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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Provides an understanding of the changes in physiological function that occur with age, gender and the developmental stages. An individual's exercise capacity and motivation to participate in regular physical activity and how physical activity may influence growth and development are also considered as well as adaptations to specific training programs across the lifespan.

Unit content

Changes across the lifespan in musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, cardio-respiratory, endocrine, gastrointestinal tract, nutritional requirements and neuromuscular systems.
Development of gait; changes with age and pathology.
Maternal changes during pregnancy and the benefits of exercise on mother and foetus.
Exercise capacity, flexibility, muscular strength, endurance & power across the lifespan.
Fitness testing and exercise prescription for children; including athletic development.
Exercise testing and prescription for older adults.
Mental health and healthy living across the lifespan.
Theories and classification of ageing.
Effect of ageing on physiological systems and exercise capacity.
Exercise requirements and effects in people with congenital and acquired disabilities.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate understanding of the anatomical and physiological changes that occur across the lifespan in the context of appropriate.
2 explain gait development and changes due to ageing and pathological conditions and apply this to the development of training programs.
3 describe the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular problems of ageing and apply this to age related responses to exercise.
4 demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of exercise capacity, flexibility and muscular strength, endurance and power across the lifespan.
5 evaluate the evidence for the long-term benefits of exercise to produce improved outcomes in an ageing population.
6 demonstrate competence in modifying standard or adopting appropriate fitness tests to accommodate children and older adults.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of the anatomical and physiological changes that occur across the lifespan in the context of appropriate.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. explain gait development and changes due to ageing and pathological conditions and apply this to the development of training programs.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  3. describe the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular problems of ageing and apply this to age related responses to exercise.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  4. demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of exercise capacity, flexibility and muscular strength, endurance and power across the lifespan.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  5. evaluate the evidence for the long-term benefits of exercise to produce improved outcomes in an ageing population.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  6. demonstrate competence in modifying standard or adopting appropriate fitness tests to accommodate children and older adults.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:

Prescribed texts

  • Haywood, KM & Getchell, N, 2014, Life Span Motor Development, 6th edn, Human Kinetics, Illinois. ISBN: 9781450456999.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.