EDF1172 - Biophysical and behavioural foundations of health and physical education - 2018

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.



Chief examiner(s)

Trent Brown


Trent Brown

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




This unit introduces students to the biophysical and behavioural foundations of health and physical education. Students learn about the major biophysical sub-disciplines including functional human anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition and behavioural psychology. They explore the role these have played in shaping contemporary practices within the health and physical education discipline. Students learn how the biophysical elements interact with social, cultural and environmental factors to influence healthy and physically active lives. Students develop their understanding of the discipline areas through the application and critique of practice aimed to optimise individual potential for health and wellbeing, and the building of healthy, active communities.


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

  1. engage in meaningful discussions about the biophysical factors that shape individual and community health and wellbeing and physical activity
  2. understand important biophysical theory and content knowledge
  3. apply theory and content knowledge to relevant individual, local, regional or global contexts
  4. acquire, apply and critically evaluate skills associated with the biophysical sub-discipline in physical activity and health contexts
  5. demonstrate familiarity with the appropriate use of specialist equipment commonly used in the biophysical context
  6. analyse how varied and changing personal and contextual factors impact the biophysical and subsequent opportunities for health and physical activity.


Laboratory tasks (1500 words or equivalent, 40%)

Examination (2 hours, 2500 words or equivalent, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2 hours per week
  2. Additional requirements:
    • 10 hours of independent study per week

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