Course Title: Physical Activity, Health and Disease across the Lifespan

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Physical Activity, Health and Disease across the Lifespan

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Liz Pressick

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 57349

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.071

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)



Course Description

This course focuses on factors that affect lifespan health and physical fitness. It explores the impact of factors such as growth, physical maturation, and aging on activities of daily living and exercise capacity. It also explores how exercise and nutrition can minimise the impact of disease, illness and ageing on health and physical fitness.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Communicate knowledge through a variety of modalities (PLO4).
  • Identification of the exercise needs of a person/team and the design of appropriate exercise interventions (PLO6).
  • Apply the knowledge and skills to the context of performance sports and/or health, disease and ageing (PLO7).
  • Knowledge and ability to work within the legal, ethical, practice and safety codes of the profession (PLO8).
  • 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. Analyse relationships between physical activity and health.

2. Apply knowledge of appropriate screening and testing and how physical activity impacts upon the risk factors for a range of diseases and conditions to case studies: examples being metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, sarcopaenia, obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, pregnancy, arthritis.

3. Predict how ageing affects physical capacity and exercise.

4. Examine the role of exercise and nutrition in maintaining health and physical fitness across the lifespan.


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course, you will attend lectures and workshop classes in which the theory and practical components of the course will be integrated. The workshop component of the course is designed to build fundamental skills in case study analysis interpretation and presentation.

Forty eight hours (48) of lecturer guided learning (lectures, workshops) and seventy two hours (72) of self-directed independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include prescribed texts, 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: Written Assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Mid-semester online test

Weighting 10%

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

Assessment Task 3: End-semester online test

Weighting 10% 

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

Assessment Task 3: End of semester Examination

Weighting 50% 

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


Hurdle Requirement Workshop Classes

In order to pass the course, you are required to actively participate in 80% of workshop 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.