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ESH403 - Senior Health and Human Development: Curriculum Study

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Offering information:

*Offered in Cloud (online) mode in alternate years: 2018, 2020 and offered in campus mode at Burwood (Melbourne) and Waurn Ponds (Geelong) every year

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in D340, D342, D343, D344, D345, D346, D347, D348, D349, D350, D384, D389, E365, E377 or E455

Unit chair:

Natalie Hendry





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 3 hour Seminar per week, seminars will not be held during placements

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


The study of Health and Human Development is based on the premise that health and human development needs to be promoted at an individual level, and within group and community settings at national and international levels, to maximise global development potential. This unit covers physical, social, intellectual and emotional aspects of health and development beginning with the individual and progressing to the family, community and an international perspective.

The unit promotes the understanding that health and human development is determined by lifestyle, environment, heredity and access to health services, and that nutrition plays a major role in influencing both health status and human development. Topics covered include: the place of health and human development education in the curriculum of the senior secondary school with particular focus on the VCE; approaches to teaching and learning of health and human development; exploration of contemporary resources texts and resources; application of technology for accessing; and interpreting health data and the nature of school based and external evaluation and assessment for VCE. 

This unit aims to prepare students for facilitating learning in Health and Human Development with a strong emphasis on the teaching of Health and Human Development at the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) level. It also aims to provide an understanding of senior Health curricula in other states and territories, the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the VCE as it relates to Health and Human Development. This includes understand how to adapt and modify resources across curricula.


Resource Exposé activity, 2000 words equivalent:  Students select a Unit of Study and research four different types of resources and demonstrate (via a 12 minute presentation and critical analysis) how these can be incorporated into teaching and learning of the selected “key knowledge” and “key skills”. A written summary is also submitted, 50%


Teaching Unit Group activity (2-4 people) 2000 words equivalent per group member: As a group students are to develop and document in detail, a unit of work that addresses selected “key knowledge” and “key skills” from the study design. The unit is to demonstrate sequential teaching of the content knowledge students need to acquire to gain an understanding of the selected key knowledge. Each group will discuss their unit of work via a digital audio recording, 50%

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