Course Title: Human Development & Nutrition

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Development & Nutrition

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Toni Hilland

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257862

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.3.17

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course aims to provide you with an introductory overview of human development across a life-span. Definitions and characteristics of human development, including intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth and development will be covered. You will study theories of child and adolescent cognitive, social and motor development. You will explore characteristics of learners in different developmental stages and consider the associated implications for planning and implementation of developmentally appropriate learning opportunities. A range of differentiated learning opportunities will be explored in order to modify activities to cater for a diverse range of skill levels, backgrounds and abilities. Healthy eating behaviours and nutritional principles related to health and wellbeing will also be examined.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  • Differentiate between developmental stages of childhood and adolescence and discuss implications for teaching health, physical education and sport in an educational setting.
  • Describe theories of child and adolescent cognitive, social and motor development.
  • Examine how health and wellbeing may be influenced across a lifespan by the conditions into which people are born, grow, live, work and age.
  • Describe energy and nutrition requirements for healthy eating, living and performance.
  • Describe the social, cultural and political factors that act as enablers or barriers to healthy eating and wellbeing.
  • Investigate and critique healthy eating behaviours in relation to national dietary guidelines.

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

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including online tasks, practical activities, workshops, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources.

The University Library provides extensive scholarly resources to supplement your suggested readings and research and is able to request books or articles from any library in the world. Guides to the literature in your discipline area are available from

Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here

The Library and the Study and Learning Centre are also on hand to support and assist in the development of your academic skills to make best use of such resources within your academic studies.



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: 3 Quizzes (15%) CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment 2: Case Study 1 Assignment (25%) CLO 1, 2, 3

Assessment 2:  Dietary analysis (35%) CLO 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment 3: Teaching resource (25%) CLO 2, 3, 5

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: