Module code: BMS1044

Module Overview

This module aims to equip students with the fundamental knowledge required for practical application of exercise and nutrition principles, and the development of professional skills relevant for future carriers in the health and fitness industry. The module considers the promotion of healthy lifestyle changes through modifications to diet and physical activity levels, and focuses on the design and delivery of effective exercise programmes to meet the health and fitness needs of an individual. Alongside this module there is the option to undertake assessments that contribute towards the attainment of Gym Instructor and Personal Training awards (recognized by the Register of Exercise Professionals).

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

HUNT Julie (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: C600

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:
• Healthy eating principles
• Food Sources of nutrients & the food groups
• Dietary assessment and analysis (use of DietPlan software) 
• Meal modification
• Components of physical fitness
• Principles of Exercise Training
• Physical activity guidelines for different populations
• Client consultation and goal setting (needs analysis)
• Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment 
• Fitness assessments
• Principles of warm-up and cool-down
• Aerobic, resistance and flexibility training for health and fitness
• Monitoring exercise intensity and training load
• Planning of training, periodization
• Motivating health behavioural change

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

When practical sessions have been missed or coursework failed, students will be provided with a case study data set (detailing relevant information such as client age, anthropometry, food diary and/or fitness assessment results) to interpret and analyse. Students will present findings in the same format as the original assessment. Qualifying Condition(s) A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

  • Knowledge and practical application of nutrition and fitness principles.

  • Competency in exercise programming and prescription.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


  • Dietary analysis (20%) – Due Teaching Week 6

    • Self- conducted dietary analysis using Diet Plan performed during computer practical


  • Exercise programme portfolio [1500 words] (40%) – Due Teaching Week 11

    • Data collection

    • Interpretation of health & fitness assessments

    • Needs analysis and goal setting

    • One week exercise plan and rationale for the design.



  • 90 minute unseen MCQ and SAQ exam covering all topics from the lectures/tutorials (40%)


Formative assessment and feedback

  • Verbal feedback from academics and demonstrators during lectures, seminars and practicals.

  • Peer reviewed practical sessions

  • Formative assessments: MCQ theory and practical exam for REPs recognised award (Gym Instructor)

  • Feedback on exercise programme portfolio (written feedback on the report and one-to-one feedback, as requested)

Feedback on final exam (written feedback on exam scripts, one-to-one feedback, as requested, with generic one-line feedback)

Module aims

  • To instil an appreciation of current physical activity and healthy eating guidelines for the UK
  • To provide an understanding of the science of nutrition, physical fitness and training
  • To develop a critical awareness of fitness and nutritional assessments.
  • To develop effective and appropriate skills in communicating information, advice and instruction to clients

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify the health benefits of physical activity and importance of healthy eating, and be aware of current guidelines for the UK K
002 Identify the major food sources of key nutrients K
003 Knowledge on the composition of foods. K
004 Perform dietary assessment and provide feedback on dietary habits. KCT
005 Assess the different components of physical fitness. KCP
006 Explain how appropriate physical training methods can enhance specific aspects of physical fitness. KC
007 Evaluate the needs of a client through consultation; nutritional, fitness and goal setting assessments. KCP
008 Apply knowledge of the principles of training and variables of fitness by designing an exercise programme that meets the clients identified goals. KCP
009 Describe the variation in physical fitness and training response for different populations. KC
010 Demonstrate knowledge of health and safety requirements in a fitness environment KP
011 Collect and analyses relevant information C
012 Demonstrate observation and evaluation skills PT
013 Understand the importance of effective communication and feedback PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to include skills practice, interactive group working, presentations and discussions as well as more formal lectures. Key activities include client appraisal, dietary analysis, gym and laboratory based practical sessions, presentations and peer reviewed group sessions

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures  (11 x 2 hours)

  • Practicals  (7 x 2 hours)

  • Seminars  (4 x 2 hours)

  • Tutorial (2 x 2 hours)

  • Formative Assessments [REPs L2 Physiology & Principle of Exercise, Fitness & Health MCQ exams] (1 x 2 hour)


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.