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Unit Overview


This unit will explore the role of nutrition in human performance (HP), with a focus on understanding energy demands, and providing strategies to enhance physical capacity and adaptation to work. Students will initially come to understand the foundations of energy liberation from macro-nutrients to meet the energy demands of exercise. Subsequently, students will learn how to assess dietary intake and body composition, with the goal of maximizing HP. The importance of vitamins, minerals and a number of micro-nutrients will then be explored, before students will engage in nutrition strategies that can be implemented to optimize HP across a range of physical endeavors, and under different types of environmental stress.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) define the energy requirements of individuals undergoing different types of physical stress

; (2) describe the energy pathways from macro-nutrient breakdown, and the various strategies that can be used to obtain energy; (3) analyse a food diary to assess dietary composition and energy intake; (4) measure body composition through a variety of methods such as skin-fold assessment and DXA; (5) assess the role of micro-nutrients in various functions relevant to HP (i.e. bone health, hematological adaptation, immune function, energy production)

; (6) provide recommendations for nutritional strategies to enhance HP across a range of physical endeavors, and under different types of environmental stress

; and (7) demonstrate an understanding of the role of nutrition in illness and injury.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) infographic

; (2) student presentation

; and (3) topic review paper. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Peter Peeling
Unit rules
Enrolment in
73570 Master of Applied Human Performance Science
Contact hours
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