Course Title: Growth, Development, Physical Activity and Special Populations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Growth, Development, Physical Activity and Special Populations

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Isaac Selva Raj

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7037

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.051

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to enable you to develop a basic knowledge of factors that influence the physical growth, health, and motor skill development of individuals from birth through adulthood. It will also provide an insight into how physical activity can benefit health across a diverse range of populations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • PLO 1: Apply knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts of Exercise and Sport Science.  Including the core areas of: Human Physiology, Anatomy, Functional Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Learning and Control, Exercise Metabolism and Nutrition, and Psychology
  • PLO 4. Communicate knowledge through a variety of modalities


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:  
  1. Identify and elaborate the stages of growth, development and ageing, and relate them to physical capacity, motor skills and health.
  2. Describe how age and other factors affect the capacity to undertake physical activities and the effect of physical activity on health across a diverse range of ages and populations.
  3. Explain how exercise may be conceptualised and undertaken by different populations, including indigenous populations, people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds and older adults.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of indigenous health issues and related benefits of physical activity.
  This course will provide the skills and knowledge for a range of accreditation standards required by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).     

Overview of Learning Activities

Online and/or face-to-face lectures, tutorials and independent reading.   You are given the opportunity to accept responsibility for your own learning, work in a team and individually as well as communicate skills and knowledge in a variety of ways and contexts.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include lecture notes, handouts and references on selected topics. The myRMIT system provides opportunities for you to independently access much of this material. It will be your advantage to access and review lecture notes prior to class. These should not however be viewed as a complete set of lecture note materials.   Total Study Hours 72

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Online Tests

Weighting 5%

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

Assessment Task 2: Practical class tests

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment Task 3: End of semester practical examination

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 4: End of semseter theory examination

Weighting 45%

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


Feedback is provided through weekly online quizzes, practical class quizzes, Kahoot in flipped lectures and direct feedback from the lecturer in lectures and practical classes.