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SPHE320 - Nutrition

Course Details

Course Code: SPHE320 Course ID: 2961 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

What should you eat? When should you eat it? Why? Nutrition plays an integral part of our daily life. A healthy diet can protect us from a number of diseases including heart disease and cancer. Nutrition also plays an integral part of the athlete’s success; often making a difference between success and failure. Improper use of diet and/or ergogenic aids can result in poor performance. Students in this course will explore basic nutrition concepts, gaining an appreciation of the contribution of macro and micronutrients to a healthy diet and gaining an understanding of the importance of these nutrients as performance enhancers. They will identify a number of strategies for making healthy food selections, for integrating these selections into their lives, and for successfully maintaining a healthy diet. These concepts will be reinforced through the analysis of their own diets and the development of several new diets. The impact of excessive or deficient caloric intake on health and body composition will be determined. Finally, dietary supplements and performance enhancers are used by many people. Improper use of these can be detrimental to one’s health as well as adversely impact athletic performance. Strategies for identifying and for using good and bad supplements/enhancers will be developed. (Prerequisite: SPHE295)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course, students will be able to:

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate an athlete’s dietary intake using the nutrition assessment tools - food groups, and DRI - then modify the diet plan to fuel the athlete appropriately.
  2. Create a diet appropriate for an endurance athlete or muscle-building athlete using the nutrition assessment tools - food groups, and DRI.
  3. Assess a specific athlete’s case and make recommendations.
  4. Produce a professional education tool that makes specific nutrition recommendations for a targeted audience based on the principles you have learned in this class.
  5. Debunk a diet myth using peer-reviewed research articles
  6. Investigate the contents of a protein supplement used by athletes
  7. Develop a healthy fast food meal plan for an athletic team traveling to a competition
  8. Judge the value of an ergogenic aid/supplement using peer-reviewed research articles
  9. Recommend a diet for athletes with special needs
  10. Construct a pre- and post-workout meal
  11. Prioritize behavioral steps to promote diet change

The nature of an on-line course requires a significant amount of independent work. The student will be provided with structure, resources, guidance, and instructor experience for learning the course material. The student, however, is responsible for managing time, completing assignments on time, completing the readings, and making inquiries as needed to complete the course effectively. This is an 8-week course, which means the material must be learned in a short period of time. This requires dedication and diligence on the part of the student.

To help you in your scholarly efforts the University also maintains, and is constantly upgrading, the Online Research Center (ORC). This resource is available for both faculty and students and represents a state of the art and very comprehensive knowledge base. Please make sure you take advantage of this valuable tool it is a great place to start any research effort and is available from within the electronic campus.

It is important for the student to check their email and posted Professor’s notes for each week’s work. Additional readings, internet-work and assignments will be posted on-line at the beginning of each week of the course. Assignment due dates will be posted with assignment directions. All assignments will have due dates of one week. The student is expected to complete all work on time. As adults, students, and working professionals I understand you must manage competing demands on your time. Should you need additional time to complete an assignment please contact me before the due date so we can discuss the situation and determine an acceptable resolution. Routine submission of late assignments is unacceptable and may result in points deducted from your final course grade.

For the purposes of this course, a “week” is defined as the time period from Monday to Sunday. The first week begins on a Monday. Note: The last day of this course will end on a Sunday. The start and stop time are for Eastern Standard Time.

Please use email to contact me. I will check email daily and in most instances will respond within 24 hours. There may be times it may take me as long as 48 hours.

Due to the busy schedules of the students, all forum work is asynchronous, meaning you are not required to be on–line at a specific time with the professor or other students.

Reading Assignments: You can find your reading assignments in the weekly announcement, in the lesson plan for that week and in this syllabus. You have one book for this class and one computer program. As well, each week you may have additional online reading assignments from the web. Your knowledge of the reading assignments will be tested through the quizzes.

Supplemental Readings: Besides the course textbook, there are a number of required supplemental readings. These are listed in the weekly announcement, in that week’s lesson plan and in the syllabus. You are expected to know this material and it will be covered in the quizzes.

Forum Assignments: There are 8 weekly forum topics that will require a response. Forums are designed to initiate dialog between students. Feel free to debate, praise, and share thoughts about the topic with fellow classmates. In order to respond to a forum topic, post your response in the forum section of the classroom. This response must be >250 words. You are also required to respond to the posts of two classmates for each forum. These responses must be >100 words in length. Each forum has a grading rubric that you can find in the resources section of the classroom. You will be graded based on the provided rubric. These account for 30% of your grade.

Assignments: There are 3 assignments that must be completed and uploaded. The grading rubric is provided in the assignment’s description. You will be graded based on that rubric. A minimum of one double spaced page (>300 words) per assignment is the baseline, unless otherwise directed. These 3 assignments are worth 100 points each and account for 25% of the total grade.

Quizzes: There are 6 quizzes you will complete in this class. They are multiple choice and true/false. These account for 20% of your grade.

Final Project: There is one Final Project. Your project must be at least 5 pages in length (double-spaced, APA formatting) not counting the title page, reference page, listed meal plans, and the pages for the "All Daily Report" (Saved as a separate PDF attachment). (It is not unlikely that your project is 10 -15 pages in length without the “All Daily Report”.) Be creative with your presentation! You may use Word or Power Point. However, if you choose Power Point…your document must include correct APA reference formatting. Be sure to include all the information. All sources must be cited in the text and in a reference page. Only college level work is acceptable. The Final Project: Sports Nutrition is worth 20% of your final grade.

Your final grade is based on the percentage value of each activity. Points are used to assess that percentage only. Forums = 30%, Assignments = 25%, Quizzes = 20%, Worksheets = 5%, and Final Project = 20% for 100% total.

This course uses Open Educational Resources. The etext (as seen above) is available via links in the Readings and Resources section each Week. Simply click on this link to access the Required Readings and Resources, from which you will find a clickable link to each week’s list of readings and resources.

Text: Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook

Web Sites:

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

Purdue University Online Writing Lab

Book Title:Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, 5th ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Human Kinetics Lib
Author:Clark, Nancy
Unit Cost:$19.95

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.