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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2010 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Laura Ward (Peninsula), Ms Gabrielle Patterson (Gippsland)


Students gain an appreciation of physical activity and wellness across a lifespan. The students learn about strategies to engage people in physical activity and health promoting behaviours across the lifespan, including behaviour modification techniques, theories of activity adherence and principles/types of fitness and health education programs. A large component of this unit is student centered, with a requirement being to reflect on their current lifestyle and discuss its implications for their future wellbeing.


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

  1. define and explain what is meant by the following terms: physical activity, fitness, wellness, health and nutrition;
  2. provide a brief insight into their personal history of sport, physical activity and exercise participation;
  3. articulate their individual beliefs and evolving philosophy of physical activity and wellness;
  4. demonstrate an awareness of the benefits of physical activity, appropriate nutrition and stress management techniques for health;
  5. describe, list and apply the underlying principles of personal, predisposing, enabling and reinforcing factors;
  6. differentiate between the Stage of change and Processes of Change model and apply these to human behaviour;
  7. distinguish between alterable and unalterable cardiovascular disease risk factors;
  8. describe the recommendations for health related physical activity and fitness across all ages;
  9. evaluate between the different forms of physical activity measurement;
  10. determine and use terms such as heart rate reserve, threshold of training, and repetition maximum in the correct context;
  11. summarise the current participatory patterns of the general population in sport and physical activity while reflecting on their own participation behaviours;
  12. communicate reasons as to why people do and do not participate in sport and physical activity while reflecting on their own reasons for participating;
  13. determine and calculate their daily energy expenditure;
  14. differentiate between the nutrition terms of calories and kilojoules;
  15. keep a dietary diary and evaluate it for nutritional quality;
  16. participate and experience physical activities including: running, circuit resistance training, Pilates, Swiss ball training, resistance training, and flexibility training.


Assessment Task 1: 50% (2000 words)
Assessment Task 2: 50% (2000 words equivalent)
Attendance is required at practical/laboratory/tutorial classes.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Laura Ward

Contact hours

3 hours per week