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SPEX205 Physical Activity and Health

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Exploring the health benefits of physical activity, design of physical activity initiatives in schools, workplace and communities, exercise recommendations for healthy individuals and the role of exercise in disease prevention.

This paper provides an introduction to the field of physical activity and health. The paper explores the health benefits of physical activity and individual, social, environmental and policy influences on physical activity. The paper will also explore physical activity promotion in community, school and workplace settings, physical activity recommendations for healthy individuals across lifespan and the role of physical activity in disease prevention.

Paper title Physical Activity and Health
Paper code SPEX205
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,061.45

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SPEX 102 or PHSE 102 or HUBS 192 or PHSL 101 or PUBH 191 or POPH 192
PHSE 315, PHSE 515
Schedule C

Suitable for students interested in physical activity, public health, health promotion, exercise science, exercise prescription, exercise physiology and clinical exercise physiology.


Associate Professor Sandra Mandic (

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Associate Professor Sandra Mandic

Paper Structure

The paper covers four modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to physical activity and health
  • Module 2: Ecological approach to physical activity
  • Module 3: Exercise recommendations for healthy individuals
  • Module 4: Role of exercise in chronic disease prevention and management
Teaching Arrangements

The content will be delivered through a combination of classroom sessions, in-class activities, laboratories, seminars and case studies.


No required textbook. A reading list will be provided, which details the book chapters or research articles that complement each lecture. These readings will be available online or through course reserve in the library.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this paper you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of physical activity epidemiology, benefits and risks, current guidelines and assessment.
  • Demonstrate understanding of individual, social, environmental and policy influences on physical activity.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in designing physical activity interventions in the community, schools and workplace settings.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in designing comprehensive exercise programmes for healthy individuals.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the role of exercise in chronic disease prevention and management.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 12:00-13:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-22
Friday 12:00-12:50 9-12, 14, 17-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 10, 19, 21
A2 Wednesday 11:00-12:50 10, 19, 21
A3 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 10, 19, 21
A4 Thursday 10:00-11:50 10, 19, 21
A5 Friday 09:00-10:50 10, 19, 21