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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Applied Studies in Aquatics
Module Code SS223
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sarah Meegan
Semester 2: Sarah Meegan
Autumn: Sarah Meegan
Module TeachersSarah Meegan
Brendan O'Keeffe
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module introduces students to aquatic activities, through theory and practice, to prepare students to teach aquatics at junior and senior cycle physical education. Students will explore appropriate strategies for teaching and coaching, thus preparing students for teaching practice and familiarising them with the post-primary physical education curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the role of aquatics curriculum content, its' relevant activities, and how they contribute to post-primary physical education curricula
2. Analyse aquatic performance to allow for teaching of optimal technique based on individual ability
3. Demonstrate the pedagogical skills necessary for effective teaching and learning in aquatics
4. Demonstrate the following transferable skills: organisational skills, observational skills, leadership skills and communication skills
5. Devise appropraite lesson plans related to ability that allow for progression

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12Class based instruction
Laboratory24Practical class
Independent Study89Independent learning
Total Workload: 125

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

Aquatics in physical education
Importance of aquatics within a balanced physical education curriculum

Aquatic activities
Swimming strokes, personal survival, rescue skills, water polo, aqua-fitness

Planning and evaluation
Lesson plans, stroke analysis, peer teaching observation

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Practical/skills evaluationPractical teaching and lesson plans35%As required
PortfolioLog book35%As required
In Class TestIn class test30%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 2
Indicative Reading List

  • Austin, G: 1994, Swimming for Fitness, 2, A&C Black, London,
  • Counsilman, J.E. and Counsilman, B.E.: 1994, The New Science of Swimming, Prentice Hall,
  • Hannula, D.: 2001, The Swim Coaching Bible, Human Kinetics,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
PEBB.Sc Physical Education with Biology
PEMBSc in Physical Education with Maths.
Date of Last Revision24-JAN-12

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