Available in 2022
Course code

EXSS1070

Units

10 units

Level

1000 level

Course handbook

Description

Exercise and physical activity are important across all stages of life; however, exercise participation and abilities vary greatly across the lifespan due to changes in individual constraints. This course will explore the stages of growth and development across the lifespan, and the benefits and risks of different exercise interventions in very young to elderly populations.

The course will also explore sub-populations most at risk of being inactive and the Australian systems, policies and guidelines responsible for promoting physical activity and exercise. Students will evaluate population-level interventions and Australian guidelines for optimising physical activity and sedentary behaviour in diverse populations.

By the end of the course, students will understand the structural, physiological, motor and psychosocial changes that occur across the lifespan, and how they shape physical activity and exercise interventions and guidance.


Availability2022 Course Timetables

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): EXSS2080. Students who have successfully completed EXSS2080 are not eligible to enrol in EXSS1070.


Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the physical, motor and psychosocial stages of growth and development across the lifespan, from conception through to death (including pregnancy in women), and the effect of exercise on such changes (ESSA 6.2.1, 6.2.3, 6.2.4, 10.2.2);

2. Identify assessments to monitor changes in growth and development and apply the results to guide the development of exercise and physical activity interventions (ESSA 6.2.2, 6.2.3, 6.2.5);

3. Define physical activity, exercise and sedentary behaviour, and identify and evaluate methods to assess these behaviours in different contexts and populations (ESSA 6.2.6, 12.2.5, 12.2.6);

4. Apply population-level guidelines for physical activity and sedentary behaviour recommendations to inform physical activity and exercise interventions across the lifespan (ESSA 12.2.4, 12.2.5);

5. Describe the broad structure of the Australian health system, and identify agencies tasked with physical activity and health promotion across diverse Australian populations (ESSA 12.2.2, 12.2.3);

6. Illustrate the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the aetiology, prevention and management of chronic disease (ESSA 12.2.1, 12.2.5).


Content

  •  Stages of growth and development across the lifespan
  •  Modifying exercise and physical activity across the lifespan
  •  Public policy and the structure of the Australian health care system
  •  Physical activity and sedentary behaviour recommendations and interventions
  •  Assessment of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  •  Populations at risk of being inactive and sedentary
  •  Physical activity and health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  •  Influence of exercise and physical activity on chronic disease prevention and management

Requisite

Students who have successfully completed EXSS2080 cannot enrol in EXSS1070.


Assumed knowledge

EXSS1050, EXSS1060, and HUBS1401


Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Theory Assessment

Report: Case Study

Presentation: Poster Presentation

Log / Workbook: Laboratory workbook


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend a minimum of 80% of laboratory classes.

Contact hours

Ourimbah

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

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