The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019

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

Participation: Group/tutorial participation and contribution

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - 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.

Contact hours



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


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