Course Title: Understanding Health and Physical Activity Behaviour

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Understanding Health and Physical Activity Behaviour

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

In this course the relationship between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and inactivity to health will be explored. A range of psychosocial influences on health and physical activity participation are considered, including individual, historical, social, cultural, geographic and environmental influences. Strategies and interventions to overcome barriers and encourage physical activity participation are addressed via a settings-based approach. Various theories and measures of health, sedentary behaviour and physical activity will be evaluated. As part of the practical component of this course, you will participate in a range of lifestyle physical activities and explore their connection to health and wellbeing.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  • Plan, implement and critique strategies to enhance health, safety, physical activity and wellbeing of individuals and their communities.
  • Plan and evaluate new and creative interventions that promote your own and others’ connection to community and natural and built environments.
  • Critique behaviours and contextual factors that influence health and wellbeing of diverse communities.
  • Examine the influence of sedentary behaviour, inactivity and physical activity in relation to health and wellbeing.
  • Participate in a range of lifelong physical activities and discuss their benefits to health and wellbeing.
  • Apply psychosocial and behavioural principles to design practical physical activity experiences in an educational setting.


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 learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment 1: Annotated bibliography (25%) CLO 3, 4

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

Assessment 3: Group presentation (20%) CLO 1, 2, 4

Assessment 4: Personal Physical Activity/Health Project (40%) CLO 1, 2, 5, 6

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: