ESSC11001 - Physical Activity, Fitness and Health

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will discuss the aetiology of lifestyle-related diseases with a focus on physical activity and exercise as a prevention and treatment strategy. You will gain a basic understanding of the physiological effects of physical activity and exercise, and be able to identify interventions to improve physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior at the individual, community, and population level. You will gain fundamental knowledge and skills associated with measurement of physical activity, health and exercise, and apply this knowledge for the purpose of health-related research/study and exercise prescription.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Cairns
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Cairns
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%
3. On-campus Activity 0%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have your say
Feedback
Students have commented that they enjoy the practical components of the residential school as it helped with learning the theoretical content.
Recommendation
It is recommended to continue optimising the delivery of the residential school and to keep the laboratory activities as hands on as possible. As mixed mode students get limited time to access practical equipment, it is important to ensure that they have ample opportunity to understand the content that they are learning.
Action Taken
Although the 2019 residential school was the largest ever, with 78 mixed-mode students attending, it has again received positive feedback. This required optimisation of the laboratory sessions, rotations, and five staff members plus technical staff being involved in delivery. Further reflection on how to best deliver the residential school for large cohorts will continue.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Students have asked if lecture content can be uploaded earlier to allow them more time to download and read the content before each lecture.
Recommendation
Lecture content should be kept up to date on the Moodle page and be available at least one week in advance for each lecture. Although final changes for slides may occur due to a teaching team that is across three sites, previous lectures can be uploaded in advance and updated when required.
Action Taken
Lecture content and readings were made available at least one week in advance. As some lectures were being re-written it did not always enable them to be uploaded before that time.
Source: Self reflection
Feedback
Their is low attendance of on campus students to lectures, especially when the lecturer is delivering via ISL. There were also quite a few students that missed on campus laboratory sessions without informing the Unit Coordinator or one of the teaching staff.
Recommendation
Continue to look at ways to engage on campus students. On campus activities that complement lectures and laboratory sessions may help to create an environment where students feel more included. Students should be aware of the laboratory timetables as well as the unit requirements of 100% laboratory attendance.
Action Taken
On-campus attendance for lectures in Cairns (UC location) and Mackay (second lecturer location) was good, although Rockhampton had low attendance for lectures, despite efforts to engage students via ISL, it remains challenging without a physical presence in the room. On-campus lab attendance was improved, due to better communication by the UC regarding requirements and expectations in the Unit Profile, Introductory Lectures, and emails.
Source: Have your say survey
Feedback
The level of support that was offered to students via email and the forums, as well as the positive teaching styles, were highlighted as a positive aspect of this unit.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the Unit Coordinator and other teaching staff continue to engage and assist students in this unit. As this is a first year unit, many students require guidance, and this should be offered to students throughout the term via forums, email, phone calls where necessary, and by delivering engaging and informative lectures and labs/residential schools.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say survey
Feedback
It has been suggested that the lab workbook and lab manual be combined, to allow easier cross referencing between the two documents. Formatting of the lab workbook has also been highlighted as troublesome.
Recommendation
Combining the theoretical lab manual and the lab workbook (questions) should be investigated. Consideration should be given to the total length of a single document, and whether it is beneficial to break the different labs up into smaller documents.The formatting of the lab workbook template (font sizes, font type, etc) should be checked for consistency so that students completing the workbook in Microsoft Word do not spend time fixing formatting errors.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self reflection
Feedback
The addition of a second lecturer assisting the Unit Coordinator in delivery of lectures was beneficial and allowed streamlining when updating lecture and lab content, as well as being a point of contact for students on a different campus.
Recommendation
Continue assigning an additional lecturer to co-deliver this unit, with the potential to co-coordinate. This would enable students to have additional support across the term and on different campuses/study modes (mixed-mode).
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviours in the aetiology, prevention, and management of lifestyle-related diseases with an Australian focus
  2. Describe populations at risk of insufficient physical activity or sedentary behaviours, and how population, community, and individual level interventions can improve health outcomes
  3. Collect and interpret physical fitness and health measurements obtained during practical sessions or case studies
  4. Apply the elements of exercise prescription and delivery principles
  5. Demonstrate professional practice and ethical behaviour expected in exercise and sport science settings.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - On-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2 - Written Assessment
3 - On-campus Activity
1 - Online Quiz(zes)