Course Title: Introduction to Health, Physical Education and Sport

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Health, Physical Education and Sport

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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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


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Toni Hilland

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7862

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.03.17

Course Coordinator Availability: By email appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course aims to provide you with an introduction to Health, Physical Education and Sport from a socio-cultural perspective. You will explore the basic historical perspectives of Physical Education and Sport through the ages from ancient Greece to modern day society. You will consider the notion of Health, the role of Physical Education and Sport, and their relationship with society, school and the home environment, particularly its importance within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The close links between Health, Physical Education and Sport will be closely examined, and the critical issues that influence all three will be discussed. In addition, you will explore the underpinning principles and theoretical framework of the Australian and Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education, as well be introduced to a number of teaching approaches.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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


AITSL Standards

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of socio-cultural influences that impact on the teaching of Health, Physical Education and Sport.

1.3, 2.1

2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the impact and role that Health, Physical Education and Sport plays within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


3. Provide effective strategies to address the salient issues and challenges impacting on the teaching of Health, Physical Education and Sport in an educational setting.

1.3, 1.5

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in practical applications in Health, Physical Education and Sport
  • Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical content knowledge and apply evidence-based high-impact teaching strategies in professional practice
  • Apply initiative, curiosity, creativity, judgement, critical thinking and problem solving skills and demonstrate the capacity to work responsibly, both individually and collaboratively, to address challenges in local and global contexts

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of face-to-face and online activities including lectures, workshops, practical activities, readings, collaborative group work, class discussion and individual reflection.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources.

The University Library provides extensive scholarly resources to supplement your suggested readings and research and is able to request books or articles from any library in the world. Guides to the literature in your discipline area are available from

Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here 

The Library and the Study and Learning Centre are also on hand to support and assist in the development of your academic skills to make best use of such resources within your academic studies.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment task (%)


AITSL Standards

Annotated bibliography (30%)

1, 2

1.4, 2.1

Presentation (30%)

1, 3

1.3, 1.5,

Essay based on a selected topic addressing issues and challenges around socio-cultural issues in the teaching of Health, Physical Education and Sport (40%)




Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: