Course Title: Theory and Practice in Health and Physical Education 4A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Theory and Practice in Health and Physical Education 4A

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


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Kathy Tessier

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7480 (reception)

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

OHTH2126 Methods of Teaching Health and Physical Education 3B

Course Description

This is a final year course designed to provide you with the opportunity to apply a range of knowledge and skills to the development and evaluation of a F-10 health and physical education curriculum. The curriculum will be aligned with the concepts, framework and learning outcomes outlined in the Australian Curriculum and the Victorian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education.

You will examine the relationship between various teacher and student learning styles. You will develop knowledge and skills allied to your professional practice as a physical educator. Concomitant development and application of team skills, communication skills and the ability to examine and deliberate, accurately and objectively will take place. You will also be involved in mentoring of first year students in addition to teaching within primary schools. You will also develop a professional portfolio in preparation for future employment.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to your development of the Victorian Institute of Teaching and Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership National Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL).

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

(1) Develop skills to enable engagement in professional learning (PLO 6)

(2) Enhance understanding of the importance of teachers engaging professionally with colleagues, parent/carers and the community (PLO 7)

(3) Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments. (PLO 4)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Develop a F-10 health and physical education curriculum document which is based upon the Australian (and Victorian) Curriculum.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and provide feedback on introductory teaching skills.
  3. Analyse and discuss various ethical, liability and professional issues that impact a teacher.
  4. Develop an awareness of language, literacy and numeracy 
  5. Development of a professional teaching portfolio and documentation for job applications.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, seminars, student presentations, tutorials, problem based learning, independent reading, school teaching and observation experiences, partner and group work, and mentoring are the key learning experiences in this course. Students can access learning resources for this course via Blackboard. This course aims to enhance student employability skills by enhancing: written and verbal communication, preparation of job applications, development of resumes, responding to selection criteria, interview skills and portfolio development.

Students are expected to attend face to face seminars (2 hours per week, week 1-12) and tutorials (1 hour per week, week 1-12) and laboratories (2 hours per week, weeks 1-5) and spend a whole day 8am-4pm in primary schools for six Wednesdays. Weekly review and reflection tasks (approximately an hour per week) are associated with the mentoring component of this course. Independent study of the learning resources and completion of the assessment is also required.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include class readings, lecture notes, practical exercises, handouts and references on selected topics. The Learning Hub course site provides opportunities for you to independently access much of this material. It will be to your advantage to access and materials prior to class.

Throughout the semester you will receive FEEDBACK on your learning in various forms. Class and individual discussion on lecture material is one form of feedback that you should use to guide your learning. You are encouraged to ask questions of your lecturer on any aspect of the course content that you may find difficult to understand and you will be given feedback to assist your learning. Written and/or verbal comments on submitted work is a more formal way of providing feedback on the evidence you submit of your learning, and should be used to assist your development in this and other courses. If you are having difficulty understanding any aspect of the course content, you are encouraged to discuss this with the lecturer either immediately after class (where possible) or by scheduling an appointment with the lecturer.

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, written report, resource portfolio, lesson plans, curriculum design).

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

The assessment for this course will consist of:

1. Employability assignment: Development of a resume and response to one key selection criteria for a job application and an evaluation of strengths and areas to develop.
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 4 & 5

2. Curriculum assignment
Weighting 60%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 4

3. Professional Teaching Portfolio
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4 &5

Please note the following two requirements apply to the course OHTH2127 due to accreditation with the VIT.

Requirement 1: Teaching Placement

Students need to pass the teaching placement in order to pass the course. Students are assessed by a VIT registered supervising teacher in their school and RMIT supervising staff.

Requirement 2: Seminar and Practical Classes

In order to pass the course, you are required to attend and actively participate in 80% of practical sessions. If you fail to attend 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.


Work Integrated Learning: 

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course. A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement. Further details on each of these are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT.
• Working with Children Check

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course. A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement.
Students are responsible for any expenses associated to attending professional placement. These costs may include, but are not limited to the following: uniform, police check application, first aid training, travel, accommodation and vaccinations.
Further details on each of these are available on MyRMIT.

Placement Agreements:
Placement agreements between RMIT and the placement organisation are in place. Any information required by students contained in the agreement is available on MyRMIT or InPlace.

Working with Children Check:
A current Working with Children Card (WWCC) must be held by the student. Students are required by law to list RMIT as an organisation with who you will be undertaking child related volunteer work. Where a student receives a negative notice for their WWCC, the Placement Coordinator or WIL Coordinator will make contact with the relevant placement organisation to confirm eligibility to attend the placement. A negative notice means you cannot engage in child-related work under any circumstance. It is important to note that a negative notice may prevent a student from accessing suitable, or any, professional placement(s) and may therefore be delayed or prevented from satisfactorily progressing through the program.

Students are required to purchase and wear the uniform for Health & Physical Education. The uniform must be worn at all times while on placement.