Course Title: Exercise in Health and Disease

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Exercise in Health and Disease

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Sem 1 2015


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Rauha Quazi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4277

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 051.07.005

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are required to have completed the following courses:

  • PUBH1398 Health: Meanings, Determinants and Actions
  • BIOL2418 Human Biology 2

You may be directed to amend your enrolment if this requirement is not met.

Course Description

This course will provide you with foundation knowledge to understand and communicate the value of physical activity and its relationship with health. You will also study the management of chronic disease in communities and be able to identify sport and exercise requirements for positive health outcomes in both individuals and communities.  You will gain a deeper understanding in the role of urban planning and local government in creating supportive environments for active living communities.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for Associate Degree in Health Sciences:
1. Access up to date discipline information/knowledge and ensure that decisions and actions are informed by a critical assessment of information

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Discuss the role of physical activity and lifestyle modification at different stages of life and within various cultural and international contexts
2. Discuss the importance of the positive impact of physical activity and exercise in special populations.
3. Discuss the role of local government in infrastructure, resources and urban planning to enhance physical activity in communities
4. Critically examine evidence on the effectiveness of physical activity interventions and its association with health and burden of disease outcomes.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course a variety of activities will support your learning such as:
• Lectures &/or workshops (face-to-face &/or online): to cover theoretical concepts for each topic in the course
• Tutorial activities (individually and in teams): to discuss, debate, critique and solidify your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts for each topic.
• Online discussion and activities: to support and collaborate with other students in your course and debate and discuss ideas
• Utilise and develop critical research and cognitive skills to find credible sources of health information.
• Self directed study time (eg readings or activities around theory): to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be directed to a range of learning resources available online. These consist of library resources, prescribed textbooks and additional information.

You may also be referred to other resources available in the RMIT Library, such as videos and the subject learning guide:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task (Assessment Task 1): Case Study Report
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs (Course Learning Outcomes) 1, 2, 3 and 4 

Assessment Task 2: Presentation
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4

Assessment 3: 2 X Tests
Weighting 2 X 20% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4