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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Explores the development of human function across the lifespan with a particular focus on the influence of physical activity and exercise through teacher-directed activities and problem-based learning.

Unit content

  • Definitions and theories of human development.
  • Pregnancy, pre and postnatal and infant development. Maternal changes during pregnancy.
  • Early and middle childhood and adolescence: influences on individual development.
  • Life-stage challenges of adolescence and young adulthood.
  • Use it or lose it: changes during early and middle adulthood.
  • The role of physical activity and exercise in the promotion of mental and physical health in people with congenital and acquired disabilities.
  • Late adulthood: theories of ageing and healthy ageing.
  • Late adulthood: individual differences and the role of physical activity 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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 define the stages in human development and explain major theories
2 explain the significance of appropriate exercise, key nutrients and environmental risks for maternal, foetal and infant health
3 review changes in major systems from early childhood through adolescence and consider physical activity levels, training regimes and injury risks
4 evaluate the neurological development in adolescents and young adults in relation to challenges common to this life-stage
5 review changes during early, middle and late adulthood and consider health in relation to physical activity, diet and training
6 outline developmental issues associated with congenital and acquired disabilities and analyse evidence associated with physical activity and exercise in mitigating functional decline
7 identify different types of research studies investigating the effect of exercise, physical activity and lifestyle choices on developmental outcomes.

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

  1. define the stages in human development and explain major theories
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  2. explain the significance of appropriate exercise, key nutrients and environmental risks for maternal, foetal and infant health
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  3. review changes in major systems from early childhood through adolescence and consider physical activity levels, training regimes and injury risks
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  4. evaluate the neurological development in adolescents and young adults in relation to challenges common to this life-stage
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  5. review changes during early, middle and late adulthood and consider health in relation to physical activity, diet 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 mitigating functional decline
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  7. identify different types of research studies investigating the effect of exercise, physical activity and lifestyle choices on developmental outcomes.
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.