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Online · School of Health Sciences · Public and Community Health

Performance Nutrition for the Physically Active

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/06/2020

Course Description

This course focuses on the role of nutrients and prescriptive diets in rehabilitation services, fitness and sport performance.





Physical fitness is a major component of Public Health, supporting health promotion and disease prevention. It is fostered by adequate and appropriate nutritional practices for both the average person desiring to develop a basic exercise program and the professional athlete preparing for competition. A strong foundation in nutrition is essential for educating and counseling individuals participating in sports. It is also an important part of caring for our bodies as “temples of the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 6:19–20).

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Describe how carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are utilized by the body for energy during sporting events.
    2. Discuss fluid replacement needs during exercise.
    3. Describe the effects of exercise on micronutrient recommendations.
    4. Evaluate popular ergogenic aids.
    5. Design a personalized dietary plan for weight change.
    6. Provide dietary recommendations to enhance healing of sport injuries.
    7. Effectively coach athletes in regards to diet and their exercise regime.

In addition to the learning outcomes listed above, this course addresses the following Nutrition Concentration Competencies as primary emphases.

By the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and interpret reliable nutrition sources for health promotion purposes.
  2. Explain the role of macro and micronutrients for nutritional health and well-being.
  3. Apply nutrition principles and research findings into intervention strategies for specific populations.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Dunford M, Doyle JA. Nutrition for Sport and Exercise. 4th ed. Boston, MA: Cengage; 2019. ISBN: 9781337556927.

Disclaimer: The above resource provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this resource.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word (Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

The student will complete 2 Discussion Board Forums. Each will consist of a thread of 400–500 words and at least 2 replies to other classmates of 200–250 words each. The instructor is looking for substantial, thoughtful, and critical discussions.

Nutrition Knowledge Survey

The purpose of the survey is to assess the nutrition knowledge among athletes.

Part 1: The student will survey 3 athletes to assess their knowledge of nutrition as it pertains to their sport. The student will submit a summary of the findings and post a thread of 400–500 words to the corresponding Discussion Board Forum.

Part 2: The student will review all entries posted by his/her classmates on the survey Discussion Board Forum and then write and submit a final summary of 400–500 words regarding the knowledge on diet and sports performance as represented by all athletes interviewed.

Learning Activities (3)

In order to enhance application of the material presented, the student will complete 3 learning activities. Each activity involves writing a response of a minimum of 500–600 words to a given scenario, question, or topic.

Case Study

This assignment is divided into 2 parts.

Part 1: Sport Selection, Description and Explanation of Nutritional Demands. The student will select a sport that is played on the college or professional level and describe the sport according to its characteristics of competition and method of training. Student will describe in a professional and scientific manner the nutritional issues and challenges of the sport.

Part 2: Final Dietary Prescription. Centered on the sport’s various features presented in Part 1, the student will create a comprehensive diet plan.

Exams (4)

The student will take 4 exams covering the Dunford and Doyle textbook readings, supplemental readings, presentations, and lecture notes. Each exam is open-book/open-notes and must be completed in 2 hours.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (2 at 50 pts ea)


Nutrition Knowledge Survey:

Part 1

Part 2




Learning Activities (3 at 50 pts ea)


Case Study

Part 1

Part 2




Exams (4 at 100 pts ea)





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


HLTH 645

Textbook: Dunford & Doyle, Nutrition: For Sport and Exercise (2019).


Reading & Study




Dunford & Doyle: chs. 1–2

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Nutrition Knowledge Survey: Part 1





Dunford & Doyle: ch. 3

1 presentation

Nutrition Knowledge Survey: Part 2

Exam 1




Dunford & Doyle: chs. 4 & 6

1 presentation

Learning Activity 1



Dunford & Doyle: ch. 5

1 presentation

DB Forum 1

Exam 2




Dunford & Doyle: ch. 7

2 presentations

Learning Activity 2

Case Study: Part 1




Dunford & Doyle: chs. 8–10

DB Forum 2

Exam 3




Dunford & Doyle: chs. 11–12

1 presentation

Learning Activity 3



Dunford & Doyle: ch. 13

3 presentations

1 lecture note

4 websites

Case Study: Part 2

Exam 4





DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.