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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Z Pawlaczek (Gippsland)


In this unit, students are introduced to functional human anatomy, biomechanics, basic principles of exercise physiology, human growth and development and skill acquisition as they relate to sport and physical education. Students will gain an understanding of the sub disciplines of biophysical foundations and apply these understandings to sport and recreation activities through lectures, practical activities, laboratory and assignment work. Furthermore, students will begin to develop an understanding of how studies in biophysical foundations should be moving from a multidisciplinary to an interdisciplinary field, and its implications for teaching physical education.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the functional anatomy associated with human movement pertaining to sports and outdoor recreation;
  2. Explain physiological processes such as bone growth, skeletal muscle contraction, muscular adaptation, nervous system control and regulation and its relationship to movement.
  3. Identify major anatomical structures involved in the production of coordinated movement.
  4. Answer questions related to biomechanical principles and their application to human movement.
  5. Define the terms exercise, physical activity, training and exercise physiology.
  6. Describe and interpret scientific research related to the field.
  7. Describe terms such as VO2max, lactate threshold, steady state, metabolism and use these terms in correct context.
  8. Explain multiple theories and training concepts
  9. Identify principles behind methods of training for specific sports and activities.
  10. Identify the body's three energy systems and explain their relative contributions to exercise in relation to intensity and duration.
  11. Explain the differences in the pattern of recovery from each exercise mode.
  12. Describe what happens during the stages of human growth from pre-natal through to adulthood.
  13. Identify the implications growth and development has on the individual's participation in sport, recreation and physical activity across the lifespan.
  14. Differentiate between chronological and biological age and the implications of these for participation in sport, recreation and physical activity in childhood and adolescence.
  15. Describe the phases of motor development across the lifespan.


Assessment Task 1 (1600 word equivalent): 40%
Assessment Task 2 (800 word equivalent): 20%
Assessment Task 3. End of semester exam (1600 word equivalent): 40%
Attendance is required at practical/laboratory/tutorial classes.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Zofia Pawlaczek

Contact hours

3 contact hours per week, 9 hours private study including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning.