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. 

Module provider

School of Biosciences

Module Leader

HUNT Julie (Biosciences)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 92.5

Lecture Hours: 2

Seminar Hours: 4

Tutorial Hours: 8

Laboratory Hours: 7

Practical/Performance Hours: 6.5

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 19

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
Coursework COURSEWORK - Practical Skills assessment 50

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:


Practical Skills Assessment (50%)

Students need to show proficiency in delivering a safe and effective exercise session with a new client.

Exercise programme portfolio 10 minutes pre-recorded oral presentation (50%)

Pre-recorded (via Panopto) narrated PowerPoint presentation; including an interpretation of health & fitness assessments, needs analysis and goal setting, and one week exercise plan with rationale for the design.

Formative assessment and feedback

Verbal feedback from academics and demonstrators during tutorials, seminars and practicals.

Peer reviewed practical sessions

Feedback on dietary analysis (written feedback on report, and one-to-one feedback, as requested)

Feedback on exercise programme portfolio (written feedback on presentation & practical, and one-to-one feedback, as requested)

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 hybrid learning and teaching strategy adopts a blended, online-first approach, where SurreyLearn is the base for student learning. Contact time is reserved for active student learning (i.e. facilitated student study hours and activities) and delivered in smaller chunks (bite-sized captured content; narrated slideshows or podcasts instead of lectures). Activities (within tutorials/seminars, practicals and directed study) are staged (pre & post-delivery of captured content) and scaffolded to support the development of student skills and understanding, and provide opportunity for formative feedback (e.g. feedback from learning activities; peer feedback; opportunities for self-assessment, etc). Student participation is encouraged through the use of discussion boards, with regular opportunity for interaction with peers and academics at weekly tutorials, seminars and/or practicals. 

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Live stream Lectures [2 hours] 

  • Capture content [19 hours]

  • Tutorials / Seminars [12 hours]

  • Lab / gym practicals [13 hours]

  • Directed learning (e.g. set of weekly tasks, recommended reading, quizzes) [11 hours] 

  • Independent learning [93 hours]

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.

Reading list
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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 2022/3 academic year.