Growth, Development & Ageing

Course code SPOR2080Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

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. The constraints for prescribing exercise for different age groups will also be covered. Particular attention is given to the biological basis for chronic diseases caused by physical inactivity that might be associated with ageing.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Discuss and graph the age- and sex- associated variation in growth and physical performance;
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, pregnant women and older adults;
7. Prescribe appropriate physical training programs for children, adolescents, and older adults
Content- Growth, maturation, development, physical activity and performance
- Chronological age vs. biological age
- Physical, physiological, and cognitive changes with ageing
- Physical activity/inactivity and ageing
- Chronic diseases and premature death associated with sedentary lifestyle
- Physical performance across the life-cycle
- Genetic and Hormonal Influences on Maturation
- Physical Activity and Exercise Influences on Maturation
- Fitness testing for children, pregnant women and older adults
- Resistance and endurance training programs for children, adolescents and older adults.
Replacing Course(s)SPOR1020 Exercise and Health throughout the Life Cycle
TransitionSPOR1020 was not offered in 2010, and will not be offered into the future. Credit will be granted for SPOR2080 on the basis of completion of SPOR1020.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeHUBS1108 Musculoskeletal Anatomy for Podiatry
HUBS1403 Biomedical Science Part 1
HUBS1404 Biomedical Science Part 2
SPOR1010 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: Class
Examination: Formal
Reports- Tutorial/Practical reports
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term