Extended Studies in PDHPE

Course code EDUC4203
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


This course builds on the premise that beginning teachers need to be reflective practitioners and inquirers. Through engagement with the new national Health and Physical Education curriculum, this course builds on curriculum concepts, theories, issues and practices introduced in previous teaching and learning courses, to further develop students theoretical and practical skills in program and assessment development in HPE. Furthermore, the course intends to provide students with the opportunities to understand group processes in curriculum development, and management skills in enacting such development. As a result of engagement in weekly seminar style presentations and individual and group problem-based assessment tasks, students should develop contemporary understandings of curriculum and assessment issues in HPE, as well as be introduced to professional issues and organisations which are pertinent to their work as a beginning HPE teacher.



  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Work as both independent and collaborative, self-motivated problem solvers

2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a wide range of issues relevant to HPE in New South Wales and its delivery in school settings

3. Refine skills in evaluating and synthesizing information/knowledge from curriculum documents and other relevant literature in terms of quality programming, assessment and teaching practice

4. Clarify the value orientations that underpin teaching and learning in HPE during lower Secondary School, and be equipped with the knowledge and skills to defend those values and philosophies


This course will include the following content:

  • Problem based learning (3 Contemporary Problems)
  • Review of NSW Years 7-10 PDHPE Curriculum
  • The National HPE Curriculum
  • Curriculum reform and innovation: managing the change process
  • Contemporary systemic curriculum issues in NSW
  • Out-sourcing physical education
  • Teachers as researchers: Empirical research informing our practice
  • Professional teaching standards: how to maintain and demonstrate high standards of professionalism


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/ Bachelor of Health and Physical Education programs

Assessment Items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Scenario/PBL Exercises

Presentation: Conference paper and presentation

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Plus full day student conference in final week of semester