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Applied Methods: Individual Activities and Games

Course Code: SPSC 1322
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Using mastery and inquiry-based teaching practices, students will learn how to couple motivational teaching practices with physical competence development across a mixture of individual activities and games. Event sports (track and field), mat-related and water-based activities will be combined to provide a broad range of activities to apply transferable concepts of qualitative biomechanics and physical literacy development. This course satisfies the Individual Activities and Games Applied Methods BPEC graduation requirement.

Course Content

1. Inquiry based pedagogical content:
  1.1. Model overview
  1.2. Model components:
    1.2.1. Formulating questions
    1.2.2. Gathering and analyzing
    1.2.3. Evaluating and drawing conclusions
    1.2.4. Communicating and reflecting

2. Personalized system of instruction:
  2.1. Model overview
  2.2. Model components:
    2.2.1. Self-paced learning
    2.2.2. Mastery based learning
    2.2.3. Content presentation
    2.2.4. Proctors 
    2.2.5. Demonstration methods

3. Qualitative biomechanical analysis:
  3.1. Phases of general skill (movement):
    3.1.1. Preliminary/preparatory movements
    3.1.2. Recovery movements
    3.1.3. Force-producing movements
    3.1.4. Critical instant
    3.1.5. Follow-through

4. Concepts:
  4.1. Maximum velocity
  4.2. Linear motion
  4.3. Angular motion
  4.4. Summation of forces
  4.5. Action/reaction 
  4.6. Impulse
  4.7. Conservation of linear momentum
  4.8. Moment of inertia
  4.9. Conservation of angular momentum

5. Physical literacy and dynamic systems considerations in individual activities and games:
  5.1. Individual dimensions: affective, cognitive and psychomotor
  5.2. Task complexity and structure
  5.3. Environmental considerations

6. Culturally relevant activities based on individual sports and games:
  6.1. Historical
  6.2. Place-based

7. Activities will include the following broad categories:
  7.1. Mat/combative:
    7.1.1. Wrestling
    7.1.2. Judo

  7.2. Stadium events (track and field):
    7.2.1. Running events
    7.2.2. Jumping events
    7.2.3. Throwing events

  7.3. Water environment:
    7.3.1. Water safety
    7.3.2. Swimming events
    7.3.3. Water Polo

  7.4. Other individual activities and games:
     7.4.1. Skateboarding
     7.4.2. Scooters
     7.4.3. Circus
     7.4.4. Challenge – e.g. Hacky sack
     7.4.5. Cycling
     7.4.6. Bocci
     7.4.7. Parkour

Methods of Instruction

Practical Application
Peer Teaching
Group Work

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluations include the following:

Instructional resource manual                                                               20-30%
Peer teaching                                                                                      25-35%
Sport movement analysis project (Qualitative biomechanical approach)    25-35%
Physical literacy critical reflection journal                                               10-20%
Professionalism and practical components                                              10-20%

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate pedagogical content knowledge (teaching ability) using the six components of inquiry-based learning: the ability to formulate questions, to gather and organize, to interpret and analyze, to evaluate and draw conclusions, and to communicate and reflect.
  2. Demonstrate pedagogical content knowledge (teaching ability) using the major components of Personalized Systems of Instruction: self-paced learning, mastery-based learning, content presentation, proctors, demonstration methods.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to analyze movement patterns and contextualized skills to inform teaching/coaching progression. 
  4. Apply qualitative biomechanical principles to the analysis of movement. 
  5. Apply the principles of physical literacy via reflective analysis to personal involvement in a variety of individual sports and games.

course prerequisites






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.

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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.


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