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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Adapted Physical Activity
Module Code SS112
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sarah Meegan
Semester 2: Sarah Meegan
Autumn: Sarah Meegan
Module TeachersSarah Meegan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module introduces students to the area of adapted physical activity. The module will focus on students perception of disability and the models associated with the disability movement. Students will examine legislation and policies, their impact on physical activity participation, as well as the history of sports participation for people with disabilities. Students will participate in practical experience coaching people with disabilities.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critique societal perceptions of disability
2. Describe the different models of disability and how they impact on physical activity participation
3. Examine existing legislation and policies in Ireland and how they affect the lives of people with disabilities, with specific reference to physical activity/sport participation
4. Recognise the importance of adaptation variables when delivering physical activity programmes for people with disabilities
5. Describe the history of the disability sport movement
6. Demonstrate the following transferable skills: oral and written communication skills; intellectual skills of analysis, synthesis and problem solving; independent learning and group work skills.
7. Develop knowledge on and gain experience coaching people with disabilities

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24In class instruction
Clinical placement12Coaching people with disabilities
Total Workload: 36

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Perceptions of disability
Critiquing societal perceptions of disability

Disability models
Impact of adopting specific models of disability on individuals participation in sport and physical activity

Legislation and policy
Legislation and policy in Ireland affecting the lives of people with disabilities

Adaptation variables
Variables for adaptation to accomodate individual need and ability in physical activity participation

Disability sport
History of disability sport and adapted physical activity

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group presentationGroup presentation40%Week 28
In Class TestIn Class test50%Week 29
Practical/skills evaluationPractical coaching people with disabilities10%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Sherrill, C: 2003, Adapted Physical Activity, Recreation, and Sport. Crossdisciplinary and Lifespan, 6, McGraw Hill, New York,
  • DePauw, K.P. and Gavron, S.J.: 2005, Disability Sport, 2, Human Kinetics, United States,
  • National Disability Authority: 2005, Promoting the participation of people with disabilities in physical activity and sport in Ireland, Disability Research Series (3), National Disability Authority, Dublin,
  • Lieberman, L.J. and Houston-Wilson, C.: 2012, Strategies for Inclusion, physical education for everyone., 3rd, Human Kinetics, Champaign Il,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
SSHBSc Sport Science and Health
Date of Last Revision23-FEB-12

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