NUTR09008 2019 Professional Skills for Sports Nutritionists

General Details

Full Title
Professional Skills for Sports Nutritionists
Transcript Title
Professional Skills for Sports
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Subject Area
NUTR - Nutrition
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Thomas Smyth, Laura Keaver
Programme Membership
SG_SSPOR_M09 201900 Master of Science in Sports and Exercise Nutrition SG_SSPOR_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Sports and Exercise Nutrition

This module develops students competencies in transferable/additional skills needed to practice as a sports nutritionist. These include communication skills to create a rapport conducive to empowering clients to change eating behaviour, overcome issues of compliance and facilitate client follow-up, aspects known to significantly impact the outcome of nutritional interventions.  Psychological models for promoting eating behaviour change and compliance will be practised and issues related to ethics, governance, professional conduct and establishing evidence-based practice will be included.  Basic enterprise & innovation skills aimed at students planning to set up their own practice are also included here


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate and critique a range of suitable communication skills and styles for working with individuals and teams


Critically analyse psychological models for behaviour change and their relevance in changing eating behaviours


Recognise the professional issues of ethics, code of conduct, confidentiality, contracts, data protection, personal liability/insurance and counselling skills


Demonstrate basic enterprise and innovation skills

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered through online weekly lectures. This will consist of two hours of lectures per week as well as two hours of asynchronous learning which will consist of interactive and forum discussions and MCQ's. In addition, the learner will be expected to allocate an additional 6 hours per week for continuous assessment and additional reading. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% continuous assessment and will focus on assessing your communication skills and ability to demonstrate sound ethical judgement and familiarity with professional codes of conduct. 

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment if required

Indicative Syllabus

Communication skills, behaviour change theories and models, overcoming issues of compliance, ethics, governance, professional conduct, enterprise and innovation skills, development of a professional social media presence

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Providing nutritional advice to an athlete: video analysis and self-evaluation of your communication skills and ability to provide evidence based nutrition advice in a professional manner. Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % Any 1,2,3,4
2 Application of professional codes of conduct and ethics into practice Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Any 1,2,3,4
3 Critique behaviour change techiques and their effectiveness in particular athletes, teams or sports Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Any 2

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online Two hours lectures and two horus asynchronous learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2017 Nutrition Counselling and Education Skills: A Guide for Professionals Wolters Kluwer

Required Reading
2013 The Complete Guide to Behavioural Change for Sport and Fitness Professionals Bloomsbury Sport

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Beto J & Holli B (2017). Nutrition Counselling and Education Skills: A Guide for Professionals. 7th Edition. Wolters Kluwer 

Lawrence D, McNash E & Bolitho S (2013). The Complete Guide to Behavioural Change for Sport and Fitness Professionals. Bloomsbury Sport 

Journal Resources

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour 

Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 

British Journal of Sports Medicine 

International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism 

Sports Nutrition and Therapy 

URL Resources

Sport England APPLYING BEHAVIOUR CHANGE THEORIES: Real World Examples From The Get Healthy Get Active Projects. 

Association for Nutrition Standards of Ethics, Conduct and Performance 

Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) 

Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) Code of Professional Conduct (2017) 

Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) Record Keeping Guidance (2015) 

British Dietetic Association Professional Guidance on Social Media. 

British Dietetic Association Private Practice. 

International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) 

Other Resources