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Unit of Study BIO10494 - Human Growth, Development and Ageing (2017)

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

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.

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

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1 apply definitions of the stages in human development and explain major theories and evaluate the quality of the evidence
2 synthesize pre, post-natal and infant development for the major physiological systems, reviewing key nutrients, appropriate exercise and developmental risks for maternal and foetal health
3 review changes in major systems from early childhood through adolescence and appraise the relevance of various physical activity levels and training regimes to support growth, development and physical fitness
4 evaluate the neurological development in adolescents and young adults in relation to challenges common to this life-stage and make evidence-based predictions about long-term developmental impacts of self-harming behaviours
5 review changes in the major physiological systems during early, middle and late adulthood and critique the evidence of a relationship between mental (including cognitive function) and physical health with physical activity, dietary requirements and training
6 outline developmental issues associated with congenital and acquired disabilities and analyse evidence associated with physical activity and exercise in aiding development and mitigating functional decline
7 interpret research studies investigating the effect of exercise, training, physical activity and lifestyle choices on short and long term developmental outcomes

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

  1. apply definitions of the stages in human development and explain major theories and evaluate the quality of the evidence
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  2. synthesize pre, post-natal and infant development for the major physiological systems, reviewing key nutrients, appropriate exercise and developmental risks for maternal and foetal health
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  3. review changes in major systems from early childhood through adolescence and appraise the relevance of various physical activity levels and training regimes to support growth, development and physical fitness
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  4. evaluate the neurological development in adolescents and young adults in relation to challenges common to this life-stage and make evidence-based predictions about long-term developmental impacts of self-harming behaviours
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  5. review changes in the major physiological systems during early, middle and late adulthood and critique the evidence of a relationship between mental (including cognitive function) and physical health with physical activity, dietary requirements and training
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  6. outline developmental issues associated with congenital and acquired disabilities and analyse evidence associated with physical activity and exercise in aiding development and mitigating functional decline
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  7. interpret research studies investigating the effect of exercise, training, physical activity and lifestyle choices on short and long term developmental outcomes
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:

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