IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition


Teaching, learning and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated

 All Modules use lectures (in electronic format) to establish knowledge and understanding of the subject. Students are also provided with a program of directed reading. Formal coursework and examinations are used to assess the acquisition of knowledge and understanding and to encourage students to link theory to professional practice.

Skills and other attributes:

  1. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

 On successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Apply theoretical principles in an applied sport and exercise scenario
  • Advise athletes and healthy people about the strategies for improving exercise performance through nutritional interventions.
  • Critically evaluate the research evidence on the links between nutrition, exercise, sport performance and health

Module assessments require a combination of reading, analysis and personal reflection.

2. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Undertake dietary analysis to estimate the energy and nutrient intake of healthy people, to appreciate the limitations of the methodologies used, and to interpret the results in the context of appropriate intakes
  • Describe the key principles of dietary strategies for healthy people to help enhance exercise performance, and provide practical examples of these strategies within the context of sporting events
  • Devise dietary strategies that would allow healthy people to alter physique by gaining or losing body tissue mass
  • Evaluate research results from studies on human nutrition and exercise metabolism

 Teaching and learning are focussed on evidenced-based approaches and practice contexts; assessments require students to integrate theory and practice where appropriate. Students are required to conduct critical reviews, undertake small-scale written literature research projects and present research results from a wide range of relevant material. 

3. Key/transferable skills:

On successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively orally, electronically and in writing
  • Manage personal learning efficiently and effectively
  • Use IT effectively as a learning and communication tool
  • Develop and utilise qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • Work confidently both as an individual and as part of a small team
  • Work independently and use available support strategically and effectively
  • Present research concepts and evidence using effective communication methods
  • Recognise the limitations to their scope of practice and respect professional boundaries

Teaching and learning are organised in the form of online lectures supported by private study. Analysis and discussion are encouraged. Searching the research literature is a requirement of most modules; personal reflection and analysis is also a requirement of all modules. All modules will require students to make links between theory and practical applications.

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