Growth, Development and Ageing


This course focuses on the study of biological growth, maturation and physical performance during childhood and adolescence, as well as the decline in physiological function and performance with ageing. Prescribing appropriate exercise programs for the different age groups will be covered as will be the selection of suitable fitness and performance assessments.



  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Discuss the age- and sex- associated variation in growth and physical performance, and chronological age vs. biological age;

2. Describe the interrelationship among maturity indicators during biological maturation and the influence of genetic, endocrine and nutritional factors;

3. Describe the various physical, physiological, and cognitive changes that occur with ageing;

4. Describe the physiological factors limiting exercise performance across the life cycle;

5. Discuss the impact of ageing and sedentary lifestyle on physical work capacity and the incidence of chronic disease;

6. Select appropriate fitness tests or modify standard protocols for children, adolescents and older adults;

7. Prescribe appropriate physical training programs for children, adolescents, and older adults.


  • Pre-natal growth 
  • Somatic growth
  • Physique and body composition
  • Bone, muscle fat, and the cardiovascular system
  • Motor development and performance
  • Perceptual and sensory development
  • Adolescence
  • Physical activity and exercise in childhood and adolescence, performance assessments and exercise prescription
  • Musculoskeletal and neuromuscular aspects of ageing
  • Cardiovascular and cognitive changes, frailty and physical performance including assessments
  • Ageing and exercise


This course replaces SPOR2080. If you have successfully completed SPOR2080 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

HUBS1108 Musculoskeletal Anatomy for Podiatry BIOL1040 Introduction to Biology 1 HUBS1418 Human Physiology for Exercise Science EXSS1010 or SPOR1010 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science

Assessment Items

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal and Examination: Class (Mid-Semester)

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term