Course Title: Health across the Lifespan

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Health across the Lifespan

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 2011,
Sem 1 2012

Course Coordinator: Dr. Amanda Benson

Course Coordinator Phone: 99257677

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 203.3.02

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course focuses on factors that affect health and fitness throughout the ageing process. The impact of disease on activities of daily living as well as exercise capacity will be covered; as will the benefits of exercise and nutrition, in minimising the impact of disease, illness and ageing.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this course, students who have attended lectures, fulfilled requirements, participated fully in both in-class and out of class activities, completed readings and other assigned work should be able to:
1. Understand the components of health and their impact on the processes of growth and development.
2. Examine the relationship between physical activity, psychological and physiological health.
3. Examine changes in physical activity and influences over the lifespan.
4. Examine the role of exercise and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease and disability.
5. Deliver safe and effective exercise programs that are appropriate to the lifespan stage.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, independent reading, on-line activities, and practical activities are the key student learning experiences. Selected readings will assist students to focus their study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include class readings, lecture notes, practical exercises, handouts and references on selected topics. Opportunities for students to independently access much of this material are provided through myRMIT studies. These should not however be viewed as a complete set of lecture note materials.

Overview of Assessment

An oral presentation
A written assignment
A final end of semester exam