Course Title: Introduction to Health, Physical Education and Sport

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Health, Physical Education and Sport

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 2018

Course Coordinator: Toni Hilland

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7862

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.03.17

Course Coordinator Availability: By email appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course aims to provide you with an introductory overview of Health, Physical Education and Sport from a socio-cultural perspective and how it underpins pedagogy in an educational setting. The course will explore the basic historical perspectives of physical education and sport through the ages, from ancient Greece to modern day society. You will consider the notion of health, the role of physical education and sport, and their relationship to society, school and the home environment. Critical issues that influence health, physical education and sport will be analysed. And the importance of health, physical education and sport plays within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will also be explored. In addition, the course will explore the underpinning principles and theoretical framework of the Australian and Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the socio-cultural influences that impact Health, Physical Education and Sport.
  2. Examine and critically analyse the important role that Health, Physical Education and Sport plays within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  3. Identify the salient issues impacting on the teaching of Health, Physical Education and Sport in an educational setting and provide effective strategies to minimise the detrimental effects of these issues.
  4. Discuss and critically analyse the contributions sport makes in modern society, including the influences that it makes in an educational setting and on the lives of those involved.
  5. Use the Australian and Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education to inform their teaching practices and principles.


Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of students and know how they learn
  2. Develop content knowledge and how to teach it

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course, you will attend seminars/lectures and tutorial laboratory classes in which the theory and practical components of the course will be integrated.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Learning resources in this course include textbooks, lecture notes, practical exercises and handouts or references on selected topics. Where possible this information is provided online via myRMIT and you will be expected to regularly access the course LMS website, which contains announcements, course information such as detailed timetables, prescribed reading, and course documents.

The University Library has extensive resources for Health & Physical Education students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment 1: Annotated bibliography (4 x 250 words or equivalent) (30%) CLO 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment 2: Group presentation (30%) CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment 3: Reflective essay based on a selected topic pertaining to socio-cultural issues in Health, Physical Education and Sport (40%) (1500 words or equivalent) CLO 1, 2, 3, 4

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: