Course Outline

EDU743 Teaching Junior Secondary HPE

Course Coordinator:Joseph Scott ( School:School of Education and Tertiary Access

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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What is this course about?


This course builds capacity to navigate, interpret and implement the Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education for junior secondary students (Years 7 - 10). The course will enhance your knowledge and skills in utilising evidence-based pedagogy and curriculum models to inform the design of safe, inclusive and effective sequences of learning which include assessment. You will build skills in planning and teaching both health and physical education lessons in and reflect on your developing teaching practice.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – You are required to engage and interact with asynchronous materials and activities accessed through Canvas modules, course readings and required texts. 2hrs Week 1 9 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – The workshop for this course is synchronous and involves on-campus engagement and application of learning materials. This course will also involve some participation in physical activities to explore the implementation of the Australian Curriculum for HPE. 2hrs Week 1 10 times

Course Topics

Topics in this course include:

  • Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education (HPE)
  • Pedagogical models for teaching HPE in junior secondary years
  • Unit and lesson planning in junior secondary HPE
  • Safety, management protocols and inclusion in junior secondary HPE

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
1 Utilise knowledge of the three-dimensional Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education and utilise evidenced based pedagogy and curriculum models to inform planning, sequencing and assessment of learning and promote health, well-being and physical activity in junior secondary years (7-10). Knowledgeable
1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4
2 Research and interrogate the Health and Physical Education literature to inform the planning and teaching of lessons and reflect on your teaching development. Creative and critical thinker
2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6
3 Demonstrate ethical conduct and practice in the design of safe and inclusive learning environments for junior secondary students. Creative and critical thinker
1, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 3, 4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5

* Competencies by Professional Body

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
1 PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE: Know students and how they learn
1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students and how these may affect learning.
1.2 Understand how students learn: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research into how students learn and the implications for teaching.
1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds: Demonstrate knowledge of teaching strategies that are responsive to the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.
1.4 Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students: Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of the impact of culture, cultural identity and linguistic background on the education of students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.
1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of strategies for differentiating teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.
1.6 Strategies to support full participation of students with disability: Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of legislative requirements and teaching strategies that support participation and learning of students with disability.
2 PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE: Know the content and how to teach it
2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
2.2 Content selection and organisation: Organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequence.
2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting: Use curriculum, assessment and reporting knowledge to design learning sequences and lesson plans.
2.4 Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians: Demonstrate broad knowledge of, understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages.
2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies: Know and understand literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application in teaching areas.
3 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
3.1 Establish challenging learning goals: Set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for students of varying abilities and characteristics.
3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs: Plan lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies.
3.3 Use teaching strategies: Include a range of teaching strategies.
3.4 Select and use resources: Demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICT, that engage students in their learning.
3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs: Demonstrate broad knowledge of strategies that can be used to evaluate teaching programs to improve student learning.
4 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
4.1 Support student participation: Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities.
4.2 Manage classroom activities: Demonstrate the capacity to organise classroom activities and provide clear directions
4.3 Manage challenging behaviour: Demonstrate knowledge of practical approaches to manage challenging behaviour.
4.4 Maintain student safety: Describe strategies that support students’ wellbeing and safety working within school and/or system, curriculum and legislative requirements.
4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically: Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant issues and the strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.
5.1 Assess student learning: Demonstrate understanding of assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess student learning.
5.3 Make consistent and comparable judgements: Demonstrate understanding of assessment moderation and its application to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning.
5.4 Interpret student data: Demonstrate the capacity to interpret student assessment data to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice.

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program ED706 and an HPE Teaching area


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Specialist knowledge of Health and Physical Education from previous undergraduate studies.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

During tutorials in weeks 1-3 you will be provided with formative feedback on your HPE planning which relate to tasks 2 and 3. You will also complete a quiz in week 4 (Task 1) where you will receive additional formative feedback. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 20%
Quiz (30minutes)
Week 4 Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Creative Performance, and Written Piece Group 40%
Max 5 pages excluding references and appendices (using lesson plan template)
Week 7 Online Submission
All 3 Written Piece Individual 40%
1250 words
Week 10 Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Quiz
To demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of HPE curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in relation to the junior phase of secondary schooling.
Product: Quiz/zes
This assessment will be an quiz accessed and completed through Canvas. The quiz will focus on weekly online module content and tutorial content covered in weeks 1-4 including course readings. Additional information on the quiz will be provided in the tutorials and on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstration of knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning strategies, concepts and processes in used in HPE.
Demonstration of knowledge and understanding of assessment strategies, concepts and processes in HPE.
Demonstration of knowledge of the Australian Curriculum for HPE, Inclusion in HPE and Health Education and Health promotion in secondary schools (approaches, frameworks and theories).
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 2:PE lesson planning and mini teach
The goal of this task is for you to develop your skills in creating and practically implementing inclusive junior secondary PE lessons.
Product: Creative Performance, and Written Piece
This component of the assessment will be completed in groups of three/four. Your group will be allocated one of the four games categories and a secondary year (i.e. 7-10) and are required to plan a 70minute a practical Physical Education (PE) lesson to be delivered in an outdoor environment for a class of 24 students. Your PE lesson plan must include: 
•	Learning goals and curriculum alignment
•	Ways you would cater for different learning needs
•	Learning activities, teaching strategies, PE protocols and safety considerations
•	How you would assess student learning formatively
•	Inclusion of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander histories/cultures/language and reference to the general capabilities
You are also required to plan an indoor (classroom) wet weather alternative lesson to teach the same content. This should provide the students with the same knowledge, understanding and skills as the outdoor practical lesson, activities should be modified to suit the classroom environment.
In your allocated tutorial, your group will teach an abbreviated version (max 10-15mins) of the practical lesson that your group designed to your peers. This experience will assist you in completion of Task 3 of this assessment. You will not be required to teach the wet-weather alternative lesson. You will be provided with a lesson plan template which will be provided on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application and demonstration of knowledge and understanding of Health and Physical Education curriculum, teaching and learning, applied in lesson planning
1 2 3
Utilisation of knowledge and understanding of planning, teaching and assessment in Health and Physical Education
Demonstration of ethical conduct and practice and creation of safe and inclusive learning experiences for junior secondary students.
1 3
All - Assessment Task 3:Critical reflection report
To analyse and reflect on lesson planning, experience and professional development.
Product: Written Piece
This assessment task will be completed individually. You will use the feedback your received from your peers and your own perceptions to reflect on your lesson planning and your teaching experience. Your written personal reflection should include:
•	Critique of how theory, research or pedagogical frameworks informed the design of your lessons. 
•	Evaluate success of strategies and PE protocols used in your teaching 
•	Discussion and justification of inclusive approaches and how ICT would be safely and ethically used in your teaching. 
•	Analyse and evaluate of how you have professionally grown as a result of this experience and what you would change in the future. 
•	Comparison with existing PE literature and recommendations (you can use course readings in your reflection).
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application of knowledge and understanding of Health and Physical Education curriculum
1 2
Critical analysis and reflection utilising relevant literature to evaluate curriculum models and recommended safe, inclusive and quality practices.
1 2 3
Justification and discussion of how theory, research or pedagogical frameworks informed the design of your lessons and will inform future practice.
1 2

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Judith Miller, Susan Wilson-Gahan, Robyne Garrett and John Haynes 2022 Health and Physical Education: Preparing Educators for the Future 4th Edition Cambridge University Press

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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