module specification

ST6054 - Advanced Coaching Theory and Practice (2012/13)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2012/13, but may be subject to modification
Module title Advanced Coaching Theory and Practice
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing
Total study hours 150
Running in 2012/13

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

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 is designed to enhance students’ critical analysis and independence of thought regarding sports coaching.  This module develops 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.

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 and observation of good coaching practice. 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. The coursework comprises a portfolio of coaching observation and experience to include: structure of club/coaching scheme, particulars and profiles of athletes coached, particulars and profiles of other coaches within the scheme, the planning process and detailed cyclical planning, monitoring of athletes and evaluation of results, competition results and performance evaluation, individual planning with athletes, session plans, evaluations, progress plans for athletes, skills audit for self to inform a short and long term action plan.

Component                      Learning outcomes
 Logbook of coaching    1, 2, 3, 4, 5


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