Human Growth and Lifespan Development

    Unit code: AHE1107 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park


    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.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Identify and describe the stages of growth and development across the lifespan, from reproduction through to death;
    2. Identify and apply knowledge on contraindicated exercises for particular stages of human growth, maturation and development, including common injuries and conditions during these stages of growth and development;
    3. Describe the difference between chronological and biological age, and the implications of these two factors across the life span;
    4. Identify and describe the structural, physiological and motor and psychosocial development changes across the lifespan and the effect, and timing of exercise and physical activity to elicit change;
    5. Apply evidence-based physical activity and exercise principles affecting growth, development, pregnancy and ageing; and,
    6. Illustrate the social determinants of health that affect growth and development.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    Multiple choice quizzes: 3 progressive assessments at the end of weeks 1, 2 & 3.
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 25%
    Report based on supplied client condition
    Assessment type: Portfolio
    Grade: 35%
    Three short reports on supplied clients (2 reports in groups, 10% each; 1 report individual 15%)
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 20%
    Paired presentation highlighting testing and training one of the clients discussed in assessments 2 and 3

    Required reading

    ESSA's student manual for health, exercise and sport assessment.
    Coombes, J., & Skinner, T. (2020).| ESSA
    Human motor development: A lifespan approach
    Payne, G., & Isaacs, L. (2020).| e-book

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