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BIO3731 - Nutrition, fitness and conditioning

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Mr Peter Freeman


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit provides students with an understanding of nutritional requirements for a healthy, active lifestyle and the ability to provide preliminary advice on dietary matters. Students learn how to conduct detailed fitness tests to assess cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength and flexibility. Students build on existing knowledge and skills in the sports sciences to apply fitness test results to exercise prescription.


On completion of this unit students will be able to; explain the components of fitness and how training and lifestyle can modify fitness, health and body composition; design and conduct sub-maximal cardiorespiratory, strength and flexibility performance tests based upon pre-test screening procedures; accurately interpret the results of fitness testing and apply the results to the development of safe, effective exercise programs; evaluate participant progress and appropriately adapt programs if necessary; explain the principles of good nutritional practices for active people, the effects of diet and exercise on body composition, and be able to critically assess dietary fads; conduct a simple analysis of a dietary diary and give preliminary advice to the subject; demonstrate knowledge of the roles of various practitioners and of referral mechanisms.


Examination: 50%
Practical Experience: 15%
Fitness and Lifestyle Logbook: 20%
Assignment: 15%. Hurdle Requirement - satisfactory attendance at practical/tutorials.

Contact hours

two 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour practical/tutorial class per week


ASC2736 or BIO2742