EDF5171 - Physical education in the secondary years A - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - 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



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


72 credit points in physical education, including human movement (e.g. anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, growth and motor development, skill acquisition and psycho-social aspects of physical activity), health and nutrition and study in the skill activity areas of fundamental motor skills, ball handling, dance, games, fitness education, athletics, aquatics and sport education; and current certificates in Emergency First Aid Level 2 and AustSwim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety


Enrolment in D3001 BEd(Hons), D3002 to D3009 BEd(Hons)(Secondary doubles), D6001 MTeach




This unit is part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part B (EDF5172).


This unit prepares students to teach school physical education from Years 7 to 12. It provides students with the historical, philosophical and experiential foundations of physical education and how these have shaped and continue to shape contemporary perspectives, paradigms of practice and diverse student needs and how they learn in physical and movement culture. They learn how teachers plan for and undertake educational projects and research as part of their professional work. A focus for this unit is on students developing competencies and skills in professional knowledge underpinned by local and international curriculum and how this is enacted in professional practice. Students are provided with opportunities, in class and/or via related professional experience (teaching practicums), to consolidate their content knowledge, develop subject matter and pedagogical content knowledge and skills relevant to teaching in secondary schools.


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

  1. demonstrate and explain the historical, philosophical and experiential foundations of physical education
  2. justify the purposes and rationale for teaching physical education in the curriculum
  3. develop content, design and plan lessons, units of work and curriculum that are developmentally appropriate
  4. demonstrate and develop knowledge of a range of resources and teaching/learning activities which support student learning and engagement
  5. plan for and undertake educational projects or research relevant to their work as professional teachers
  6. develop, discuss and incorporate various physical education specific assessment and reporting practices.


Essay and planning tasks (2000 words, 50%)

Reflective tasks (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2-3 contact hours per week
  2. Additional requirements:
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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