Physical Activity and Health - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Scientific Essay (30%) , Assignment 2 - Reflection Activities (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

The aim of this unit is to introduce the student to physical activity as a health issue. The unit focuses on contemporary health promotion thinking and models underpinning population levels of physical activity. It examines epidemiology, global trends, costs, politics, partnerships and interventions. A series of intervention types and methods will be presented and examined. Sub-populations with specific needs and specific settings for interventions will be explored. In so doing the central importance of forging partnerships with sectors outside health is examined.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. articulate a rationale for the health and the broader community benefits of increasing physical activity as a health promotion priority
  2. critically analyse population physical activity levels, patterns and trends to determine priority target groups for health promotion interventions
  3. research examples of partnership opportunities for physical activity and the importance of partnerships with sectors other than health
  4. critically analyse interactions between the environment (physical and social) and physical activity and the role of urban designing, planning and transport in making physical activity choices easier
  5. assess and justify behavioural influences on physical activity including readiness, motivation, barriers, confidence, social support and skills.
  • Assignment 1 — Scientific Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Reflection Activities (50%)
  • Quiz — Online Test (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — A pedometer is an essential tool required to complete this unit

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Physical activity as a public health issue
2Levels, patterns and trends in physical activity
3Principles and guidelines for physical activity
4Physical activity - a whole of community concern
5The environment, policy and physical activity
6Behaviour change and physical activity
7Promoting physical activity
8Settings for promoting physical activity
9Physical activity for specific sub-populations

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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