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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr J O'Connor (Peninsula)


This unit extends the discipline studies from first semester and introduces human physiology with a particular focus on physical activity, exercise and physical education. The unit seeks to apply understandings of the various physiological systems used and grounds these within a broader understanding of their interdependence within the body, and the body within its environment. The scientific principles underpinning the field of exercise physiology will be applied in laboratory practice. Sporting, physical and outdoor activity pursuits will be used to progress understandings of physiological adaptation within a broader socio-ecological context.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to: -

  1. Describe and interpret scientific research related to the field.
  2. Apply principles behind methods of training for specific sports and activities.
  3. Describe what is meant by body build, body size and body composition and provide an understanding of how it varies across different populations, sports, ages and genders.
  4. Outline the body's energy systems and apply their relative contributions to exercise in relation to intensity and duration.
  5. Develop a fitness education program that applies the principles of exercise training and demonstrates understanding of physiological systems.
  6. Accurately select and administer practical field-tests for measuring performance.
  7. Successfully use case study to locate the disciplines of physiology and exercise physiology within a broader socio-ecological framework for physical activity.


Assessment task 1 (1200 word equivalent): 40%
Assessment task 2 (1200 word equivalent): 20%
Assessment task 3 (1600 word equivalent): 40%;
required attendance at tutorials/practicals/laboratories.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Justen O'Connor

Contact hours

3 hours per week


EDF1602 or EDF1613