This unit forms a basis for the applications of knowledge in growth development and ageing in the field of Exercise and Sport Science. It aims to develop an integrated understanding of physical growth and the development of motor characteristics of humans from childhood into adulthood, including the genetic and environmental factors that interact to influence these processes and the deterioration in physical processes and motor characteristics as they age. The unit focuses on development across the lifespan to give a balanced perspective on age-related changes in human motor function.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Assess the physical growth, psychological maturation, and motor characteristics of humans throughout the lifespan (including pregnancy and maternal care) as a basis to advise age appropriate exercise regimes;  
  2. Apply knowledge of interactions between genetic and environmental factors as they influence physical growth and motor development; and,  
  3. Utilise knowledge about growth and development in the fields of human movement, sport, exercise and physical activity, to identified phases of the life span.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Multiple choice quizzes conducted in lab 40%
Report Report based on PIL activities 40%
Poster Presentation of a poster based on a topic chosen by the student 20%

Required reading

ESSA's student manual for Health, Exercise and Sport Assessment,
Coombes, J and Skinner, T, 2014

Human Motor Development : A Lifespan Approach,
Payne, G, and Isaacs, L, 2016

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