General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Marc Terradellas Fernández

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Esther Wall Gimeno
Laura García Villa 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish


Basic skills
  • Have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, or ethical issues

  • B10 Develop the learning skills needed to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy

Specific skills
  • E1 Carry out the teaching-learning processes related to the physical activity of sport, paying attention to the individual, collective and contextual characteristics of people

  • E5 Schedule the motor skills training process at its different levels and practice environments

  • E7 Identify the risks to health, the practice of inappropriate physical activities and sports and propose alternatives

  • E11 Select sports equipment and equipment, suitable for each type of activity and population and in safe conditions

General competencies
  • G9 Understand the basics of fitness for physical activity and sport

  • G10 Understand the basics of games and sports

Transversal competences
  • T5 Develop leadership skills, interpersonal relationships and teamwork

  • T6 Generate resources for adapting to new situations and solving problems, and for autonomous learning and creativity

  • T7 Incorporate habits of excellence and quality for professional practice


The purpose of the subject is to know the characteristics and the different possibilities that the aquatic environment offers us, as well as the tools to design and plan aquatic programs with an educational, health or recreational objective, encompassing any population.

"This subject makes sure to introduce the gender perspective in its contents".

Learning outcomes

  • Identify the psycho and sociomotor requirements of the skills of various sports and sports activities, knowing the technical-tactical elements that structure them and execute them basically.
  • Program basic teaching-learning processes of various sports and sports activities, with attention to their didactic peculiarities, taking into account diversity: gender, age, disability.

Working methodology

The methodology of the subject will be carried out combining face-to-face classroom time, with autonomous work time, with the support of the virtual learning environment. The percentage of time the student spends is distributed as follows:




Face-to-face sessions in the classroom (theory presentation, seminars, personalized tutorials)

Theoretical presentations with audiovisual support, role-playing games, group work, application of practice to theory, problem-based learning (PBL), presentations by students




Personal study, problem solving, information search (bibliography, webography), guided work (questionnaires, forums ...), problem solving



Both in the face-to-face sessions and in the autonomous work, the student will work individually and in work groups.

Each ECTS is equivalent to 25 hours of student dedication, considering the time invested in the total of the activities related to the face-to-face time and the time of autonomous work, that the professor of the subject guides, as well as the reading times, information search, connection to the Virtual Classroom, elaboration of works.


1. Characteristics of the aquatic environment and equipment.

  • Flotation - Archimedes principle - apparent weight
  • Hydrostatic pressure - cohesion - surface tension
  • Water temperature
  • Chemical and thermal properties
  • Concept of depth
  • Description and classification of aquatic material

    2. Knowledge of the different aquatic programs

  • Utility Model: Knowledge of Aquatic Basic Motor Skills (HHMMBBAA).
  • Educational model: knowledge of teaching styles in the aquatic environment. Design and proposal of different types of educational tasks that enable the improvement and learning of the different basic motor skills.
  • Competitive model: knowledge of the different water sports.
  • Health and hygiene model: physical conditioning through aquatic health programs. Aquatic programs for special populations.

           3. Design and execution of aquatic sessions in different population groups.

  • Session design with the aim of improving a basic motor skill aimed at a population with and without aquatic mastery.
  • Fitness and wellness session design.
  • Design of sessions in special population.

Learning activities

The activities of the subject follow the system of continuous evaluation, that is to say, that throughout the term the professor raises several activities, that the students must solve and deliver. The work of each one of the activities allows to value to the student, the follow-up that does to the asignatura and the elements of improvement, from the comments and notes that the professor will do of the activities.

The proposed activities can be individual or in work groups. The teacher gives the instructions so that the students can elaborate and deliver them. All the activities proposed are designed so that students have a practical perspective on the topics that are developed throughout the ten weeks of the term.



Evaluation system

Qualification system (Royal Decree 1125/2003, of 5 September) that establishes the European system of credits and the system of qualifications to the university degrees of official character and validity in all the state territory:

0 - 4,9: Suspended

5,0 - 6,9: Approved

7,0 - 8,9: Notable

9,0 - 10: Excellent



Evaluation activity


Assessed skills

 Individual tasks



E1, E5, E7, E11, T6, T7.

Group tasks 20%

Practical exam: Development of a session


B3, B5, G9, G10, E1, E5, E7, E11 and T5.


Participation in classroom activities and discussions, they will be evaluated as long as the attendance to practical class is at least 80%. If this minimum is not reached, the qualification of the subject will be "Not submitted" and will not be entitled to recovery. The assignment grade is the average of all assignments completed during the course, and the total must be passed with a 5 (out of 10). These tasks are not recoverable. The mark of the practical exam must be passed with a 5 (out of 10).

If the practical exam or the total of the subject is suspended, there is the possibility of recovering during the recovery period, performing a recovery exam.


Note: Repeating students will have to attend the first day of class, in order to plan with the teachers the expected participation requirements (in the classroom and in the discussion). No notes from the previous course are saved.


Evaluation activity in recovery period


Assessed skills



B3, B5, G9, G10, E1, E5, E7, E11, T5, T6 and T7


The evaluation activity will consist of a theoretical exam with questions to be developed; it will be necessary to approve with a 5 (out of 10).

The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities will mean a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason . ”



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