Courses & Units

Physical Activity and Health CXA210


This unit introduces students to the importance of physical activity for good health across the lifespan. Students will learn about the far-reaching effect of various types of physical activity on personal health, and the connection between inactivity and diseases and conditions such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, and cardiovascular disease. Ways to incorporate and optimise regular physical activity into the lifestyle of individuals, communities and populations will be explored in depth. The unit will draw on aspects of physiology, health promotion, behaviour change, and information technology.


Unit name Physical Activity and Health
Unit code CXA210
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Kate Edwards
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe causal mechanisms for the effects of physical activity and inactivity on health and disease conditions.
  • Examine personal, social, environmental and political determinants that contribute to active and inactive lifestyles.
  • Review and suggest strategies to promote and provide physical activity for a variety of people in a variety of settings (e.g. communities, schools and workplaces).
  • Research published literature in physical activity and health for different topics.
  • Communicate in writing using language and terminologies specific to physical activity and health topics.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.





Teaching Pattern

Tutorial – 2 hours (weekly)

Individual study – 8 hours (weekly)

AssessmentMid-Semester Test (20%)|Examination (40%)|Workbook (40%)
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You will need the following text which is provided free as an ebook via the following link
(student ID and password required):
• Ainsworth, B.E., Macera, C.A. Physical Activity and Public Health Practice. 2012. CRC
Press: Taylor & Francis Group.


• Bouchard, C., Blair, S., Haskell, W.L. Physical Activity and Health. 2012. Human Kinetics.
• Brown, D.R., Heath, G.W., Martin, S.L. Promoting Physical Activity: A Guide for Community Action, 2nd Edition. 2009. Human Kinetics.
• Bauman, A., Bellow, B., Vita, P., Brown, W., Owen, N. Getting Australia Active I: towards better practice for the promotion of physical activity. National Public Health Partnership. Melbourne, Australia, March 2002 ISBN: 0-9580326-2-9 http://www.fulltext/ Bull,. F.C., Bauman, A.E., Bellow,
• B., Brown, W. (eds) Getting Australia Active II: An update on physical activity. Melbourne, Australia. National Public Health Partnership (NPHP) 2005. (ISBN: 0- 9750074-1-6) (Revised and updated second edition)

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