Leadership for Sports Coaches - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Case Study - Case study response (30%) , Online Discussion - Posting online discussions (30%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 2,375.00
International 2,625.00

This unit aims to critically analyse the problematic nature of coaching, leading and managing individuals and/or teams. Students will consider the leadership and management roles of coaches and team personnel, using leadership theory appropriate for the holistic development of teams and team members, and will be provided with learning opportunities to develop an advanced understanding of team cohesion and team culture.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand the basic principles of leadership.
  2. evaluate a range of leadership styles.
  3. critique an individual's use of leadership and power in coaching.
  4. understand the role of the leader as mentor.
  5. critically analyse how leadership can impact on sport participation.
  6. apply motivational techniques in leadership roles.
  7. understand and identify techniques for developing teamwork.
  8. recognise leadership strategies for supportive communication.
  • Case Study — Case study response (30%)
  • Online Discussion — Posting online discussions (30%)
  • Project — Field observation project (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • EPS7224 — Leadership for Sports Coaches
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to principles of sport leadership.
2Leadership theory
3Different leadership styles
4Leadership and motivation
5Supportive communication strategies
6Strategies for building teamwork
7Leadership and power in coaching
8The coach as mentor
9Coach's influence on organisational structures
10Coaches and the media
11Approaches to managing change
12Perspectives on personal leadership in sport
13Your coaching leadership style

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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