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Human Growth and Development G (8362.1)

Level: Graduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Sport and Exercise Science


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  • Semester 1, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (189821) - View
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The aim of this unit is to enable understanding of how age, gender, culture, socioeconomic status and developmental stages may each influence an individuals exercise capacity and motivation to participate in regular physical activity, and how physical activity, in turn, may influence growth and development.

Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify and understand contributing factors to exercise participation and lifestyle choices; and

2. Understand and apply concepts relating to exercise intervention and its impact on growth and development. Specifically: Identify changes in physiological systems (muscular, skeletal neurological and endocrine) across the life span; Identify health-related issues during prenatal development to mother and foetus; Understand the effect of maternal exercise on both mother and foetus during pregnancy; Understand the influence of physical activity across all age groups; Understand the interaction of the systems during development and ageing; Evaluate responses to exercise and training adaptations across the lifespan; Understand the role physical activity plays during ageing and in disease; and Demonstrate an ability to appropriately assess physical fitness in a variety of populations.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Four hours per week (semester long).



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