HR9700 - Understanding Coaching

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What will I learn on this module?

The tutors will firstly establish a learning environment conducive for coaching by creating small coaching learning groups, and secondly, by emphasising coaching competencies with specific focus placed upon the need to build trust and rapport. You will be introduced to the theoretical underpinning of coaching and the ethical and moral issues within coaching practice will be examined and discussed. You will have opportunities for coaching practice and experience being coached by other peers in the learning group. You will learn about yourself as a coach, with opportunities to develop further self-awareness and reflect upon the impact of this on your coaching practice.
To support your coaching, reflective practice will be integral to the module and the programme in general. You will be introduced to theoretical approaches to reflective practice to support your reflective thoughts and writing.

How will I learn on this module?

The approach is “learner centred” which places great emphasis upon you reflecting upon your experiences of coaching in order to develop your understanding and practice of coaching. You will have the opportunity to engage with the peer coaching process in your coaching learning set. This will enable you to experience being a coach, a coachee and an observer; helping you to use this experience to inform your future practice. You will also receive formative feedback from tutors and peers.
Beyond the taught sessions, you will engage in additional coaching practice with a nominated peer from the programme as a coach and coachee, as well as coaching other individuals external to the programme.
You will also maintain a personal learning log to reflect upon your experiences and observations throughout the duration of the programme to increase your understanding of self as coach and support the development of your practice. You will also complete a reflective writing piece focused on key themes identified on your learning journey to date for which you will receive formative feedback from tutors to encourage you to engage in reflective practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Induction: An induction session will be delivered at the beginning of this moduleto enable you to discuss expectations; explore issues relating to the programme structure and delivery, and to provide practical guidance in terms of study skills, use of library and assignment writing. This is also supported by online support and includes a series of video and podcasts which will introduce you to the university, programme, support mechanisms, e learning resources, modules and academic writing for postgraduate study.
You will be supported continuously through the programme through a variety of mechanisms such as:

Study Skills . When required, the module teaching team will provide essential study skills and equip you with the fundamental academic expertise needed to successfully complete this postgraduate module. This could, writing effective academic assignments, citation and referencing skills, searching for information to support effective study, critical analysis, debate and argument, reflective writing, action research, competence mapping, conducting primary and secondary research (including ethics), presenting work related academic assignments. Online resources are also made available to support study skills. Individual guidance will be provided by the module tutors. This guidance can be delivered face to face, via telephone or skype.
You are also actively encouraged to take advantage of the support and services provided by the University’s Student Services, SkillsPlus resource and the Part Time Learner Service, all of which will be introduced as part of the induction event.

Learning and Feedback: One of the main aims of this module is to develop your confidence and capability to learn independently. The coaching learning set will facilitate this aim through shared learning. This will be supported by observing peers and implementing a coaching feedback framework which supports you to ‘notice’ and make sense of this in relation to you as a coach and to aid your learning.
The ELearning Portal platform will be used to encourage you to engage in interaction and communication with your fellow students, and to clarify issues arising from your independent study. You will be provided with constructive feedback on your assessed work and, as part of your continuing development you will be able to use the feedback in the preparation of subsequent assignments.

Assignment Surgeries
Prior to the module assessment, module tutors will conduct an assignment surgery ensuring you understand both the requirements of the assessment, enable discussion on how to approach the assignment and a revision of on line resources such as NORA.

Individual guidance will be provided by the module tutors either through face to face meetings, e mail, skype or telephone conversations.

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:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

What will I be expected to achieve?
(SRS 0005)

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of coaching as a development approach
• Demonstrate an understanding od self as coach

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Demonstrate coaching skills across a range of situations through the effective implementation of a practical coaching process
• Demonstrate an ability to critically reflect on coaching practice in order to inform future coaching practice

Personal Values Attributes

• Demonstrate an understanding of how personal values inform their own coaching identity and approach

How will I be assessed?

A formative 1,500 word reflective essay, evidencing your reflections on your learning journey so far.(K&U 2, IPSA 1)

A summative 4,000 word reflective report to evidence and demonstrate the learning process in the development of your coaching identity. To include supporting evidence of how you have met the module learning objectives.
(K&U 1, K&U 2, IPSA 1, IPSA 2, PVA 1)





Module abstract

This module will provide the learner with a solid grounding to understand coaching as a process and ‘understand self as a coach’ in order to establish the development of an individual coaching identity. The module focuses on increasing the learner’s self-awareness, knowledge and ethical and moral coaching practice. As part of small coaching learning sets, learners will be introduced to the GROW coaching model with opportunities to engage in the coaching process as both coach and a coachee. The focus of the module is learner-centred, thereby placing personal experience and practice at the centre of the learning experience. The practice of critical reflection will be introduced and integrated throughout the learning on the module. The module will culminate in a summative assessment of a reflective report with supporting evidence.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 3 years part-time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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