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Planning, Assessing, and Evaluating Physical Education

Course Code: SPSC 5494
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar, Practicum
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will introduce and analyze a selection of modern and traditional methods of planning, assessing, and evaluating elementary physical education. Better teaching through efficient, effective, and supportive practices is the aim of this course.

Course Content

  1. Annual planning
    • school-based scheduling
    • ministry requirements
    • sequencing
    • seasonal considerations
    • planning formats
    • planning resources
  2. Functional unit planning
    • selecting appropriate learning outcomes
    • assessing resource needs and availability
    • safety considerations
    • selecting activities
    • functional assessment technique selection
    • integrating evaluation and reporting elements
  3. Unit planning considerations
    • personal and social responsibility
    • developmentally appropriate activities
    • inclusion of students with disabilities
    • gender issues
  4. Assessment types
    • formative and summative
    • authentic assessment
    • teacher/peer/self assessment
  5. Managing assessment
    • Assessment techniques and tools
      • feedback loop – “positive specific feedback”
      • skill and fitness testing
      • observation – direct and video
      • worksheets
      • rubrics
      • checklists
      • technology assisted assessment
    • Assessment domains
      • affective
        • measuring attitudes – pros and cons
        • personal and social responsibility
      • physical – motor skill and fitness domains
      • cognitive
        • tactical and strategic thinking
        • problem solving ability
        • understanding of rules and regulations
        • critical thinking
  6. Evaluation and reporting
    • using developmentally appropriate standards (individualized)
    • national and provincial standards (standardized age/grade level)
    • class specific standards – creating, teaching and reporting
    • reporting issues
  7. Practical component of the course
    Participation in group activities is required to demonstrate application of:
    • authentic inclusion
    • authentic assessment
    • integration of personal and social responsibility
    • the feedback loop

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Discussion groups
  • Practical application
  • Field observation and/or video observation

Means of Assessment

The selection of evaluation tools for this course is based on:

  1. Adherence to college evaluation policy regarding number and weighing of evaluations, for example a course of three credits or more should have at least three separate evaluations.
  2. A developmental approach to evaluation that is sequenced and progressive.
  3. Evaluation is used as a teaching tool for both students and instructors.
  4. Commitment to student participation in evaluation through such processes as self and peer evaluation, and program/instructor evaluation.

The following is presented as an example assessment format for this course:

Annual plan 25%
Unit plan 25%
Practical assignment 25%
Thought questions 25%

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. develop an annual physical education plan,
  2. develop a comprehensive unit plan including:
    • learning outcomes
    • equipment needs
    • safety considerations
    • planned activities
    • assessment techniques
    • evaluation criteria
    • reporting considerations
  3. critically compare assessment and evaluation techniques to select the best alternative,
  4. determine appropriate evaluation criteria for selected activities,
  5. demonstrate cohesive integration of planning, assessing, evaluating and reporting,
  6. demonstrate inclusive and developmentally appropriate planning, assessment, and evaluation practices.

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.


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