Course Title: Introduction to Physical Education

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Physical Education

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Lyndell Bruce

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 9925 7349

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 203.3.09

Course Coordinator Availability: By email appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the exercise science field and generic skills required to pursue the study of physical education.

Particular emphasis is placed on topics relating to scientific methods and practice, research and measurement skills, and on providing you with the skills necessary to identify and locate appropriate sources of physical education information, and to present these in an appropriate format.

The concepts of data collection, validity, reliability, assessment and analyses will be developed. It will also provide you with an overview of quantitative and qualitative research methods, literature searching, research design, ethics, data analyses, reliability and validity, presentation of data in tables and figures, and the presentation of research in oral and written formats. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will contribute to the student’s development of a range of Victorian Institute of Teaching and Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership National Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL).

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon success completion of this course, you should be able to:
Develop content knowledge and how to teach it (PLO 2)

At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

1. Conduct a comprehensive search of the research literature on a chosen topic;
2. Discuss the strengths and weakness of research methodologies;
3. Undertake basic fitness assessments;
4. Effectively analyse data;
5. Interpret the findings from data analyses;
6. Clearly present a summary of the data and findings;
7. Describe the ethical issues associated with research;
8. Design a research study.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course, you will attend lectures and tutorial laboratory classes in which the theory and practical components of the course will be integrated. Scientific writing to a high literacy standard will also be developed.

The practical component of the course is designed to build fundamental skills in data collection, analysis interpretation and presentation.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include text books, lecture notes, practical exercises and handouts or references on selected topics. Where possible this information is provided online via myRMIT and you will be expected to regularly access the course website, which contains announcements, course information such as detailed timetables and prescribed reading, and course documents.

Overview of Assessment

To pass this course, you must satisfactorily complete each assessment component and obtain an overall mark of 50% or more. Assessment will be designed to examine your understanding of content knowledge and may include written assessment, tutorial tasks, group work and a formal examination.