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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Applied Study in Dance 2
Module Code SS323
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Mika Manninen
Semester 2: Mika Manninen
Autumn: Mika Manninen
Module TeachersMika Manninen
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module aims to develop students' knowledge, skills, and understanding of Dance pedagogy drawing upon a variety of dance styles including other cultural and sub-cultural themes. It aims to generate an appreciation of Dance and Dance pedagogy through skill development and compositional creation which includes both acquisition of choreographic material but also the opportunity to experience the choreographic processes. It will use dance as a medium through which to explore movement, physical activity, performance, and cultural and social issues. It will draw upon theory such as Laban in order to shape and structure continuity and progression for dance lessons. It will also develop the skills required to compose as an individual and as part of a group and will develop pedagogic skills in preparation for teaching practice.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the Dance element of the Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle Physical Education Curriculum (JCPE & SCPE).
2. Explain, apply and evaluate dance composition and be able to identify basic choreographic processes and Laban s dance elements.
3. Plan and organise units of work appropriate for age and ability for post-primary students which apply differentiation, continuity and progression principles for students' holistic development.
4. Identify and apply appropriate and effective pedagogy i.e. teaching and instruction strategies.
5. Develop the following transferable skills: decision making, problem-solving, creative and critical thinking, communication skills, leadership including the ability to organise, manage and the ability to work as part of a group and as an individual.
6. Demonstrate development in musical, rhythmical, and dance skills.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36Practical and theoretical lectures
Directed learning24Bookings made for practice time for practical elements
Online activity4In preparation for Teaching practice and assessment
Tutorial2Assessment oriented tutorials
Independent Study59All time spent preparing for and completing assessment work. Furthermore, this time should be spent building a portfolio for Teaching practice etc
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

Dance 2
Teaching and learning will include both teacher and pupil centred approaches exposing students to all teaching and learning styles (i.e. command to problem solving etc) and orientations (i.e. Visual, auditory and kinaesthetic etc). Further module content will include: -Varied dance styles -Partner work principles - Rhythm -Stimuli -Use of music and lyrics -Use of movie clips and video games -Choreographic processes i.e. motif development etc and composition elements i.e. Laban's tool-box etc -Lesson structure -Pedagogy for lesson delivery i.e. differentiation and assessment etc.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PortfolioLearning portfolio30%n/a
PortfolioTeaching porffolio35%n/a
PresentationGroup presentation15%n/a
Completion of online activityOnline evaluations10%n/a
ParticipationParticipation and activity10%n/a
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

  • Adshead, J.: 1984, Dance: A Multi-cultural Perspective, Dance Research Unit by NRCD, Guilford,
  • Brinson, P.: 1991, Dance as Education, Falmer Press, Basingstoke,
  • Smith-Autard, J.: 2000, Dance Composition, A and C Black,
  • Kirby, M: 1984, Shernorne and Movement: A Descriptive Study, Bristol Polytechnic,
  • McFee, G.: 1992, Understanding Dance, Routledge, London,
  • McFee, G: 1994, The Concept of Dance Education, Routledge, London,
  • Ashley, L.: 2000, Essential Guide to dance, Hodder and Stoughton,
  • Harrison, K. and Auty, J.: 1991, Dance Ideas, Hodder and Stoughton,
  • Smith, F. and Pocknell, L.: 2007, A practical Guide to teaching dance, NDTA and AfPE,
Other Resources

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Date of Last Revision07-OCT-09

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