Health Studies 2

Description

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of issues and concepts which are important in the health and personal development strands of the PDHPE key learning area (Health component of New Australian Curriculum HPE). It will provide students with an opportunity to think both critically and creatively about the health issues impacting on young people and other population subgroups with a particular focus on the current health problem of obesity and the contributing factors of poor nutrition and physical inactivity.

Availability

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Analyse the health status of Australian population sub-groups using appropriate indicators and epidemiological concepts;

2. Use scientific sources of public health information to identify priority health issues for a population and describe the main determinants of those issues;

3. Recognise the problem of obesity and its contribution to the burden of illness in Australia;

4. Describe the determinants of obesity including the role of poor nutrition and physical inactivity;

5. List health benefits and risks associated with poor nutrition and physical inactivity and recall current national dietary and physical activity guidelines relevant to Australians;

6. Compare methods of measuring diet and physical activity in populations and describe current nutrition practices and physical activity participation levels;

7. Describe factors (and barriers) influencing nutrition and physical activity levels;

8. Explain health promotion principles and discuss strategies for improving nutrition and levels of physical activity;

9. Discuss principles of behaviour change for improving nutrition and levels of physical activity;

Content

  • Health status of populations
  • The problem of obesity - definitions, prevalence, trends, and burden of illness
  • Determinants of obesity, including poor nutrition and physical inactivity
  • Health risks associated with poor nutrition and physical inactivity
  • Current national Australian dietary and physical activity guidelines for children and adults
  • Methods of measuring diet and physical activity in populations
  • Current nutrition practices and physical activity levels in Australia
  • Factors influencing nutrition and physical activity
  • Strategies for improving nutrition and physical activity

Requisite

This course is only available to students enrolled in B Teaching/B Health & Phys Ed, or B Teaching (Secondary) / B Health & Phys Ed, or B Teaching (Health & Phys Ed) (Honours), or B Teaching (Primary) (Honours) programs.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Presentation: Resource Development and Oral Presentation: Group

Formal Examination: Examination

Contact Hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Tutorial

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