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 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Justen O'Connor


In this unit, students are introduced to the concepts of community physical activity promotion as it relates to health/wellness. The unit uses a theoretical framework about the 'upstream' contexts of physical activity including those of policy, engagement, community action and advocacy. Several physical activity promotion theories are examined, however much of the content of this unit is developed using a social-ecological framework. This framework is applied to schools, local shires, youth groups, hospitals, parks and in built, social, community and natural environments. Field day experiences are used to consolidate learning in this unit.


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

  1. apply knowledge of lifespan physical activity and wellness in community wide approaches to physical activity promotion
  2. list and describe the determinants and conceptual approaches in intra- and interpersonal environments, micro-, meso- and macro-environments
  3. understand the differences between downstream (choice-driven) and upstream (choice-enabling) physical activity promotion policies
  4. define the terms: physical activity, epidemiology, inequality, inequity, risk factors, ecological fallacy and other related terms
  5. develop quantitative and qualitative understandings of research design and approaches in community physical activity and wellness studies
  6. engage with the professional literature on community physical activity promotion
  7. develop appropriate strategies for the promotion of physical activity in community settings
  8. critically reflect on community programs engaged to promote physical activity in the population
  9. evaluate community settings using appropriate fieldwork measuring and interpretive devices
  10. participate effectively in a community fieldwork setting.


Assessment task 1 (2400 words, 60%)
Assessment task 2 (1600 words, 40%)
Satisfactory completion of practical components and fieldwork

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 24 contact hours per semester plus additional days for fieldwork may be required

(b.) Additional requirements:

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


EDF1605 or EDF1616 or approved equivalent