Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Laura Alfrey


This unit explores the range of complex and multilayered factors that influences physical activity and health. Students develop their understanding of interactions across personal, social and environmental contexts that combine to impact individual wellness over time. This unit develops understandings of settings and strengths-based health promotion and social ecology theory as a basis for researching, analysing, applying and appraising knowledge in health and movement fields. Students critique health and movement practices, teaching strategies, and the social and environmental contexts in which they operate. Students undertake research as part of an authentic, ethically sound inquiry-based unit of work, that demonstrates strategies for goal setting, planning, enhancing and assessing student learning related to health and physical education. Students take into account concepts of inclusiveness, power inequalities, diversity and social justice.


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

  1. further develop their awareness of the impact that diverse individual, social and environmental factors have on health and physical activity, education and associated teaching experiences
  2. elaborate on theoretical and foundational knowledge to enhance their capacity to critique highly individualised health and physical education practice and teaching strategies
  3. demonstrate understandings of the role of authentic educational inquiry, particularly through action research frames, and their application to teaching in health and physical education contexts
  4. plan to include a focus on inclusiveness, power inequalities, taken-for-granted assumptions, diversity and social justice as part of their professional practice.


Individual/group evaluation (1400 words, 35%)
Research essay and plan (2600 words, 65%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • workshops - 24 hours over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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