This unit (SHE1002) provides a basis for the application of knowledge in growth, development and ageing in health, physical education, and human movement. It examines physical growth, and the cognitive, psycho-social, and motor development of humans from childhood into adulthood. Genetic and environmental factors that interact to influence the processes of human growth, development and ageing are explored from a developmental perspective. The unit focuses on human development across the lifespan to give a balanced perspective on age-related changes in human function.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse research-based knowledge of the physical growth, and the cognitive, psycho-social and motor development of humans throughout the lifespan;  
  2. Explain the developmental factors that interact to influence growth, development, and ageing;  
  3. Apply and adapt knowledge about physical growth and human development in health and physical education and human movement to advise on age specific programs; and  
  4. In collaboration with others, clearly and coherently communicate the adaption of concepts, principles or techniques in growth, development and ageing to specific situations.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Student workbook 20%
Presentation Group presentation and peer feedback 20%
Report Evidence Based Report 30%
Report The development of the Inquiry Project 30%

Required reading

Lifespan Human Development: Australian and New Zealand Edition 3rd Edition
Sigelman, C.K., De George, L., Cunial, K. & Rider, E.A.,(2019)

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