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PHED 1042

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Credit Hours   1   
Course Title   Modern Dance   
Prerequisite(s)   NONE   
Corequisite(s)   NONE   
Catalog Description   
This course is designed to enable the student to experience modern dance as an art form.  This will be done through class participation and discussions on various elements of modern dance.  The student will learn basic technique, elementary choreographic fundamentals, and an appreciation of dance.

The Dancer Prepares by James Penrod and Janice Gudde Plastino, Mayfield Publishing, (newest edition).

Expected Educational Results   
After completing this course, students will be able to:

1. Define modern dance as an art form
2. Demonstrate basic modern dance technique
3. Measure individual improvements in muscle fitness and flexibility
4. Explain the fundamentals of choreography
5. Identify an awareness and appreciation of human movement
6. Trace the development of movement and dance

6. Trace the development of movement and dance

General Education Outcomes   
I. This course addresses General Education Outcome number nine “to apply the basic concepts of health and wellness and utilize activities to promote health and fitness”.
Course Content   
1. Basic modern dance technique
2. Proper body placement and alignment for dance
3. Modern dance history
4. Elementary fundamentals of choreography
5. Dance evaluation

Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
The course grade will be determined by written exams, sport and/or fitness-related skills test and pre and post cardiorespiratory test scores.  When appropriate, opportunities for extra credit will be offered to students, the value of which to be determined by the instructor.
1. At least one written exam is required.  The written exam will be valued at no less than 20% and no more than 50% of the total grade.
2. Competencies must be demonstrated by students in sport or fitness-related activities specific to the class.  Sport or fitness-related skills tests will be valued at no less than 35% and no more than 65% of the total grade.
A common written final exam will be administered every five years. The test items will be directed to the expected educational results of the course. Additionally, common sport or fitness-related skill tests will be administered specific to the course. An item analysis will be completed on these test items administered.

A departmental committee will review the item analysis to determine 1) if the test questions were appropriate for assessing the desired educational outcomes, 2) if the level of student success was achieved, 3) if a revision of course instruction to enhance student achievement is needed, and 4) a specific time line for implementation of recommended changes.

Last Revised: Aug. 10, 2011
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