.


Practical reports and essays will be marked with written comments.

Problem solving questions will be discussed during a specific lecture/feedback session.

Tutorial sessions will provide discussion and feedback on course content.

Written comments will be provided on the mock exam question.

Course Learning Outcomes


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