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
OfferedNot offered in 2015


This unit explores the teaching and learning of health and physical education (HPE). The unit enables students to build knowledge and gain experience in the unique teaching and learning environment of HPE. It provides historical, philosophical and pedagogical foundations of HPE, enabling students to develop confidence and competence in teaching HPE to students in the primary years.


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

  1. articulate the unique contribution of health and physical education to the general curriculum
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the philosophy, history and contemporary status of school physical education
  3. develop, design and plan lessons, units and curricula that are developmentally appropriate for levels Foundation to Year 8
  4. understand, utilise and have participated experientially in a variety of physical education specific pedagogies (e.g. fundamental motor skills, thematics, game-centred approaches) that promotes moving-related educative experiences
  5. communicate concepts and information about health and health-related matters as they pertain to health education (e.g. drug education, sexuality education) to a variety of audiences.


School health education research project (1600 words, 40%)
Physical education teaching portfolio (2400 words, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 1-hour lecture per week
  • 1-hour tutorial or practical per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • 10 hours of independent study per week including reading, completing assessment tasks and reviewing and/or completing online tasks

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