HR9702 - Professional Coaching Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will explore a range of contemporary coaching theories, practices and coaching contexts and apply them to your own coaching practice. The module will be flexible to incorporate the interests of the cohort and reflect latest thinking, research and practice in the coaching field.

Typical contexts explored by coaches working in organisations are likely to include leadership and performance coaching, team coaching and career and transition coaching. You will explore these approaches and techniques via underpinning theories and philosophies incorporating ideas such as positive psychology, psychodynamic theory, transactional analysis, mindfulness and the application of latest research from neuroscience.

At the end of the module you demonstrate both a broadening and deepening of your coaching practice via the creation of a practice portfolio which could contribute to a submission to any of the global accreditation bodies including the Association for Coaching; the International Coach Federation or the European Mentoring and Coaching Council . You will reflect on the needs of your coaching clients’, consider ethical issues and reflect on the the effectiveness of your approach. Through this process you will refine your coaching identity, philosophy and approach.

How will I learn on this module?

The pedagogic approach which underpins this module, and the programme overall, is “student centred” which places great emphasis upon you reflecting upon your experiences of coaching in order to develop your understanding and practice of coaching.

During the study blocks you will reflect on your own knowledge and experiences and share them with others; you will research areas of interest and present your ideas to your peer group in order to explore theoretical frameworks and consider how they might apply in a variety of contexts. You will have the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners who will share their approaches in order to illustrate how theory is applied to practice.

You will have the opportunity to crystalise your own coaching context, diagnose your own learning and development needs, set learning objectives, identify resources for learning, choose and implement learning strategies and evaluate the achievement of your own learning goals.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Induction: An induction session will be delivered at the beginning of the PG Dip. Stage to enable learners 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 introduce the learners to the university, programme, support mechanisms, e learning resources, modules and academic writing for postgraduate study.

Learning and Feedback: One of the main aims of the programme is to develop your confidence and capability to learn independently. The coaching learning set will facilitate this aim through shared learning enabling you to evaluate and analyse your own approach. You will observe and be observed by your peers and
utilise a coaching feedback framework which supports you to ‘notice’ and make sense of your coaching interaction

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.

Study Skills: When required programme staff will provide essential study skills and equip you with the fundamental academic expertise needed to successfully complete your postgraduate degree programme.
Individual guidance will be provided by the module tutors.

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?

Knowledge & Understanding:
To demonsrate knowledge and understanding of theoretical frameworks, concepts and philosophies that underpin a range of contemporary coaching functions that contribute to organisational performance

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
To be able to select, apply and justify the use of relevant coaching approaches within own coaching context.

Be able to evaluate the effectiveness of own coaching interventions and critically reflect on these approaches in relation to own coaching practice

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural
To demonstrate reflexivity in practice by demonstrating an awareness of the ethical, cultural, social, relational and boundary issues related to own coaching practice.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment:
a 5000 word assignment That demonstrates:
A thorough understanding of theory that underpins your practice
The application of coaching skills within your context
And the abilty to demonstrate reflexivity in the moment and when evaluating coaching interventions

A statement of Personal Coaching Approach articulating your personal coaching approach through a critical interpretation and application of appropriate theoretical, and philosophical frameworks and concepts. (K&U 1)

A Coaching Case Study and audio recording
A 25 minute recording of a coaching session accompanied by a 1500 word piece that
critically reflects on the specific coaching context exploring and justifying reasons for the choices made within the coaching intervention and evaluating their effectiveness. (K&U 1,IPSA 1, IPVA 2,)
An evaluation of an ethical dilemma in coaching practice.
An exploration of a particular ethical dilemma encountered within coaching practice and a critical evaluation exploring and justifying reasons for the choices made to in order operate with a reflexive awareness of the issues rasied. (IPSA 2, PVA 1)





Module abstract

In this module you will develop breadth and depth in your coaching practice through exploration of a range of contemporary theoretical frameworks and philosophies applied within a range of coaching contexts.

The module is highly participative and allows you to research contemporary approaches driven by your own interests through personal study, exploring various approaches with “real” clients; sharing knowledge and experience with others and participating in master classes led by practicing coaches.

During the module you will create a comprehensive portfolio that demonstrates significant engagement with coaching theory and practice, and a reflexive capability through exploration of the professional, ethical, and practical implications of your own coaching interventions preparing you to sumbit an applicationfor professional coaching accreditation with any of the global accreditation bodies.

Completion of this module builds your confidence and credibility as a coach and enables you to articulate your approach to prospective clients.

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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