CART11012 - Choreography for Contemporary Dance
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit you will study the practice of choreography as it relates to contemporary dance. You will learn the art of planning, designing, and composing new contemporary dances. You will gain an understanding of basic choreographic elements of space, time, energy, body, and dynamics and the generation, manipulation, form, and vocabulary of individual movement. You will learn techniques for documenting your dance compositions. You will engage in practical choreographic tasks working solo and in ensemble and will analyse choreographic techniques in dance sequences.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Cairns

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse and evaluate choreographic techniques in dance sequences
  2. Compose and perform dance sequences
  3. Notate dance sequences.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Practical and Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work    
6. Information Technology Competence      
7. Cross Cultural Competence      
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Practical and Written Assessment      

Prescribed Textbooks

Dance Composition: A practical guide to creative success in dance making
Author/s: Jacqueline M. Smith-Autard Year: 2015
Edition: 5th Publisher: Routledge
City: London
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorDavid Cashman (d.cashman@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Content

  • Subject Introduction
  • Translating ideas into dance

Week 2 17-07-2017

Motivation

Compositional Elements

Week 3 24-07-2017

Design

Motif and Spatial Design

Week 4 31-07-2017

Form

Compositional Structures

Week 5 07-08-2017

Time

Rhythm and Form


Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Craft

Construction Essentials


Week 7 28-08-2017

Dynamics

Laban Movement Analysis


Developed Choreographic Work Due Monday (28 Aug 17) 03:18 PM AEST
Week 8 04-09-2017

Genre

Style


Week 9 11-09-2017

Methodologies

Approaches


Week 10 18-09-2017

Notation

Choreology


Week 11 25-09-2017

Creativity

Agency


Week 12 02-10-2017

Evaluation

Critical Response


Practical and Written Assessment Due Monday (02 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Choreographic Journal Due Monday (09 Oct 17) 08:30 AM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Developed Choreographic Work
Task Description

Present 10-15 minutes in class. Devise an individually developed Choreographic Work. Expectation: 3-minute duration of a choreographic work, and 500 word justification per student. Perform the work for your peers. In the justification analyse the elements in the composition. Identify the theme or issue of the work, and any other defining features. Allow some time for a class discussion / feedback with your peers, and summarise this feedback in the justification.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Monday (28-Aug-2017) 03:18 PM AEST
In class
Return Date to Students Week 9 Monday (11-Sep-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
  • Devised choreographic material (40%)
  • Clarity of elements in the presentation (40%)
  • Stage Presence (10%)
  • Discussion / Feedback (10%)
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Analyse and evaluate choreographic techniques in dance sequences

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Choreographic Journal
Task Description

Create a written choreographic journal with a three hundred-word summary per week per student of key concepts. The total word length of the journal is 2400 words over 12 weeks submitted online weekly through the CQU ALC portal. Describe topics and/or elements key characteristics, indicate insights, and reflect on your own work.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (09-Oct-2017) 08:30 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria
  • Clarity of key concepts (50%)
  • Organisation of ideas (30%)
  • Links with context and synergies or differences to your own work (20%)
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Notate dance sequences.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



3 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

Present 10-15 minutes in class. Devise a choreographic score for a Group Choreographic work with five minutes duration. During the presentation you will provide three physical examples of movement motifs and elaborate on the defining genre, theme's treatment or defining elements in the work. At the end of your presentation, submit a dot point summary of your presentation, you may use up to three images as support material, include references. Please use the APA referencing guide available at: http://libguides.library.cqu.edu.au/content.php?pid=8771

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (02-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
In class
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria
  • Composition displays sophistication, sensitivity to motifs, and personal style. (45%)
  • Synergy between treatment of theme and elements. Explanation of defining features and degree of justification. (40%)
  • Stage Presence (10%)
  • Referencing (5%)
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Compose and perform dance sequences

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work




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