Performances Studies 1: Gymnastics and Dance
Area of Study
Dance, Health and Exercise Science, Health Science, Sport and Leisure Sciences, Sports Management
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionThis subject provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the relationships between human motor development and performance in physical activity. Competence in a range of dance (including jazz, contemporary and warm-up routines) and gymnastics (including warm-ups, cool-downs, floor routines, apparatus and complete lessons) activities is required.Subject objectivesUpon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:A. Demonstrate competence in leading, following and executing dance steps in jazz, lyrical contemporary and jazz funk hip hopB. Create blocks of choreography in each of these dance stylesC. Develop an understanding for stagecraft and composition techniques for small and large groups of dancersD. Interpret music and integrate movement sequences including warm-up and cool-down routineE. Demonstrate competence in the performance of a variety of gymnastics skillsF. Apply relevant foundation knowledge from exercise science to the development of gymnastic activities and the creation of movement sequencesG. Design, develop and perform a movement sequence using both floor and apparatusH. Demonstrate communication, leadership and class management in a group learning environmentThis subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:Lead, manage and inspire within the fields of sport, exercise and health; (1.0)Take personal, social and ethical responsibility for their contribution to sport, exercise and health; (2.0)Competently apply knowledge and skills within the sport, exercise and health professions; (3.0)Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with diverse populations to enable positive change; (6.0)Contribution to the development of graduate attributesThis subject provides students with conceptual knowledge and skills related to understanding the relationships between performance in physical activity and the anatomical bases of human movement. It will serve to extend the physical literacy of students by increasing the physical functioning capacity of the individual. All Performance Studies subjects are compulsory for students who wish to be accredited as PDHPE teachers by the NSW Institute of Teachers.Teaching and learning strategiesTeaching and learning strategies include tutorials, demonstrations and practical performance. Content for this subject is supported by UTSOnline.The gymnastics component comprises a two-hour lecture/practical session per week. It is also expected that in order to achieve a pass grade in this subject, at least an extra two hours of study per week is required to be done in the student's own time.ContentIntroduction to dance and historical perspectivesDance in human movementTypes of dance and anatomical limitations to dance performanceSocial dance skills: ear-foot coordination drills, correct body positioning, footwork, timing, dance styling, transitions, combining dance steps, verbal and non-verbal communication, strategies for learning and creating dance steps and sequencesIntroduction to gymnastics ? the scope of gymnastics, safety, legal responsibilities, readiness for participation in gymnastics, judging gymnastics performance, anatomical and physiological limitations to performance in gymnasticsDevelopment of basic gymnastics skills ? physical preparation for gymnastics, developmental movement patterns (landings, springs, statics, rotation, swing, locomotion), gymnastics apparatus (MAG, WAG), spotting procedures, rhythmic gymnasticsAssessmentAssessment task 1: Module A: Dance - Warm-up written componentObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):B, C and DThis assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):2.0 and 3.0Weight: 20%Assessment task 2: Module A: Dance - Warm-up / Choreography performance, class participationObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):A, B, C and DThis assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and 6.0Weight: 30%Assessment task 3: Module B: Gymnastics - Mid-semester Skills TestObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):E, F and GThis assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):3.0Weight: 15%Assessment task 4: Module B: Gymnastics - Presentation circuitObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):E, F, G and HThis assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and 6.0Weight: 15%Assessment task 5: Module B: Gymnastics - Practical examObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):E, F and GThis assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):3.0Weight: 20%
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
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