Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Timothy Lynch


This unit enables students to develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of health and physical education (HPE) as a key learning area within Australian primary schools, enhancing the students' ability to critically analyse issues and learning episodes. Students are introduced to the impact science has had on the HPE key learning area within schools, in particular through functional human anatomy, biomechanics, basic principles of exercise physiology, neurology, human growth and development. Students investigate contemporary health and physical education in Australian schools through lectures, practical workshops and readings. Topics and issues include: the nature, purpose and role of health andpPhysical education, the policy for physical education in schools (curriculum documents), the socio- cultural approach, the history of the discipline; learning through movement, the physical education teacher's role and inclusion and safety aspects. Building on their investigations students will develop an understanding in relation to how scientific knowledge can be successfully applied by teachers to assist with skill acquisition and the implementation of 'learning through movement' in an inclusive, enjoyable and challenging, yet non-threatening manner for primary school students.


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

  1. develop a broad and critical knowledge and understanding of HPE as a discipline
  2. understand the socio-cultural influences on physical activity and health
  3. relate motor learning and biomechanical principles to the teaching and learning of correct skill technique and effective teaching of movement skills
  4. explain how physical activity inclusively caters for the needs of young people
  5. identify fundamental motor skills and dominant movement patterns that are developmentally appropriate for various abilities
  6. understand the importance of providing children with opportunities to prepare physically and mentally for physical activities and a lifelong active lifestyle
  7. understand the importance of quality learning experiences in HPE
  8. develop and implement quality learning experiences that promote enjoyment, maximum participation, inclusion and safety
  9. develop verbal and written communication skills
  10. understand the wide range of movement skills that contribute to the HPE curriculum.


Assessment task 1 (1600 words equivalent, 50%)
Assessment task 2: end of semester exam (2 hours, 2400 words equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 24 contact hours per semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the required minimum hours per semester