School of Population Health

Concepts of Physical Activity, Exercise & Health (GENM0703)

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In this course, you will learn about how the human body moves and the relationships between physical activity or inactivity and health and disease. There is confusing information in our modern world regarding physical activity and health. This course uses evidence-based medicine to explain physical activity-related subjects using the latest scientific evidence. Some topics covered include: the physiology of movement, effects of physical activity on the body, physical activity public health, physical activity requirements and needs for different population groups, and use of technology. You will be encouraged to look at your movement habits - and those of the wider public - in a new way that will hopefully improve your health (and that of your loved ones) now, and in the years to come.

Credit points

This course is an undergraduate General Education course, comprising 6 units of credit towards the total of 12 units of credit required of General Education for most undergraduate students.

Mode of study

Partially online.

Course aim

To provide students with knowledge of physical activity and other lifestyle habits, understanding of the effects of lifestyle on health, and ideas and tools for positive change - on both a personal and public health level.

Course Outcomes
  1. Define the basic structure and function of the moving human body.
  2. Explain how regular physical activity affects health and disease.
  3. Recognise that physical activity requirements differ between population groups.
  4. Determine factors affecting population physical activity habits in modern Australia.
  5. Apply physical activity information to your own lifestyle.
  6. Demonstrate scientific skills relating to scientific evidence, and collaborative and oral work.
Learning and Teaching Rationale

This course is taught partially online, with 2.5 hours of indicative in-person contact per week.

There is a 1-hour lecture each week and preparation lessons to watch online before each lecture. The lectures are designed to be as informative, entertaining and interactive as possible. The lectures are ideally attended in-person, partly because fun group physical activities are organised (e.g. beach/lecture ball). However, the lectures are recorded both visually and aurally (via Moodle), so students can opt to catch-up on lectures online

There is also a 1.5-hour tutorial each week. The tutorials are designed to encourage participation in group activities and guided analysis of your - and the wider world’s - physical activity habits.


Assessment Task 1 - Quizzes 1 - 10
Weighting: 20% (2% each quiz)
Length: 10 Multiple Choice Questions in each quiz

Assessment Task 2 - Lifestyle Change Project
Weighting: 20%
Lenght: 1350-1650 words

Assessment Task 3 - Group Presentation
Weighting: 20%
Length: 3 minutes per person + 'extra time' for group

Assessment Task 4 - Capstone Paper
Weighting: 40%
Length: 1800-2200 words

Readings and resources

Learning resources for this course consist of the following:

  • Preparation lessons for the lectures (available in Moodle)
  • Lectures slides (available in Moodle via Echo Lecture Recordings+ and also as a pdf just before each lecture)
  • Lecture audio recordings (available in Moodle via Echo Lecture Recordings+)
  • Mandatory readings/activities after each lecture (available in Moodle)
  • Tutorial PowerPoints (available in Moodle as pdfs just before each tutorial)