NUTR09020 2019 Nutrition, health and fitness assessment

General Details

Full Title
Nutrition, health and fitness assessment
Transcript Title
Nutrition, health and fitness
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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
Azura Youell, Irina Uzhova
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 will prepare students for applied aspects of sports, exercise and nutritional assessment, including methods of dietary analysis, energy expenditure assessment and selected techniques used to evaluate parameters of health and fitness from the general population to elite performers.

Learning Outcomes

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


Discuss the appropriate application and limitations of selected measurement & evaluation methods; including anthrompometric, dietary, biochemical, physiological and functional assessment methods.


Critically interpret and evaluate scientific evidence involving the use of dietary, anthropometric or laboratory methods to determine nutritional health status and health & fitness levels


Elicit, record, interpret and report scientific data gathered from nutritional and health and fitness assessments to plan nutritional interventions.


Demonstrate skills & knowledge related to obtaining informed consent prior to individual assessment & evaluation and principles of confidentiality in the recording and sharing of client information.


Demonstrate competence in the application of a range of methods commonly used to measure aspects of diet, nutrition, health and fitness.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered online through weekly lectures. There will be 24 hours of practical work throughout this module which may be delivered as several half-day workshops.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 60% continuous assessment and 40% final exam.

It is anticipated that the 60% continuous assessment may be broken down into several component assignments keeping pace with the schedule of on-site lab-based training days (TBC) and allowing sufficient time for submission, grading and student feedback before final exams.

Repeat Assessments

Students will be offered the opportunity to repeat either/both continuous assessment or final exam as required.

Indicative Syllabus

Assessment of dietary intake & nutritional status: anthropometry; laboratory methods; clinical methods; and  ecological factors.

Fat free mass, fat mass, subcutaneous fat, lean mass, visceral fat, central obesity, fat patterning

BMI, circumferences, skinfold caliper testing, bioelectrical impedance analysis, near infrared reactance, air displacement phlethysmography, densitometry, DXA

Energy balance and factors which effect it; objective measures of physical activity and estimation of energy expenditure; calorimetry, doubly labelled water, METs, physical activity and exercise measures, heart rate, RER, motion sensors, questionnaires

Dietary assessment methods; subjective reports versus objective observation; recall methods, food frequency questionnaires; diary methods, duplicate diet & bomb calorimetry; biomarkers of dietary intake

Validity, reliability, advantages, limitations, measurement errors, bias and potential implications in various methods of dietary assessment.

Considerations for choosing an appropriate method based on specific criteria

Assessing health, fitness and nutritional status in population sub groups including: children, adults, the elderly, athletes; additional factors for consideration

Mutifactoral Health & Fitness Assessment Methods

Apps relevant to health, fitness & nutrition 



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Report on the dietary intake, body composition and/or energy expenditure of a peer determined from recordings taken in lab-work, rationalising choice(s) of assessment methods and making recommendations based on results Continuous Assessment Individual Project 60 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Assessment of laboratory & physical testing techniques Formative Performance Evaluation - % OnGoing

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 40 % End of Term 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online Lecture 4 Weekly 4.00
Practical Science Laboratory Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Offsite Self-directed learning 8 Weekly 8.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 14.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2019 Nutritional Assessment McGraw-Hill Education

Required Reading
2018 Nutrition Assessment: Clinical & Research Applications Jones & Bartlett Learning

Required Reading
2005 Principles of Nutrition assessment Oxford University Press

Required Reading
2004-01-01 Applied Body Composition Assessment Human Kinetics Publishers
ISBN 0736046305 ISBN-13 9780736046305

Bringing both practitioners and students up to date on the latest body composition methods and equations for healthy and clinical populations, this volume is a comprehensive textbook on body composition assessment.

Required Reading
2017-02-03 ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription LWW
ISBN 149633907X ISBN-13 9781496339072

Publisher's Note: Products purchased from 3rd Party sellers are not guaranteed by the Publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product. ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription is the flagship title from the American College of Sports Medicine, the prestigious organization that sets the standards for the exercise profession. This critical handbook delivers scientifically based standards on exercise testing and prescription to the certification candidate, the professional, and the student. This manual gives succinct summaries of recommended procedures for exercise testing and exercise prescription in healthy and diseased patients The tenth edition reflects some crucial and exciting changes, making the content necessary for effective study and practice. New pre-exercise health screening recommendations are critical to helping more of the population begin a safe, healthy physical activity program without consulting a physician. New and expanded information on the risks of sedentary behavior, clinical exercise testing and interpretation, high intensity interval training, musculoskeletal injury risk, fitness testing protocols and norms, and an expansion of the principles of health behavior change are included. Additionally, significant reorganization of content will help you reach the information you need quickly. This manual is an essential resource for all exercise professionals, as well as other health professionals who may council patients on exercise including physicians, nurses, physician's assistants, physical and occupational therapists, dieticians, and health care administrators.

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