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Performance Analysis: Athletics and Swimming

Course Code: SPSC 1313
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

In this course, the sports of track and field and swimming will be analyzed from theoretical and practical points of view. The essential nature of each sport will be studied, along with critical performance factors. Topics include the analysis of each sport, the study of the respective techniques, strategies of the two sports, and pedagogical principles. [Note: For safety reasons, students must be able to swim 25m freestyle with confidence to be eligible for this course.]

Course Content

  1. Principles of Physics and Kinesiology in Athletics and Swimming
    The student will:
    • Explain in kinesiological terms how to achieve human efficiency, speed, and power in two distinct environmental contexts
    • Understand some biomechanical principles related to proper technique and body segments utilization
  2. Athletic Skills
    The student will:
    • Demonstrate understanding of sprint and sprint starts technique
    • Demonstrate understanding of sprint relays exchange technique
    • Demonstrate understanding of hurdle run technique
    • Demonstrate understanding of distance run technique
    • Demonstrate understanding of high jump technique
    • Demonstrate understanding of long jump technique
    • Demonstrate understanding of triple jump technique
    • Demonstrate understanding of shot put technique
    • Demonstrate understanding of discus throw technique
    • Demonstrate understanding of javelin throw technique
  3. Swimming Skills
    The student will:
    • Demonstrate understanding of front crawl stroke technique
    • Demonstrate understanding of front crawl stroke turn technique
    • Demonstrate understanding of backstroke technique
    • Demonstrate understanding of backstroke turn technique
    • Demonstrate understanding of butterfly technique
    • Demonstrate understanding of butterfly and breaststroke turns technique
    • Demonstrate understanding breaststroke technique
    • Demonstrate understanding of surface dives
    • Demonstrate understanding of sculling technique
    • Demonstrate understanding of streamlining
  4. Techniques and Movements
    The student will:
    • Describe the purpose of individual skills
    • Describe the appropriate sequencing of skill acquisition and of the body segments
    • Describe and identify appropriate activities for individual skill learning progressions
    • Develop high level of the coordination and quality of movements
  5. Warm-up and Conditioning
    The student will:
    • Demonstrate a theoretical and practical knowledge of conditioning programs for athletics and swimming with particular emphasis on:
      • Warm-up techniques
      • Cardiovascular fitness
      • Endurance
      • Flexibility
      • Agility
      • Speed
      • Cool down techniques
  6. Analysis of Fundamental Skills and Strategies
    The student will:
    • Demonstrate a theoretical knowledge of how to analyze basic performance skills of athletics, and swimming, including skills progressions, feedback and maximizing activities
    • Demonstrate a theoretical knowledge of how to analyze basic strategies used in athletics and swimming
    • Describe the physical, technical, and mental dimensions of athletics and swimming
  7. Pedagogical Principles
    The student will:
    • Demonstrate a knowledge of the conceptual approach to instruction
    • Demonstrate a knowledge of discovery/problem solving methodologies
    • Demonstrate a knowledge of appropriate skill progressions
    • Demonstrate a knowledge of tactical progressions
    • Demonstrate a knowledge of the design of drills

Methods of Instruction

  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion groups and group projects
  3. Practical applications and experiences
  4. Field observation
  5. Technology assisted learning

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will adhere to Douglas College policy regarding number and weighting of assessments. The following is a sample evaluation for this course:

Attendance/Preparation/Quizzes 20%
Teaching Experience – Group Setting 20%
Written Project 20%
Teaching Evaluation 20%
Final Exam 20%
TOTAL 100%

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and kinesiology that apply to track and field and 
swimming
2. Demonstrate a practical knowledge of athletic skills
3. Demonstrate a practical knowledge of swimming skills
4. Demonstrate an effective understanding of techniques and movements in athletics and swimming
5. Demonstrate a theoretical and practical knowledge of warm-up and conditioning program of athletics and 
swimming
6. Demonstrate a theoretical and practical knowledge of the ability to analyze the fundamental skills, 
techniques, and strategies of athletics and swimming
7. Demonstrate appropriate pedagogical principles for effective instruction

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and kinesiology that apply to track and field and swimming
  2. Demonstrate a practical knowledge of athletic skills
  3. Demonstrate a practical knowledge of swimming skills
  4. Demonstrate an effective understanding of techniques and movements in athletics and swimming
  5. Demonstrate a theoretical and practical knowledge of warm-up and conditioning program of athletics and swimming
  6. Demonstrate a theoretical and practical knowledge of the ability to analyze the fundamental skills, techniques, and strategies of athletics and swimming
  7. Demonstrate appropriate pedagogical principles for effective instruction

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.

assessments

If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.