SD0510 - Coaching Science Assessment

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What will I learn on this module?

The module covers the main principles that underlie many of the current practices of measurement within physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition. The underlying principles associated with various testing procedures will be analysed and discussed. Students will be provided with an opportunity to develop knowledge of how these principles can be applied within the coaching process. By the end of the module, successful students will be capable of assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their athletes in relation to their sport via a case study assessment.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be taught in a serious of blocks with each block covering one discipline of sports science. The module will incorporate a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. Lectures will provide the basic conceptual framework and core material. Practical sessions will enable students to become familiar with a wide range of coaching science assessment procedures, and seminar sessions will be used to analyse and interpret data and apply the theoretical principles. Students will be required to engage in independent study, in particular the reading of journal articles to further their knowledge base and develop critical thinking will be encouraged.

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 elements of the assessment. 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. 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 assessment 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 assessment.

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. Evaluate the physiological, psychological, biomechanical and nutritional demands of a specified sport Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Evaluate the principles associated with coaching science testing procedures
3. Analyse and interpret data from a wide range of coaching science tests and compare findings to normative data
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Evaluate implications of coaching science assessment

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment and rationale for tasks:
Individual Case Study (100%) – Students will be required to work individually to evaluate the demands of a specific sport, evaluate the appropriateness of tests selected for athlete assessment and analyse data from those tests interpret data. In addition students will be required to evaluate the implications of the assessment and results within the context of the sport(LO 1, 2, 3 & 4 )
Formative feedback will be provided on an on-going basis during practical sessions and seminars. Students will have the opportunity during seminars to research, evaluate and discuss the key areas of the module. Directed tasks will require students to analyse and interpret data and to demonstrate their understanding of the application of this information. Support and feedback will be provided by module staff and peers. There will be a dedicated session for each assessment in which information will be provided about the assessment, and students will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Pre-requisite(s)

Completion of SD0412 Introduction to Coaching Science module.

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 should be aware of the underpinning science which enables increased sporting performance. In addition, students need to provide an evidence-based application of coaching methods which should comprise of how to objectively assess an athletes strength and weaknesses. Therefore the module covers the main principles that underlie many of the current practices of measurement within physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition. The underlying principles associated with various testing procedures will be analysed and discussed. Students will be provided with an opportunity to develop knowledge of how these principles can be applied within the coaching process. By the end of the module, successful students will be capable of assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their athletes in relation to their sport via assessments involving a group presentation which will meet the following module aims:

1. Evaluate the physiological, psychological, biomechanical and nutritional demands of a specified sport
2. Evaluate the principles associated with coaching science testing procedures
3. Analyse and interpret data from a wide range of coaching science tests
4. Evaluate implications of coaching science assessment

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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