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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

This unit explores the development of human physiological function from the embryo to extreme old age with a particular focus on exercise capacity and the influence of physical activity and exercise at all life-stages through teacher directed activities and problem-based learning. Developmental pathways of people with congenital and acquired disabilities, and life-stage related mental and physical challenges are emphasised.

Unit content

Topic 1. Definitions and Theories of Human Development. Consideration of data sources and the quality of evidence in this area.

Topic 2. Pregnancy, pre and post-natal and infant development: with particular reference to the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, GIT and neurological systems including the special senses.  Maternal changes during pregnancy and the effects of physical activity, exercise, nutrition and environmental exposures will be considered.

Topic 3. Early and middle childhood and adolescence:  major systems revisited with a focus on the endocrine system. Influences on individual development including gender, social and nutritional opportunity, physical activity and training level will be considered. Exercise related public health policy and promotions for this age group.

Topic 4.  Life-stage challenges of adolescence and young adulthood: neurological and cognitive development, mental health, addictions, diets and dawning independence. Consideration of the evidence that life-style and dietary choices made in the teens/twenties predict functional competence in older age.

Topic 5. Use it or lose it: changes in the major physiological systems during early and middle adulthood with a focus on the endocrine systems in women and the relationship of mental and physical health with physical activity and training. Exercise related public health policy and promotions for adults.

Topic 6. The role of physical activity and exercise in the promotion of mental and physical health in people with congenital and acquired disabilities.

Topic 7. Late adulthood: classifications, theories of ageing, ageism and healthy ageing

Topic 8. Late adulthood: changes in major physiological systems. Exploration of the evidence on individual differences and the role of physical activity, training and nutrition on both the cognitive and physical changes related to age and pathology. 

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
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. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
2 explain gait development and changes due to ageing and pathological conditions and apply this to the development of training programs. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
3 describe the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular problems of ageing and apply this to age related responses to exercise. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
4 demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of exercise capacity, flexibility and muscular strength, endurance and power across the lifespan. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
5 evaluate the evidence for the long-term benefits of exercise to produce improved outcomes in an ageing population. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
6 demonstrate competence in modifying standard or adopting appropriate fitness tests to accommodate children and older adults. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence

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

Prescribed texts

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.