Sports Coaching Pedagogy - 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 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (40%) , Assignment 2 - Reflective Journal (15%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,375.00
International 2,625.00

This unit aims to extend the student's understanding of coaching practices through developing a sound understanding of pedagogies (learning and teaching approaches) typically used in sports coaching. Students will study how and when to apply these approaches to various athlete cohorts and to develop techniques for reflecting on their own and others' coaching practices.

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

  1. refine their coaching philosophy
  2. critically evaluate theory concerning the contested meaning of a sports coach
  3. appraise holistic pedagogical approaches to sports coaching and their benefits in a range of contexts
  4. describe and evaluate the characteristics of reflective coaching practitioners
  5. select, utilise and justify sports coaching approaches according to purpose and as appropriate to the athletes identities and needs
  6. define and reflect upon quality sports coaching pedagogic practice.
  • Assignment 1 (40%)
  • Assignment 2 — Reflective Journal (15%)
  • Assignment 3 — Reflective Journal (15%)
  • Online Discussion (30%)

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:

  • EPS7223 — Sports Coaching Pedagogy
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to coaching pedagogy
2Exploring and refining coaching philosophies
3Coach as teacher - contested roles and purposes
4Principles for teaching and learning (pedagogy)
5Identifying learning needs of different athlete cohorts
6Designing pedagogical approaches for different athlete cohorts
7Holistic approaches to sports coaching
8Exploring reflective coaching practice
9Strategies and techniques for reflective coaches
10Identifying relevant sports coaching pedagogic approaches for your coaching context
11Applying and reflecting upon the delivery of quality sports coaching pedagogy in your coaching context
12Assessment and evaluation issues affecting sports coaching pedagogy
13Coaching Toolkit - choosing the right assessment and evaluation tools in your sports coaching context

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • 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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