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SSEH1103 Physical Fitness and Health

6 points
(see Timetable)
(see Summer Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline Restricted
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Summer teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Exercise and Health; Sport Science; Sport Science, Exercise and Health major sequences
  • Level 1 elective
Physical inactivity has been recognised as a global public health problem. This unit discusses the importance of physical activity on personal health and wellbeing in modern societies. The unit also examines how each component of physical fitness can be developed in a safe and effective manner. Students are also introduced to various exercise modalities and training methods used to develop physical fitness in a safe and effective manner. Students have the opportunity to ‘put theories into practice' through two practical classes each week. The exercise modalities explored at these practical classes are resistance training and running.
Students are able to (1) discuss the necessity of a physically active lifestyle for health and wellbeing, including the implication of a sedentary lifestyle on health; (2) demonstrate a basic understanding of the musculoskeletal and the cardiovascular systems, and how these systems respond to exercise; (3) develop conditioning programs for sedentary individuals and groups; and (4) prescribe conditioning programs for sedentary individuals and groups.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) progress assurance tests (PAT); (2) practical workbook or worksheets; and (3) written theory examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nat Benjanuvatra (Semesters 1 and 2) and Associate Professor Peter Peeling (Summer school)
Unit rules
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; practical one: 1 hour per week; practical two: 1.5 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.