Exercise Science                    (T)

Physical Education                 (A, M)

Proposed for 2019 (depending on numbers):

Exercise Science                  (A)

Outdoor Education               (A)

The Physical Education Department both accredited and tertiary courses within the Senior School. Students should take care in selecting particular courses in line with their academic abilities and their vocational aspirations.  The courses offered in the Physical Education Department are designed to prepare students for University and other educational institutions as well as vocational opportunities.

The Exercise Science course has a greater emphasis on theoretical assessment compared to the Physical Education and Outdoor Education courses. The Physical Education (A) course has a focus on physical activity and practical assessment components. This course also offers opportunities to gain the National vocational certificates and industry recognized certificates.

We have two new proposed courses for 2019 in Exercise Science (A) and Outdoor Education (A). The Exercise Science (A) is for those students that have an interest in the theory behind human performance but do not wish to study it at a tertiary level. The Outdoor Education (A) course will put new found skills to the test with camps each term. The subject will be administered in a flexible environment to cater for students with already demanding study programs. For example students studying a tertiary package may be able to fit this subject around their study commitments.

Exercise Science (T, A)

The Exercise Science Course provides essential knowledge and skills that assist students in gaining access to vocational opportunities and further study.  Emphasis is placed on a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of Exercise Science.  It provides an opportunity for the study of human physiology and performance in the development of enhanced sporting achievements.

The Exercise Science Course is intended for the following groups of students:

  • Those who wish to proceed to post-secondary studies in the fields of: paramedical, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, sports training/conditioning, sports studies, teaching, community fitness and recreation, Personal Training and other areas of applied anatomy and physiology
  • Those who may not have vocational aspirations in this field but who have a serious interest in the theory and practice of Exercise Science

Exercise Science is a very challenging course with a strong theoretical component. Students over the two years will study in depth the following units of study: Anatomy, Physiology, Human Fitness, Sports Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, Sports Injuries Biomechanics and Sports Psychology.

Anatomy and Physiology

Some of the specific goals for this unit are for students to:

  • describe and understand the basic organisation of the human body: cells, tissues, organs, and body systems
  • describe the structure and function of the circulatory system and be able to recognise its major components
  • describe the structure and function of the respiratory system and be able to describe the process of gas exchange
  • recognize and understand how these body systems relate to human performance
  • describe the specific terms associated with human motion and movement analysis
  • describe the structure and function of the skeletal and articular systems and how they relate to human performance
  • describe and understand the muscular and nervous systems and explain how they are applied to human performance

Human Fitness and Sports Nutrition

Some of the specific goals for this unit are for students to:

  • identify the importance of physical fitness and its role in improving the well-being of our society
  • define the health and skill related components of physical fitness and factors affecting them, and describe methods of measuring and evaluating these components
  • summarise accurately information in relation to training principles and methods and apply these to training programs
  • describe the structure and function of the digestive system and recognise its major components
  • describe the relationship between food intake, energy expenditure and metabolism
  • identify specific dietary requirements for a variety of athletic performance
  • demonstrate an understanding and interpretation of nutritional food values appropriate to athletes in sport

Exercise Physiology and Sports Injuries

Some of the specific goals for this unit are for students to:

  • demonstrate an in depth knowledge of physiology involved in muscular metabolism and the energies of muscular contraction
  • describe and understand the energy requirements of sports activities and their interplay during rest and exercise
  • describe and understand the acute and chronic physiology adjustments, adaptations and response to exercise
  • describe and understand the physiological adaptations brought about by training principles and methods
  • demonstrate an understanding of the factors which influence sports performance
  • analyse the structure of those areas of the body most susceptible to sporting injuries and of the most common sporting injuries
  • identify when a competing injury becomes life threatening
  • demonstrate and describe appropriate management of injuries and the promotion of safety in sport
  • identify a range of factors that influence prevention of sporting injuries
  • identify a range of rehabilitation procedures and be able to follow rehabilitation procedures

Biomechanics and Sports Psychology

Some of the specific goals for this unit are for students to:

  • define and apply biomechanical principles relating to human bodies in static and dynamic situations
  • develop the capacity to critically analyses, perform and observe motors activities by incorporating a thorough knowledge of biomechanical principles.
  • differentiate between different types of motivation and identify them from information supplied by athletes
  • demonstrate an understanding of how different arousal states may be achieved in sports performance through positive or negative means
  • demonstrate an understanding of the cognitive strategies used in mental preparation for performance.

Physical Education (A, M)

The Physical Education Course is a practical activity based course. The aim of the course is to provide students with access to, and support for, a program of regular physical activity to aid in the maintenance of their personal fitness and their continued participation in sporting and recreational activities.

The major focus of this course is to encourage participating students to develop an understanding of, and interest in, personal fitness, sport, and recreation.

This is a course suited to both female and male students and it is expected students undertaking this course will become valuable community resources as a result of their participation in the basic sports coaching and administration units and the completion of the National Vocational Certificates.

Students will complete the following units:

Year 11 Semester 1 – Field Sports and Sports Competitions

Some of the specific goals for this unit are for students to:

  • perform with individual and team skills in a number of field sports involving a wide variety of equipment and settings
  • demonstrate an understanding of the rules of a number of selected field sports
  • identify, apply, analyse and evaluate tactical and positional skills
  • apply skills in the creation and administration of sports competitions
  • demonstrate and conduct a sports competition, applying record keeping, communication, and management of officials, participants facilities and equipment
  • demonstrate a variety of effective communication, group management and decision making skills within the role of a sports competition administrator

Year 11 Semester 2 – Coaching Principles and Football Codes

Some of the specific goals for this unit are for students to:

  • identify, explore and apply the role and responsibilities expected of a coach
  • examine and apply the planning process to prepare and evaluate effective coaching sessions
  • develop coaching knowledge and innovative coaching techniques that promote inclusion and a safe training/competition environment
  • demonstrate, develop and improve individual skills in a number of football codes
  • utilise effective personal, interpersonal and leadership skills to work independently or as part of a team
  • demonstrate an understanding of the rules of a number of selected football codes

Year 12 Semester 1 – Recreational Activities and Team Sports

Some of the specific goals for this unit are for students to:

  • Explore recreational options available in our society
  • Examine the terms ‘leisure’ and ‘recreation’
  • Discuss aspects that influence leisure, recreation, play and sport in today’s society
  • Demonstrate, develop and improve physical skills in individual and team settings with initiative, fluency, Fluidity, control, accuracy, timing and precision
  • Develop knowledge, understanding and application skills through involvement in team sports games and drills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the rules of a number of selected team sports
  • Review tactical and positional skills

Year 12 Semester 2 – First Aid and Individual Sports

Some of the specific goals for this unit are for students to:

  • Develop knowledge, techniques and skills required to obtain a nationally recognised Provide First Aid (HLTAID003) qualification
  • Develop proficiency and confidence in selected first aid procedures
  • Demonstrate develop and improve nominated skills specific to individual sports with initiative, fluency, fluidity, control, accuracy, timing and precision
  • Identify, examine and apply tactics in a variety of individual sports
  • Utilise effective personal and interpersonal skills to work independently
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the rules of a number of selected individual sports

Outdoor and Environmental Education (A)

Outdoor & Environmental Studies provides students with skills and knowledge to understand the role of the environment in mental health and physical wellbeing. It provides skills allowing students to safely and respectfully participate in physical activity in diverse outdoor environments. It allows students to understand the concept of discriminating between risk and challenge and to develop social and leadership skills. Students develop insights into environmental sustainability, particularly in local contexts. This course prepares students for lifelong physical and recreational activity as well as employment pathways.

Students develop skills to improve their own and others’ health, well-being and physical activity opportunities. Students develop analytical and critical thinking skills and learn to question and challenge assumptions about the environment and physical activity in the outdoors. They develop skills to communicate effectively and present logical and coherent arguments. Such knowledge has the potential for students to enhance their own and others’ health and well-being in varied and changing contexts.

The study of Outdoor and Environmental Education provides pathways to further study in both tertiary and vocational areas as well as providing foundations for life-long enjoyment of the outdoors and respect for the environment.

Students may complete the following units:

Discover Outdoor Environments:

Students explore the environment and its features through participating in outdoor activities in the natural environment. Students learn about the role of the environment in promoting mental health and physical well-being. They work with others to respectfully and safely participate in activities in diverse outdoor environments, building knowledge, skills, self-efficacy and appreciation of natural places.

Planning and Management:

Students are involved in planning for participation in an expedition or an activity. Students learn to plan all aspects required for participation in an expedition or one or more activities. Students will also evaluate the risks involved in the activities and learn to develop risk management and emergency response plans (such as completing a first aid course) appropriate to the activity

Responsibility of Self and Others:

Students explore the relationships between people and the environment, teamwork, leadership and individual learning characteristics. These are explored through a variety of outdoor activities, and the choice of appropriate methods applied to individual activities.

Sustainable Outdoor Recreation:

Students learn about the sustainable use of wilderness environments and the importance of healthy outdoor environments. Students develop their philosophy on adventure, connection to wilderness environments and the use of technology in outdoor recreation and various outdoor settings.

Negotiated Study:

A negotiated study unit has an important place in senior secondary courses.  It is a valuable pedagogical approach that empowers students to make decisions about their own learning. A negotiated study unit is decided upon by a class, group(s) or individual student in consultation with the teacher and with the Principal’s approval. The program of learning for a negotiated study unit must meet all the content descriptions as appears in the unit.