SP6008 - Talent ID and High Performance Coaching

What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed for students to critically analyse the skills required to coach and nurture athletic talent at a high performance level. The module will further explore and critique contemporary long term athlete models, talent Identification and development pathways and their impact on performance, long term participation and well being. Students will have the opportunity to generate, direct and manage the implementation of cutting-edge research informed coaching solutions and practice. The module will also critically examine what is meant by the terms talent and high performance coaching, identify the skills and competencies needed to coach in a high performance setting , investigate the problems a high performance coach may encounter and provide potential solutions to maximise effective coaching practice.

How will I learn on this module?

SP6008 will be delivered using a pedagogic approach known as a ‘flipped Learning’. This method of teaching and learning affords more opportunity for problem based learning and inquiry orientated strategies in comparison to more traditional delivery formats such as lectures and ensuing seminar formats. Instead of attending formal lectures on a weekly basis, students will be initially exposed to a wide range of materials, pre assigned tasks and activities outside of formal settings through various modes of e-learning (e.g., audio blogs, videos, on line quizzes). Subsequent class time will then spent within a combination of dynamic, creative and interactive seminar and workshop sessions thus creating increasingly student centred learning environments where theory can be applied in practice. Flipped learning requires students to take more ownership of their learning and supports them to learn independent of academic staff. It is anticipated such an approach will aid to develop a broad range of both subject specific knowledge and wide ranging professional, vocational and employability skills.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

All members of staff involved in the delivery of SP06008 will be available for individualised, pre-booked meetings at specified times on a weekly basis for students. During these meetings, students will have opportunity to gain support for (but not limited to) module content, feedback relating to formative and summative assessments as well as general enquiries and issues specific to SP6008. Additionally students will have access to a discussion board (located on the eLP for this module) where enquiries and issues relating to the module can be raised with module staff and their peers.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Students will critically discuss talent identification systems and policies, both United Kingdom and worldwide specific, and review talent identification alongside long term athlete development.
2. Students will undertake critical analysis of social, biological, psychological and environmental factors to elite athlete development.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Students will develop intellectual skills and abilities to critically analyse the competencies required by a coach to work in a high performance setting and find innovative and creative solutions to coaching problems.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Students will critically review the impact of wide ranging physical and psychological training programmes upon performance, long term participation and well being.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessment : Written Resource Pack ( 100%of overall module grade). This is a single assessment with two components submitted at the same time.
Component 1: CPD handbook. (group assessed and 40%% of overall module grade). This will require students to design a research informed handbook to support the delivery of a programme of CPD in talent identification and development (MLO 1, 2, 3 &4). (2000-word limit + supporting appendix which is not included in word count).
Component 2: A single workshop plan (individually assessed and worth 60 of overall module grade). This will require students to individually produce a systematic plan of how they will showcase talent identification and topic development topics to an audience of level 1 (UKCC) coaches (MLO 2, 3 &4). (2000 word limit + supporting appendix which is not included in word count).

Formative Assessment included throughout the delivery of the module will include critical analysis (research tutored and research based) of appropriate case studies and journal articles, in-class individual and group presentations and regular spot tests (MLO 1, 2, 3 & 4). Students will receive both tutor and peer feedback on all formative tasks. Summative feedback comprising a mixture of written and audio formats will be provided within both the script and Turnitin feedback summary box. The departmental general feedback 2 Q rule will also be applied


Successful completion of level 5



Module abstract

Talent Identification and High Performance Coaching introduces various methods used and challenges faced by high performance coaches in identifying and nurturing talented sports performers. It further provides a systematic understanding of various moderators of talent development. The module will be delivered using a pedagogic approach to teaching known as a ‘flipped learning” which affords students frequent opportunity for engagement within problem based learning and inquiry orientated strategies both outside and within scheduled sessions. Students will experience regular formative assessments and various guest speakers from high performance sport. Summative assessments will be practically applied and industry relevant with audio and video feedback provided. On completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate how a high performance coach may create a suitable learning environment which successfully enhances skill learning and performance, long term participation and overall well being in sport.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 16 months

Location Hong Kong

City Hong Kong

Start September or January (part-time only)

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