Unit description

Explores the continuum of learning from teacher-directed to self-directed approaches, in relation to teaching aquatics and athletics. Students will also be required to think critically about the value and limitations of both of these approaches to learning. In addition, students will engage theoretically and practically with methodology for teaching aquatics and athletics in the school setting.

Unit content

Module 1

  • Introduction to teaching in aquatics and athletics
  • Introduction to teacher-directed and self-directed learning

Module 2: Athletics

  • Investigation of the STAR (Secondary Teachers Athletics Resource) Award program designed to teach everything required to know about grading, teaching and scoring the events involved in athletics, and how to set up and stage a school athletics carnival
  • Modules covered: 100m/200 m, 400 m, 800 m, 1500 m, hurdles, relays, high jump, long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus, javelin, injury prevention
  • Each specific event is covered in detail with instructions
  • Completion of the STAR Award program as an example of teacher-directed delivery of athletics
  • Modelling and critical discussion of teacher-directed methods of delivery

Module 3: Aquatics

  • Bronze Medallion or equivalent 
  • Stroke correction 
  • Water Polo

The aquatic module will provide students with the resources and skills to develop and teach an effective aquatics program within a secondary school physical education program. The module will also develop student’s critical thinking, problem solving and evaluation skills, the ability to become a self-directed learner who learns through performance and Improved fitness and skill level through physical activity.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Practical session 3 hours (3 weeks)
Lecture on-site 1 hour (7 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (7 weeks)
Aquatics Lesson Plan and Micro Teach25%
Athletics Rationale & Lesson Plans50%
Stroke Correction – Freestyle Analysis20%
Bronze Medallion or an alternate assessment task is available for students who have a medical reason for not completing the Bronze Medallion and will be based on approval from the UA.5%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


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