SSEH1103 Physical Fitness and Health

6 points
(see Timetable)
(see Summer Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Summer teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Exercise and Health; Sport Science; Sport Science, Exercise and Health major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
This unit discusses the importance of physical activity on the health and wellbeing of individuals, and 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.
While theoretical contents are addressed during the lecture series, students have the opportunity to put 'theory into practice' through an active lecture and a laboratory class each week. The modalities used 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; 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)
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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.