SD0412 - Introduction to Coaching Science

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What will I learn on this module?

The module is designed to introduce students to the role of science in the understanding of sports performance and how the scientific principles can be applied to the sports coaching process. Students will study the four main disciplines of physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition in order to appreciate the role that science has on current practices in sport. Students will develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts within the four main disciplines. The application of these concepts to sport will be outlined to illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of the sports coaching process.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered using a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Direct and independent study will be strongly encouraged through the provision of reading lists, and seminar and workshop preparation. The aim of the seminar sessions will be to consolidate learning and extend understanding of the lecture information through tasks, group interaction and discussion. The practical sessions will be used to develop students understanding of sports science in practice. Both seminar and practical sessions will enable students to link theory to coaching practice. Material introduced in sessions will assist students in the completion of the assessment task. Assessment will be in the form of a case study.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Directed and independent study, along with lecture material will enable students to gain peer and tutor feedback in order to help them prepare for both parts of the case study. Each lecture, seminar and practical will be based around the learning outcomes. Students will complete taught activity on a different sport to that which will be assessed and feedback will be provided to students to give them the opportunity to self-reflect on progress. After each seminar activity students will be encouraged to apply the material to the sport chosen for their case study to allow the case study to be formed. Each week there will be a 10 minute group surgery session at the end of seminars/practical sessions to allow students the option to ask questions related to the assessments, and a discussion board will be set up on the eLP. In addition, tutor feedback on the first part of the summatively assessed case study (40%) will act as a form of formative feedback and will feed-forward to the second submission of the case study (60%). Students will also have the opportunity to engage in peer to peer feedback as well as receiving lecturer feedback during the seminar and practical sessions. Students will gain tutor feedback from the assessments via the front cover sheets and notes provided throughout the manuscript. Group feedback sessions will also be held after the return of the assessments. Summary/generic feedback on student performance will be posted on the eLP following the assessments.

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:
• Students will identify and explain basic biomechanical, physiological, psychological and nutritional structures and function

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Students will apply selected principles of biomechanics, physiology, psychology and nutrition to a range of sporting contexts

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Students will demonstrate the application of the scientific theory to the coaching process at both participation and performance level.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be summatively assessed as follows:
• Case study part 1 (1000 words - 40%): Students will be required to write the first part of a case study considering the role that physiological and biomechanical factors play in sports performance and coaching practice.

• Case study part 2 (1500 words - 60%): Students will be required to write the second part of a case study considering the role that psychological and nutritional factors play in sports performance and coaching practice.

Students will receive both tutor and peer feedback on the tasks supporting the student/s in their completion of the formative tasks.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

The nature of sport coaching is changing and current coaches are required to possess a holistic understanding all of elements which impact on performance. Students will study the four main disciplines of physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition in order to appreciate the role that science has on current practices in sport. It is imperative that students are developing evidence-based practices and this module provides students with the knowledge to create a rationale for their coaching methods. Students will develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts within the four main disciplines, whilst the application of these concepts to sport will be outlined to illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of the sports coaching process. By the end of this module, students will be able to:

1. Identify and explain basic biomechanical, physiological, psychological and nutritional structures and function
2. Apply selected principles of biomechanics, physiology, psychology and nutrition to sporting contexts
3. Demonstrate the application of the scientific theory to the coaching process

Course info

UCAS Code CX61

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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