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APK3163: A Comprehensive Guide to Nutrition and Body Composition for Athletes

What is APK3163 and why should you take it?

If you are interested in sports nutrition and want to learn how to optimize your performance and health through diet and exercise, then APK3163 is the course for you. APK3163 stands for Applied Physiology & Kinesiology 3163: Sports Nutrition. It is a 3-credit online course offered by the University of Florida that addresses the aspects of nutrition that are related to exercise performance.



In this course, you will learn about the bioenergetics systems, the components of nutrition, nutritional and body composition assessments, ergogenic aids and diet modifications for physically active individuals and athletes. You will also learn how to apply this knowledge to different sports and exercise scenarios.

The instructor of this course is Dr. Blain Harrison, who has a Ph.D. in Applied Physiology & Kinesiology from UF. He is also an athletic trainer and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He has extensive experience in teaching and researching sports nutrition topics. You can contact him by email at or by phone at 352-294-1704. He also has office hours on Mondays from 1-2 pm or by appointment via Zoom.

Course materials and format

All required course materials will be provided on the APK3163 Canvas page. These materials include weekly chapter modules written by the instructor and several research articles from reputable journals. You will also need access to a computer with internet connection and a web browser that supports Canvas.

The course is delivered online through Canvas, which is UF's learning management system. You will access all course content, assignments, quizzes, exams, grades, and communication tools through Canvas. You will also participate in online discussions with your classmates and instructor.

The course consists of 14 weekly modules that cover different topics related to sports nutrition. Each module has a set of learning objectives, readings, videos, quizzes, assignments, and discussion questions. You are expected to complete each module by the assigned due date according to UF's academic calendar.

Course evaluation and grading

Your final grade for this course will be based on your performance on quizzes (20%), assignments (30%), exams (40%), and discussions (10%). You will need to score at least 60% to pass this course.

There will be two exams (midterm and final) that will test your knowledge of the course material. Each exam will consist of multiple-choice questions that cover all topics from the modules. You will have two hours to complete each exam online through Canvas. The exams will be available for 24 hours on the assigned exam day.

There will be 14 quizzes that will assess your understanding of the readings and videos from each module. Each quiz will have 10 multiple-choice questions and you will have 15 minutes to complete it online through Canvas. The quizzes will be available for one week after the module is released.

There will be 7 assignments that will require you to apply your knowledge of sports nutrition to real-life situations. Each assignment will have a different format and instructions, such as case studies, dietary analysis, menu planning, etc. You will submit your assignments online through Canvas by the assigned due date.

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There will be 14 discussions that will allow you to interact with your classmates and instructor on various topics related to sports nutrition. Each discussion will have a prompt that you need to respond to in a minimum of 250 words. You also need to reply to at least two of your classmates' posts in a minimum of 100 words each. You will post your responses online through Canvas by the assigned due date.

You are expected to follow UF's policies on attendance, late work, academic honesty, and student conduct. You are responsible for checking Canvas regularly for course updates, announcements, and feedback. You are also encouraged to communicate with your instructor and classmates through Canvas or email if you have any questions or concerns.

Course topics and schedule

The main topics covered in this course are:

  • Bioenergetics systems and energy balance

  • Carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and water

  • Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants

  • Nutritional and body composition assessments

  • Ergogenic aids and supplements

  • Diet modifications for endurance, strength, power, and team sports

  • Nutrition for special populations and conditions

The learning outcomes for each topic are:

  • Explain the role of bioenergetics systems and energy balance in exercise performance and health.

  • Describe the functions, sources, requirements, metabolism, and storage of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and water.

  • Identify the functions, sources, requirements, deficiencies, toxicities, and interactions of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

  • Conduct and interpret nutritional and body composition assessments using various methods and tools.

  • Evaluate the efficacy, safety, legality, and ethical issues of ergogenic aids and supplements.

  • Design and implement diet modifications for different types of sports and exercise activities.

  • Apply nutrition principles to special populations and conditions such as children, older adults, vegetarians, pregnancy, diabetes, etc.

The tentative schedule for the course is shown in the table below:


11Bioenergetics systems and energy balanceChapter 1 & Article 1Quiz 1 & Discussion 1

22CarbohydratesChapter 2 & Article 2Quiz 2 & Discussion 2 & Assignment 1

33FatsChapter 3 & Article 3Quiz 3 & Discussion 3 & Assignment 2

44ProteinsChapter 4 & Article 4Quiz 4 & Discussion 4 & Assignment 3

55VitaminsChapter 5 & Article 5Quiz 5 & Discussion 5 & Midterm Exam

66MineralsChapter 6 & Article 6Quiz 6 & Discussion 6 & Assignment 4

77AntioxidantsChapter 7 & Article 7 88WaterChapter 8 & Article 8Quiz 8 & Discussion 8 & Assignment 6

99Nutritional and body composition assessmentsChapter 9 & Article 9Quiz 9 & Discussion 9 & Assignment 7

1010Ergogenic aids and supplementsChapter 10 & Article 10Quiz 10 & Discussion 10

1111Diet modifications for endurance sportsChapter 11 & Article 11Quiz 11 & Discussion 11

1212Diet modifications for strength and power sportsChapter 12 & Article 12Quiz 12 & Discussion 12

1313Diet modifications for team sportsChapter 13 & Article 13

1414Nutrition for special populations and conditionsChapter 14 & Article 14Quiz 14 & Discussion 14


APK3163 is a valuable course that will teach you the fundamentals of sports nutrition and how to apply them to your own or others' exercise performance and health. You will learn from an expert instructor who will guide you through the course content and activities. You will also interact with your peers who share your interest in sports nutrition. By the end of this course, you will have a solid understanding of the role of nutrition in exercise physiology and kinesiology.

APK3163 is also an important course that will help you achieve your academic and career goals. Whether you are a student, an athlete, a coach, a trainer, a nutritionist, or a health professional, you will benefit from this course. You will gain knowledge and skills that will enhance your academic performance, your


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