module specification

ST6004 - Advanced Coaching Theory, Practice, and Application (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Advanced Coaching Theory, Practice, and Application
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 300
60 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
180 hours Guided independent study
60 hours Placement / study abroad
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 33%   Poster presentation: produced and presented (1000 words; 5 minutes)
Coursework 33%   Committee briefing paper: produced and presented (500 words; 10 minutes)
Coursework 34%   Log book (2000 words)
Attendance Requirement 0%   Practical attendance
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Thursday Afternoon

Module summary

This module focuses on advanced theoretical aspects of coaching and its delivery that enable the full role of a practising coach to be explored.

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications. Building on the theory laid down in Principles of Effective Coaching and Teaching this module will facilitate the development of practical coaching expertise. Theoretical aspects are based on the critical appraisal of advanced coaching related theory and research, and a range of current issues, and professional developments. The module promotes the refinement of advanced practical coaching skills and/or the gaining of a vocational coaching award. The module is designed to enhance students’ critical analysis and independence of thought regarding sports coaching and develop skills of self-awareness, social awareness, self-management and social skills within the context of sports coaching.


This module will address the following:
• Management in coaching.
• Individuality of athletes.
• Self-reflective analysis of coaching practice.
• Current and future trends in coaching practice.
• Experiential learning through observational practice.
• Researching coaching theory and practice.

Learning and teaching

The module will be delivered through a series of lectures and experiential learning will take place through a combination of: practical coaching; observation of good coaching practice; and, if applicable, achievement of a coaching qualification. Through individual negotiation it may be possible for coaching observation to take place during the summer vacation following the second year as opposed to the normal practice of during the third year of study. PDP related skills of self-reflection will be developed through critical evaluation of coaching sessions.

Students’ study responsibilities are articulated in the FLS Staff/Student Agreement which is available via the Faculty Web site.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1.  Appraise advanced coaching issues within a practical coaching context.
2.  Demonstrate appropriate and effective communication with colleagues and athletes.
3.  Critically reflect on coaching practice.
4.  Create and justify the prescription of training plans with due regard to issues of ethics, gender, age  and culture.
5. Critically appraise theoretical advances in coaching practice.

Assessment strategy

 The summative assessment of this module is 100% coursework. There are three components of summative assessment: (i) a portfolio of coaching observation and experience; (ii) the preparation of a committee briefing paper for a specific coaching focused meeting; and, (iii) the production and presentation of a PowerPoint poster based on a topic related to the student’s chosen profession.

Component Learning outcomes

(i)   Portfolio of coaching observation and experience    

 1, 2, 3, 4
(ii)  Committee briefing paper            2, 3, 5
(iii)  PowerPoint poster      2, 3, 5



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