SP5014 - Coaching Practice for Sport Development

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What will I learn on this module?

Academic research in the area of sports coaching continues to develop as more is understood about the role of the coach in encouraging participation in sport and physical activity. This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop an appreciation of how coaching can be employed as a medium to facilitate social and structural change in the community.. Students will examine a particular population in all its aspects and then use this information to design and deliver a coaching session that will meet the specific needs of that community. The practical element builds on the skills gained in the coaching module at level 4 and further develops the key practical skills required in coaching and leading sport and physical activity.

How will I learn on this module?

Students understanding will be developed through practical classes and workshops for which they will be expected to prepare material related to their coaching experiences. Further understanding and application will be developed through practical activity that will constitute a large portion of this module. Tutorials will allow for guidance and feedback on progression within the module.

The module will help students to appreciate the major considerations for designing, developing, leading and coaching in sport. It is intended that it will provide the practical coaching experience and allow students to assess their strengths and limits with respect to coaching and leading qualities. The learning outcomes for this module are essential concepts and knowledge that will be introduced through a series of key lectures associated with specific topic areas. Understanding will be developed through practical classes and seminars for which students will be expected to prepare material related to their sports coaching experiences.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Staff teaching on this module will be available for individualised, pre-booked meetings at specified times for students. During these meetings students will have the 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 the module.

Additionally students will have access to a Discussion Board (found on the eLP for this module) where enquiries and issues relating to the module and its assessments can be raised with module staff and student peers providing the necessary support across a general forum.

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. Develop an understanding of the issues faced by specific groups within a sport development context
2. Discuss the theoretical aspects relating to the coaching of a specific population
3. Design an appropriate coaching session that addresses a specific population

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Demonstrate the application of knowledge into applied coaching

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Adopt a self-reflective approach to coaching

How will I be assessed?

1. Students will submit an essay that addresses the theoretical aspects of coaching a specific population.
[MLO’s 1 and 2- 40%]

2. Coaching Plan and Practice:

Part a) Students will submit a session plan designed to meet the needs of a specific population

Part b) Students will deliver a 15 minute practical coaching session which would meet the needs of a specific population.

Part c) Viva (10minutes) Following the practical session students will be asked a series of questions based upon the observation of their practical coaching session. The viva will assess students understanding of a specific population, the evidence based rational for the content of their coaching sessions and reflections on how the session delivered could be progressed.

[MLO’s 3, 4, and 5- 60%]

Formative Assessment: will be provided to students on an individual basis and in groups throughout practicals, seminars and tutorials. Interactive technology will be used within formative assessment within the module.

Students will receive both tutor and peer feedback on their proposed coaching sessions and plans within the seminars supporting the student/s in their completion of the summative assessments.


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Module abstract

The coaching practice for sport development module brings together and builds upon the knowledge and understanding of sports coaching and sports development that students gained in appropriate modules at level 4. The objective is to provide students with the opportunity to develop an appreciation of how coaching can be employed as a medium to facilitate social and structural change in the community and also become actively involved in a case study to practically enhance their coaching delivery skills.

Course info

UCAS Code C6X1

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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