Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

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 use of a whole-school approach to promote health and wellbeing, with a focus on contemporary PDHPE issues.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the health of the Australian population, importance of the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) key learning area and content in the PDHPE syllabus;

2. Explain current philosophies and theories which underpin the key learning area of PDHPE, including the Health Promoting Schools Framework;

3. Outline current research in PDHPE and understand its relevance to developing evidence-based teaching practice;

4. Demonstrate the ability to plan and implement effective age appropriate physical education sessions;

5. Demonstrate the ability to find information regarding the health of the population, primary school-aged children in particular and communicate this information using discipline specific terminology and referencing conventions.


The discipline of PDHPE, concepts of health and public health, health status of the Australian population with a focus on primary-school aged children, the Health Promoting Schools Framework, road safety, mental health, resilience, drug education, harm minimisation, nutrition, obesity, sexuality education, child protection education, 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

Written Assignment: Session Plan (PE Strand)

Presentation: Presentation (PE Strand)

Written Assignment: Public Health Photo Report (PDH Strand)

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity (PDH Strand

Formal Examination: Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


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

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.