VCE Physical Education

 

VCE PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNITS

Units 1 & 2 Physical Education

These units can be studied as either part of the year 10 acceleration programme, or as a year 11 student.

It is recommended that students complete units 1 & 2, prior to studying units 3 & 4;  however, if only one unit is to be chosen in year 10 or year 11, students are advised to study unit 1.

Please note that unit 1 will be offered in semester 2 and unit 2 will be offered in semester 1.

Unit 1:    The human body in motion

Areas of Study

  • How does the musculoskeletal system work to produce movement?
  • How does the cardiorespiratory system function at rest and during physical activity?
  • Detailed study: How do these systems work together to produce movement?

Outcomes
On completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  • Explain how the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function, and how the aerobic and anaerobic pathways interact with the systems to enable human movement
  • Collect and analyse information from, and participate in, a variety of practical activities to explain how the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems work together to produce movement.

 

Unit 2:   Physical activity, sport and society

Areas of Study

  • What are the relationships between physical activity, sport, health and society?
  • What are the contemporary issues associated with physical activity and sport?

Outcomes
On completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  • collect and analyse data related to individual and population levels of participation in physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • create, undertake and evaluate an activity plan that meets the physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines for an individual or a specific group.
  • apply a social-ecological framework to research, analyse and evaluate a contemporary issue associated with participation in physical activity and/or sport in a local, national or global setting.

 

Assessment for Units 1 & 2
Assessment tasks will be selected from:

  • practical laboratory report linking key knowledge and key skills to practical activity
  • case study analysis
  • data analysis
  • critically reflective folio/diary of participation in practical activities
  • visual presentation such as graphic organiser, concept/mind map, annotated poster, presentation file
  • multimedia presentation, including two or more data types (for example, text, still and moving images, sound) and involving some form of interaction
  • physical simulation or model
  • oral presentation such as podcast, debate
  • written report
  • test

Units 3 & 4 Physical Education

Unit 3: Movement skills and energy for physical activity

Areas of Study

  • How are movement skills improved?
  • How does the body produce energy?

Outcomes

On completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  • collect and analyse information from, and participate in, a variety of physical activities to develop and refine movement skills from a coaching perspective, through the application of biomechanical and skill acquisition principles
  • use data collected in practical activities to analyse how the major body and energy systems work together to enable movements to occur, and explain the factors causing fatigue and suitable recovery strategies

 

 

Unit 4:    Training to improve performance 

What are the foundations of an effective training program?Areas of Study

  • How is training implemented effectively to improve fitness?

Outcomes
On completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  • analyse data from an activity analysis and fitness tests to determine and assess the fitness components and energy system requirements of the activity
  • participate in a variety of training methods, and design and evaluate training programs to enhance specific fitness components

Assessment for Units 3 & 4
The end of year examination contributes 50 per cent to the final assessment.
School assessed coursework for Unit 3 will contribute 25 per cent and school assessed coursework for Unit 4 will contribute 25 per cent.
School assessment tasks will be selected from:

  • Practical laboratory report
  • Written report
  • Case study analysis
  • Data analysis
  • Media analysis
  • Critically reflective folio/diary of participation in practical activities
  • Visual presentation
  • Multimedia presentation
  • Test
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