Course Title: Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Physical Activity

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Physical Activity

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Liz Pressick

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7349

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.071

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to investigate contemporary psychosocial influences on health, physical activity, sport and exercise. Topics will include the relationship between health and physical activity, sedentary behaviour, physical activity across the lifespan, measurement and promotion of physical activity, behaviour in groups, behaviour change theories and interventions.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP296 Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science):

  • The ability to utilise core instrumentation and equipment for the monitoring and assessment of exercise clients. (PLO2)
  • Review, analyse and interpret information, and independently generate conclusions (PLO3)
  • Communicate knowledge through a variety of modalities (PLO4)
  • Identification of the exercise needs of a person/team and the design of appropriate exercise interventions (PLO 6).
  • Apply the knowledge and skills to the context of performance sports and/or health, disease and ageing (PLO7).
  • The identification and solving of problems relating to exercise and sporting contexts (PLO9).

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP041 Bachelor of Applied Science (Health and Physical Education):

  • Develop content knowledge and how to teach it (PLO2)

This course will provide the skills and knowledge for a  range of accreditation standards required by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).   This course also contributes to the development of a range of Victorian Institute of Teaching and Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership National Professional Standards for Physical Education Teachers (AITSL).

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Use appropriate terminology to physical activity programs.
  2. Analyse key relationships between physical activity, sedentary behaviours and psychological and physiological health.
  3. Examine measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in relation to the guidelines and changes in physical activity and influences over the lifespan.
  4. Apply determinants and theoretical models to physical activity across the life-span of the individual and within specific groups.
  5. Investigate health-related physical activity intervention program in school, community and workplace settings.
  6. Select a range of strategies designed to enhance performance and participation in physical activity from a physiological and psychological perspective.


Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, class discussion, independent reading and practical activities are the key student learning experiences. You will be directed towards readings accessible electronically and through the online Learning Management System (LMS).

Teacher guided hours: 50 - 60 per semester

Learner directed hours: 50 - 60 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include, readings, lecture notes, practical exercises, handouts and references on selected topics. RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS) provides opportunities for you to independently access much of this material. It will be to your advantage to access and review lecture notes and related materials prior to class. These should not however be viewed as a complete set of lecture note materials.

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Mid-semester e-quiz

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1& 2

Assessment Task 2: Assignment

Weighting 40% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: End-semester e-quiz

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: Final examination

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6


The following hurdle requirements also apply:

Hurdle Requirement Practical Classes

In order to pass the course, you are required actively participate in 80% of practical sessions. If you fail to actively participate in the sessions for reasons other than those approved by special considerations, additional sessions will not be provided by the course. If granted Special Consideration, you will become eligible to complete supplementary sessions to meet the hurdle requirement. If you arrive after the class has commenced or leave before the class finishes, you will be marked as having arrived late or left early. You will be provided with one warning, and for each subsequent instance this behaviour will be marked as an absence and not contribute to the 80% active participation required to pass this course.