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SP1011 - Physical Activity for Health

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject will explore the relationships between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health. Students will explore the prevalence of chronic disease in Australia and the impact of physical activity on health and development. Students will apply population level health recommendations for physical activity to the general population and to populations at risk of participating in insufficient levels of physical activity.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify populations at risk of insufficient physical activity or sedentary behaviour, and identify agencies involved in the promotion of physical activity;
  • Summarise population level recommendations for optimising physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour;
  • Describe the prevalence of chronic conditions in Australia and the benefits of optimising physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour in terms of general health and the prevention and management of chronic conditions across the lifespan;
  • Describe the structural, physiological and motor development changes across the lifespan and summarise the effects of physical activity on these changes.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (15%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Educational resource - (25%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties; participate in at least 80% of scheduled practical classes.



Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Denise Turner.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 22 hours lectures
  • 8 hours workshops
  • 14 hours specialised
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.