Physical Activity Promotion

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physical Activity Promotion

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Health Science, Physical Education

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course aims to develop public health competencies specific to physical activity assessment. It explores the determinants of physical activity and reviews the strategic approaches to physical activity promotion at a population level.

    Course Introduction
    This course introduces students to issues associated with physical activity and health. The course foregrounds a critical perspective and explores the uncertainty of knowledge in terms of what we 'know' about the relationship between physical activity and health, the factors related to participation, and how we promote it. We will explore and critique educational, organisational, legislative, and environmental change strategies used to promote physical activity at individual, community, and population levels. Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge of issues associated with physical activity and health within the context of a contemporary public health practice framework.

    Course Aims
    The aims of this course are for the student to:
    - Understand and critique the knowledge of the inter-relationships between physical activity and population health
    - Develop knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative understandings of physical activity patterns and mediators
    - Gain skills in measuring and reporting physical activity participation
    - Develop knowledge and ability to critique various approaches to promoting physical activity with various populations in multiple settings.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Describe review level data on the relationship between physical activity and health and disease.
    2 Critique popular understandings and portrayals of the relationship between physical activity and chronic disease and the social impact of these portrayals.
    3 Report and critique epidemiological trends in physical activity participation patterns.
    4 Understand and describe social, environmental, and structural factors that influence participation in physical activity among children and adults.
    5 Describe the various methods applicable to the assessment of physical activity and their impact on epidemiological data at individual and population levels.
    6 Explain and critique physical activity promotion strategies and intervention options at individual, community, and population levels.

    Assessment Plan
    Test or quiz - Weekly online reading quizzes 10%/10
    Assignment - Written Assignment - Physical activity blog 15%/15
    Assignment - Written Assignment - Thematic analysis of physical activity blogs 35%/100
    Exam - selected and constructed responses - Final Exam 40%/40

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.