EDF3220 - Health and physical education - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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



Not offered in 2017


This unit explores current Victorian and Australian curriculum as well as international trends in 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 develops students' understanding of 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. understand and explore teaching strategies to implement the current Victorian and Australian 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 promote 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 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 1-hour lecture per week
    • 1-hour tutorial or practical per week
  2. 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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