Physical Education Studies (Units 3 & 4) - ATAR

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Course Code:
University Pathway
Grade C or better in Physical Education Studies (Units 1 & 2) - ATAR
Course Description:
This course aims to provide opportunity for students to build upon their acquired physical skills. It also provides an opportunity to extend their understanding of biomechanical, psychological and physiological concepts to improve and evaluate their own and others performance.
On completion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Analyse proficiency of movement skills in a selected sport
  • Adjust and refine movement skills in modified competitive situations, define transfer of learning and understand its effects
  • Evaluate the different types of transfer and their impact on skill execution and movement efficiency
  • Analyse movement skills of self and others and design coaching/ teaching programs to improve performance
  • Define and relate the following biomechanical principles: momentum, impulse momentum, coefficient restitution, levers, moment of inertia and angular momentum
  • Understand and describe the microstructure of skeletal muscles and how they contract
  • Understand the relationship between muscle contraction and the amount of force exerted
  • Investigate the relationship between nutritional requirements and energy demands during physical activity
  • Understand the implications of preparing and performing in different environmental conditions
  • Explain the physiological impact of performance enhancers
  • Understand the influence that age, gender, skill level and type of activity has on mental skills
  • Adapt and implement strategic responses varying in complexity to situational demands in modified competitive practical situations, analyse and reflect on self and others performance
  • Explain and apply fluid mechanics such as spin, Bernoulli’s Principle and drag in specific physical activities
  • Apply biomechanical principles to analyse and evaluate specific skills
  • Understand the role of the neuromuscular systems in relation to muscle function
  • Identify fast and slow twitch fibres and their relationship to physical performance types
  • Critically evaluate training programs designed to improve performance
  • Analyse mental skills strategies used pre, during and post performance to manage stress, motivation, concentration, arousal levels and self-confidence
  • Sports undertaken in depth will be selected from a range of individual, paired and team sports including tennis, netball, volleyball, golf, hockey, soccer and badminton.
Course Assessment:
Practical & Investigation - 30%
Assignments & class work - 70%
Tests & Examinations - Yes

Note – A detailed assessment statement will be provided to students at the commencement of the course.
Additional Information:
This course will be useful for any student wishing to gain an ATAR score to enter university and could help with professions such as sports science, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, medicine, sports management to name just a few.