Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2021.

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 (ESSA 6.2.2);

2. Describe the interrelationship among maturity indicators during biological maturation and the influence of genetic, endocrine and nutritional factors (ESSA6.2.1);

3. Describe the various physical, physiological, and cognitive changes that occur with ageing, and how exercise affects change (ESSA 6.2.4);

4. Illustrate the social determinant of health and discuss how ageing and sedentary lifestyle impact on health across the life span (ESSA 6.2.3, ESSA 6.2.6);

5. Select appropriate exercises and fitness tests or demonstrate an ability to modify standard protocols for children, adolescents and older adults (ESSA 6.2.3);

6. Prescribe appropriate physical training programs for children, adolescents, and older adults (ESSA 6.2.5).


  • 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: Formal Examination

Written Assignment: Case study/problem based learning

Log / Workbook: Laboratory workbook

In Term Test: Mid-Semester Test

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 80% of the scheduled laboratories to ensure practical skill competency is demonstrated within the course. If a student cannot meet the requirement of 80% attendance they must apply for adverse circumstances with supporting documentation for non attendance.
  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in the course students must complete a compulsory laboratory induction and WH&S induction including testing equipment usage and emergency evacuation procedures.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.