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SES1101 Growth, Development and Lifespan

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Growth, Development & Lifespan
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 069903 - Human Movement
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Dean Mills


This course will enable students to develop a detailed understanding of human growth and development. Students will learn to apply knowledge of how physiological factors and social determinants of health influence exercise capacity, and how physical activity can influence changes in the human body, from conception to older age. The course provides important foundational and reference knowledge relevant to a range of discipline areas, especially those concerned with humans and movement. In particular, the knowledge gained through this course is significant with regard to decisions made by health, exercise and education professionals and peers.


This course provides students with the opportunity to apply knowledge in growth and development across the lifespan. Content addresses and examines physical growth, the development of motor characteristics and the cognitive, social and emotional development of humans from childhood throughout life. The course also enables students to develop an understanding of the effects of exercise, injuries and a range of other issues and conditions that influence growth and development and ways of addressing these. Relevant research and guidelines on growth and development are examined from a variety of disciplines areas, as they relate to exercise.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

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


Description Weighting(%)
1. Stages of growth and development across the lifespan 20.00
2. Differences between chronological and biological age 10.00
3. Exercise contraindications and the nature of injuries and medical conditions present across the lifespan 20.00
4. Structural, physiological, motor and psychosocial developmental changes across the lifespan 20.00
5. Evidence-based physical activity and exercise principles 20.00
6. Social determinants of health that affect growth and development 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Gilbert, S.F 2019, Developmental biology, 12th edn, Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA.
Hoffnung, M., Hoffnung, R.J., Seifert, K., Burton Smith, R., Hine, A., Ward, L. & Pausé, C 2019, Lifespan development: a chronological/topical approach, 4th edn, John Wiley and Sons Australia, Milton, QLD.
Leifer, G., & Fleck, E 2012, Growth and development across the lifespan: A health promotion focus, 2nd edn, Elsevier Health Sciences, St Louis, MO.
Rowland, T 2005, Children's exercise physiology, 2nd edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
Taylor, A. & Johnson, M 2008, Physiology of exercise and healthy aging, 1st edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 62.00
Online Lectures 12.00
Online Tutorials 26.00
Private Study 65.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Assignment 1 - Online Quiz 10 10 17 Mar 2021 1,2
Assignment 2 - Essay 50 50 17 May 2021 1,2,3,4
Open Examination - Online 40 40 End S1 3,4,5,6 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete the assignment a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must submit and satisfactorily complete each item and achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    RESTRICTED: Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    a. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    b. non-programmable calculators which cannot hold textual information
    c. unmarked non electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary). Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays.

  4. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  5. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.

2. forms part of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise program and is benchmarked against the
• internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
• professional accreditation standards of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 18 June 2021