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 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Liz Pressick

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7349

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 (PLO 4).
  • Identification of the exercise needs of a person/team and the design of appropriate exercise interventions (PLO 6).
  • Apply the knowledge and skills to the context of performance sports and/or health, disease and ageing (PLO 7).
  • Knowledge and ability to work within the legal, ethical, practice and safety codes of the profession (PLO 8).
  • The identification and solving of problems relating to exercise and sporting contexts (PLO 9).

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 (PLO 2).

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 (CLO 1)
  2. Apply knowledge of appropriate screening and testing and how physical activity impacts upon the risk factors for a range of chronic diseases and health conditions (CLO 2)
  3. Apply knowledge, evidence and techniques to the development and delivery of community-based prevention programs at the primary health level (CLO 3)
  4. Predict how ageing affects physical capacity and exercise (CLO 4)
  5. Examine the role exercise and nutrition in maintaining health and physical fitness across the lifespan (CLO 5)

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course, you will attend lectures and laboratories in which the theory and practical components of the course will be integrated. The laboratory component of the course is designed to build skills in the development and delivery of community-based prevention programs at the primary health level through case study analysis and interpretation.

Throughout the semester you will receive FEEDBACK on learning in various forms, including face-to-face and online. You are encouraged to ask questions on any aspect of the course content that they may find difficult to understand and you will be given feedback to assist learning. Written and/or verbal comments on submitted work is a more formal way of providing feedback on the evidence submitted for learning and should be used to assist your development in this and other courses.

If you are having difficulty understanding any aspect of the course content, you are encouraged to discuss this by emailing and/or scheduling an appointment with the lecturer.

Blended face-to-face and online teacher guided hours of 50 - 60 hours for the semester is offered.

Details of Learning Activities

A diverse range or resources will introduce your topics including lectures, readings and videos. The laboratories will enable you to apply your theoretical knowledge, to program development and delivery where you will develop your analysis, interpretation, prescription, team work and communication skills.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be expected to make use of the Canvas course site, which includes announcements, assessments and course documents.

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).

Laboratory Attendance Hurdle (PASS/FAIL)

In order to pass the course, you are required to attend and actively participate in 80% of the practical sessions throughout the semester. In the case of students failing to attend the minimum number of sessions for reasons other than medical, additional sessions will not be provided by the course. Students who fail to attend the requisite number of sessions and who are granted Special Consideration will become eligible to complete supplementary assessment to meet the attendance hurdle requirement. Students who arrive after the class has commenced or who leave before the class finishes will be marked as having arrived late or left early. You will be provided with one warning, and for each subsequent instance of this behaviour you will be marked as being absent.


For this course, relevant course learning outcomes are assessed via authentic assessment methods that are designed to allow students the opportunity to undertake tasks that are worthwhile, significant, and meaningful, and that would be undertaken in the workplace.

These are two authentic assessments and no exams.  The assessments are submitted in parts at intervals throughout the semester which allows students to gain regular face-to-face and online feedback.  These assessments are supported by, and linked to, all lectures as well as tutorial and practical laboratories to enhance the student learning experience.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Case Studies in Health

Weighting 50%

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

Assessment Task 2: Evidence Based Programs

Weighting 50%

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