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. Describe the stages of growth and development across the lifespan, from conception through to death;  
  2. Apply knowledge on contraindicated exercises for stages of human growth and development, including common injuries present during these stages;  
  3. Describe the structural, physiological and motor development changes across the lifespan and the effect of exercise on such changes;  
  4. Analyse and evaluate the literature and guidelines on growth and development as they relate to exercise; and,  
  5. Apply knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and stages of growth to human development.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Multiple choice quizzes: 3 progressive assessments at the end of weeks 1, 2 & 3. 30%
Portfolio Portfolio of three short reports on supplied clients 20%
Report Report based on supplied client condition 30%
Presentation Paired presentation highlighting testing and training one of the clients discussed in assessments 2 and 3 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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