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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2011 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Laura Alfrey(Peninsula), Dr Tim Lynch (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. The unit includes practical experience in a range of lifespan physical activities.


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

  • demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between physical activity, nutrition, stress management techniques and health;
  • experience a range of lifespan physical activities including yoga, Swiss ball training, circuit and resistance training, running and flexibility training;
  • utilise the Stage of Change Model to modify their own behavior;
  • evaluate different methods of physical activity measurement;
  • understand and use terms such as heart rate reserve, threshold of training, and repetition maximum in the correct context;
  • summarise and understand the current participatory patterns of the general population in sport and physical activity while reflecting on their own participation behaviours.


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 Alfrey

Contact hours

3 hours per week