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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

Explores the continuum of learning from teacher-directed to self-directed approaches, in relation to teaching aquatics and athletics. Students will also be required to think critically about the value and limitations of both of these approaches to learning. In addition, students will engage theoretically and practically with methodology for teaching aquatics and athletics in the school setting.

Unit content

Module 1

  • Introduction to teaching in aquatics and athletics
  • Introduction to teacher-directed and self-directed learning

Module 2: Athletics

  • Investigation of the STAR (Secondary Teachers Athletics Resource) Award program designed to teach everything required to know about grading, teaching and scoring the events involved in athletics, and how to set up and stage a school athletics carnival
  • Modules covered: 100m/200 m, 400 m, 800 m, 1500 m, hurdles, relays, high jump, long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus, javelin, injury prevention
  • Each specific event is covered in detail with instructions
  • Completion of the STAR Award program as an example of teacher-directed delivery of athletics
  • Modelling and critical discussion of teacher-directed methods of delivery

Module 3: Aquatics

  • Bronze Medallion or equivalent 
  • Stroke correction 
  • Water Polo

The aquatic module will provide students with the resources and skills to develop and teach an effective aquatics program within a secondary school physical education program. The module will also develop student’s critical thinking, problem solving and evaluation skills, the ability to become a self-directed learner who learns through performance and Improved fitness and skill level through physical activity.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 identify and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills relating to the development of lesson plans for teaching aquatics and athletics with appropriate curriculum links Knowledge of a discipline
2 apply effective methodology to deliver instruction for aquatics and athletics in the school context Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 critically analyse teacher-directed and self-directed learning approaches and reflect on their value in the teaching context Knowledge of a discipline
4 apply the principles of teacher-directed and self-directed learning approaches to various physical education contexts Knowledge of a discipline
5 demonstrate well-developed written and oral communication skills, as appropriate to the needs and expectations of the profession. Intellectual rigour

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills relating to the development of lesson plans for teaching aquatics and athletics with appropriate curriculum links
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. apply effective methodology to deliver instruction for aquatics and athletics in the school context
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. critically analyse teacher-directed and self-directed learning approaches and reflect on their value in the teaching context
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. apply the principles of teacher-directed and self-directed learning approaches to various physical education contexts
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. demonstrate well-developed written and oral communication skills, as appropriate to the needs and expectations of the profession.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.