EHR225 Growth, Motor Development and Ageing (8)

The subject focuses on the basic developmental principles, theoretical approaches and issues related to the study of human growth, development and ageing in the context of the effect of health and physical performance across the life span. Factors influencing growth and disturbances to growth will be explored.

Fundamentals of motor development and skills will be examined during infancy and childhood. The subject introduces the concept of ageing, including structural changes to the various systems and the model of constraints influencing movement and physical activity across the lifespan.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR225. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Sport Management)

Bachelor of Education (Health & Physical Education)

Diploma of Exercise Studies

or as approved by the Course Director

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the physical patterns of the various body stages of growth, development and ageing;
  • be able to explain the various modifiers that may affect growth;
  • be able to identify various disturbances to growth and understand specific orders;
  • be able to match movement patterns to an individual's physical and neurological development stage;
  • be able to describe the factors affecting changes in the context of the effect of health and physical performance across the lifespan.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Developmental patterns from conception to early childhood;
  • Disturbances to growth, teratogens and development;
  • Exercise and pregnancy;
  • Childhood: physical and motor development;
  • Fundamental motor skill development;
  • Trainability of children;
  • Adolescence, maturation and gender;
  • Sporting injuries and the growing athlete;
  • Obesity and insulin resistance in children and adolescents;
  • Structural constraints to exercise associated with ageing;
  • Exercise and the elderly.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EHR225 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Mid-session exam
Research assessment
Final examination

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.