Unit description

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.
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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

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

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Critical review30%
Exam: closed book20%
Exam: closed book50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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