The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course aims to provide students with a broad and critical understanding of the study of personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE). It provides a foundation and context for future study and courses in the theory and practice of teaching the PDHPE syllabus in primary school years. The course introduces future teachers to the nature and role of PDHPE and the health promoting school model in supporting the development of health and wellbeing, with a focus on contemporary PDHPE issues.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the nature and importance of the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) key learning area and the content in the K-6 PDHPE syllabus;

2. Identify and describe current PDHPE issues which impact on primary school-aged children in Australia;

3. Describe current philosophies and theories which underpin the key learning area of PDHPE, including the health promoting school concept;

4. Describe current research in PDHPE and understand its importance and relevance to developing evidence-based teaching practice;

5. Demonstrate a knowledge of physical activity and movement studies including competence in fundamental movement skills;

6. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding of planning and implementation of an effective physical education lesson that is age appropriate.


The discipline of PDHPE, concept of health, health promoting school model, health status of primary-school aged children in Australia, nutrition, obesity, mental health, resilience, drug education, harm minimisation, sexual health, child protection education, injury, accidents, road safety, physical education and sport in primary schools, benefits of physical activity and skill acquisition, active lifestyle, games and sports, motor skill learning and assessment, gymnastics, dance, quality teaching.

Assumed knowledge

Students come to this course with a variety of academic and life experiences. While some students will have studied the HSC 2 Unit Personal Development, Health and; Physical Education course, the majority, including mature-age students, will not have. Thus we have taken the Year 10 PDHPE syllabus level of knowledge to be the starting point for this course. We respect and value the different experiences that mature-age students bring to the course and consider that they are not disadvantaged by this decision.

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Presentation and Session Plan (PE Strand)

Report: Written Report (PD/Health Strand)

Formal Examination: Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst


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


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