Education (Sports Coaching)

Sports Coaching

Candidates for the Master of Education (Sports Coaching) must complete 48 credit points, including a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study, a minimum of 6 credit points of elective units of study, a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units of study and a maximum of 12 credit points of postgraduate Education units of study which can be chosen from any Master of Education program.
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Sports Coaching) must complete 36 credit points, including a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study, a minimum of 6 credit points of elective units of study and a maximum of 6 credit points of postgraduate Education units of study chosen from any Master of Education program.
Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Sports Coaching) must complete 24 credit points, including a minimum of 18 credit points of core units of study and a maximum of 6 credit points of elective units of study.

Core Units

EDPN5013 Coaching Pedagogy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Donna O'Connor Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x4hr workshop, and 2 days (8am-6pm) Assessment: 1x1500wd equiv role play (30%), 1x3000wd equiv coaching practice (50%), 1x1200wd equiv skill learning (20%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Online, Block mode
This unit will outline a number of concepts to enhance a coach's effectiveness and assist them in creating optimal learning environments. Content examines coaching practice, athlete skill learning, communication skills (one-on-one, group, conflict) and reflective practice.
EDPN5014 Coaching Expertise

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Donna O'Connor Session: Intensive September,Semester 2 Classes: intensive block mode; online distance delivery fully online Assessment: application tasks (65%); coach evaluation report (35%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Online, Block mode
This unit examines the knowledge (professional, interpersonal and intrapersonal) and behaviours associated with coaching expertise. We explore strategies to develop athlete outcomes (competence, confidence, connection and character) in different sporting contexts and discuss the importance of coaching efficacy and emotional intelligence in responding to various coaching scenarios. The ability to evaluate one's performance is part of the coaching process. This unit will examine such questions such as: was the coaching effective in achieving its purpose(s)? What changes can be made to improve the quality of coaching? The coach has the responsibility of analysing coaching sessions to recognise strengths and address weaknesses to identify new levels of effectiveness. This unit will emphasise critical reflection and the development of skills and innovative techniques for assessing coaching effectiveness.
EDPN5015 Sport and Technology

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Wayne Cotton Session: Semester 1 Classes: Semester 2Block Mode: Online plus 2 classes (1 in early and another in late semester); Onlinedistance delivery fully online Assessment: application of technology (25%); competency based tasks (55%); and learning journal blog (20%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode, Online
This unit will examine the use of technology in sport and introduce students to some of the most applicable coaching tools and technologies. Many new technologies can do what in the past could not be achieved, can show you what the human eye cannot see, and in many cases provide support for coaches' intuition. Many of these tools/software programs can be incorporated into everyday training and coaching, as well as provide valuable information in preparation for athlete development and performance. Most technologies discussed will be portable or laptop based systems. Examples include game analysis, skill analysis and programming software as well as the use of technology to enhance remote coaching. Industry standard applications and software will also be explored.
EDPN5016 Planning and Program Management for Coaches

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Donna O'Connor Session: Intensive September,Semester 2 Classes: 2 x 4hrs and 2 x 2 day workshops; also available as distance delivery fully online Assessment: learning journal (10%), team based learning tasks (40%) and developing a proposal (35%); presenting your proposal (15%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Online, Block mode
Successful coaching requires good management and organisational skills. At the micro level, how effectively coaching sessions are planned and implemented will influence whether short-term goals and outcomes are achieved. However, to plan for optimum performance and overall development of athletes coaches must develop a program that is more than just a training and competition plan. They must consider the impact of a wide range of issues in developing, managing and monitoring the environment to guarantee desired outcomes. In this approach to coaching all aspects of the program will be fully integrated and sequenced. This unit will critically examine the processes, models, research findings and strategies relating to issues such as peak performance theory, good to great principles, strategic management, staff selection and recruitment, periodisation, concurrent training, goal setting and catering for different learning styles. The cases presented in this unit provide a contextual opportunity for planning at the macro and micro level to be developed, evaluated and discussed. At the completion of this unit it is hoped that coaches are more confident and knowledgeable in this content area, understand the vital link between theory and practice and value the need for them to be research informed coaches.
EDPN6014 Contemporary Issues in Coaching

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Donna O'Connor Session: Semester 1 Classes: block Mode: 4hr x 6 weeks; Online distance delivery fully online. Assessment: debate (25%); team based learning tasks (50%); learning journal (25%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Online, Block mode
This unit discusses contemporary issues pertinent to today's coach. Topics include leadership development, group dynamics, the various roles and responsibilities of the current head coach and assistant coach, athlete centred coaching and pertinent sports psychology issues. It is suggested that it is leadership quality that separates the truly effective coaches from the rest. It is their ability to sell their unique coaching system to their athletes, to develop a team culture that builds on relationships, and their ability to impact on training intensity that affects success the most - not just the mastery of the 'X's' and 'O's' of their sport. Relevant issues will be explored throughout this unit.
EDPN6015 Elite Athlete Development

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Donna O'Connor Session: Semester 2 Classes: block mode, 4 hrx 6 weeks Assessment: 4xgroup case studies (4x15%) ; and project (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode, Online
This unit is designed to investigate the techniques and procedures involved in athlete development. Specifically this focuses on identifying talent and appropriate recruitment systems, discussing what makes an athlete successful, and providing for a smooth transition from junior to senior ranks.
EDPN6017 Applying Sport Science to Coaching

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Donna O'Connor Session: Semester 1 Classes: block mode, 4hrx6 weeks; online distance delivery fully online Assessment: literature review (10%); team based application tasks (60%); report (30%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode, Online
You do not have to be an expert in sport science but an understanding of the fundamentals of sport science will add to the effectiveness of your coaching. The skilled coach is able to take the specialised information from sport science and blend it into a multidisciplinary perspective. The challenge for the coach is to develop an integrated model with the right mix of training activities, techniques and sport science support to optimise development and performance.

Elective units

EDPA5011 Organisational Culture and Change

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr George Odhiambo Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (40%) and 1x3000wd essay (60%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
Institutions throughout most parts of the world are confronted by a period of rapid and dramatic change. The external demands placed upon them to change and improve are considerable. The key elements of leadership, vision and mission and their relationships to the development of a unique organisational culture are essential ingredients for organisational effectiveness, excellence and continuous improvement. This core unit focuses upon the internal and external forces that influence the culture of a variety of organisations and uses the competing theories and alternative approaches to management development.
EDPA6015 Leadership and Management

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr George Odhiambo Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (40%) and 1x3000wd critical review of literature (60%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day, Online
Leadership is the key to a successful organisation. This core unit focuses upon the importance of leadership and what it involves in a variety of organisational settings. In bringing about change in an organisation a leader must be able to share with others a vision for the future of that organisation and implement strategies that enable the organisation to meet future challenges. Special attention is given to leadership styles, gender issues and the place of ethics and emotions in leadership.
EDPE5011 Motivation for Learning

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Paul Ginns Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x15min group presentation (25%), 1x2hr in-class written task (35%), 1x2500wd annotated lesson plan (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The major focus of this core unit centres on recent psychological study of motivational processes in the learner and on ways in which learning environments may be seen to foster student motivation for learning and thereby facilitate the attainment of desired learning objectives. The unit will consider the balance between intrinsic and extrinsic sources of motivation, teacher expectations and learner motivation, self-concept and self-system processes in learning and issues of success and failure and anxiety in learning settings. Emphasis will be placed on goal setting and feedback in establishing a facilitative learning environment, student interaction in cooperative learning and the development of motivational components of self-regulation in the learner.
EDPE6013 Learning and Teaching Thinking Skills

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Annishka Oksa Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x2000wd seminar paper (30%) and 1xseminar presentation (20%) and 1x3000wd final paper (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This core unit of study centres on examination and evaluation of a number of approaches to the development of higher order cognitive skills. Consideration will be given to the structuring of knowledge to facilitate explanation, problem-solving and creativity and to the use of internalised self-regulatory control strategies in fostering cognitive outcomes. Ways in which thinking and cognition can be supported and extended in educational contexts will be examined in some detail. Particular attention will be given to factors that influence thinking, the role of tools and technologies in facilitating thinking, and perspectives on thinking and cognition generated by contemporary research in cognitive science.
EDPZ5010 Individual Profession Learning Portfolio

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor David Hirsh Session: Semester 1 Classes: independent work; several meetings across the semester Assessment: 1x6000wd professional learning portfolio (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit provides you with the opportunity to develop a portfolio, where you can document and critically examine how you supported the learning of other participants in your formal or informal setting. Students are expected to implement an initiative to improve participants' learning in a formal or informal setting. Students are expected to have successfully completed other units of study before enrolling in this unit. University staff may undertake this unit by completing the development program for Research Higher Degree Supervision. No concurrent enrolment with EDPZ6010 unless special permission has been granted by the Faculty.
EDPZ6010 Prof Learning Leadership Portfolio

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor David Hirsh Session: Semester 1 Classes: independent work; several meetings across the semester Assessment: 1x6000wd professional leadership portfolio (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is designed to enable educators, with the support of a mentor, to document and engage in critical reflection on professional workplace learning, differing from its companion unit EDPZ5010, due to the focus on leadership and your professional role in working with colleagues' professional development. This unit provides you with the opportunity to develop a professional portfolio where you can document and critically examine how you have led others to improve the work in your formal or informal setting. Students are expected to have successfully completed other units of study before enrolling in this unit. No concurrent enrolment with EDPZ5010 unless special permission has been granted by the Faculty.
EDPK5003 Developing a Research Project

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Rachel Wilson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4x4 hr Saturday workshops, plus online lectures and activities Assessment: online exercises (40%) and class presentation (20%) and research proposal (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
This unit is seen as the foundation unit in research methods and it provides an overview of the research process, with a focus on developing skills for critical evaluation of research reports and the design of research projects. Research strategies, sampling and design issues and various methods of data collection and analysis are examined. Students explore both quantitative and qualitative research approaches. The assessment in this unit is developed around students' own research interests and by the end of the unit students will have developed their own research proposal document.

Capstone units

EDPZ6730 Special Project 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor David Hirsh Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: several sessions with supervisor Prerequisites: 24 credit points of units Assessment: 1x6000wd project (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
Special Project is a capstone unit, semester length independent investigation of a personally chosen topic in an educational context, the result of which is a 'product' of approximately 6,000 words such as a written report, review, account of the development of a resource, analysis of action research or critique of research. All 'products' should be demonstrably informed by relevant theory and research. The satisfactory completion of this unit provides an alternative to the regular face-to-face classroom unit of study for candidates enrolled in a graduate coursework award.
EDPZ6724 Dissertation Part 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor David Hirsh Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: meetings/discussions with supervisor Assessment: satisfactory progress during semester; students then must enrol in EDPZ6725 Dissertation Part 2 the following semester Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The Dissertation is a piece of academic writing of approximately 12,000 words and represents a substantial original work. The Dissertation serves two different purposes in a student's progress through a Masters degree program, being a way for a student to study an area of interest in depth, or as a path to further research. Students seeking progress into a research higher degree, such as a doctoral program, are required to complete an empirical study, drawing on primary data. Note that for direct entry into a doctoral degree, an average of at least 80% across the Masters degree is needed. Students not intending to progress to a higher research degree may choose from a range of types of study. The Dissertation must incorporate an appropriate form of critical analysis and have as its basis a clearly structured conceptual framework. It is recommended that students complete a Research Methods unit of study prior to undertaking the Dissertation, which will support the proposal development. This unit is part one of the Dissertation which runs over two semesters; therefore, students must also enroll in EDPZ6725 Dissertation Part 2 in the following semester.
EDPZ6725 Dissertation Part 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor David Hirsh Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: meetings/discussions with supervisor Prerequisites: EDPZ6724 Assessment: 1x12000wd dissertation (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The Dissertation is a piece of academic writing of approximately 12,000 words and represents a substantial original work. The Dissertation serves two different purposes in a student's progress through a Masters degree program, being a way for a student to study an area of interest in depth, or as a path to further research. Students seeking progress into a research higher degree, such as a doctoral program, are required to complete an empirical study, drawing on primary data. Note that for direct entry into a doctoral degree, an average of at least 80% across the Masters degree is needed. Students not intending to progress to a higher research degree may choose from a range of types of study. The Dissertation must incorporate an appropriate form of critical analysis and have as its basis a clearly structured conceptual framework. It is recommended that students complete a Research Methods unit of study prior to undertaking the Dissertation, which will support the proposal development. This unit is part two of the Dissertation which runs over two semester; therefore, students must have also enrolled in EDPZ6724 Dissertation Part 1 in the previous semester.
EDPZ6720 Dissertation

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor David Hirsh Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: meetings/discussions with supervisor Assessment: 1x12000wd dissertation (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The Dissertation is a piece of academic writing of approximately 12,000 words and represents a substantial original work. The Dissertation serves two different purposes in a student's progress through a Masters degree program, being a way for a student to study an area of interest in depth, or as a path to further research. Students seeking progress into a research higher degree, such as a doctoral program, are required to complete an empirical study, drawing on primary data. Note that for direct entry into a doctoral degree, an average of at least 80% across the Masters degree is needed. Students not intending to progress to a higher research degree may choose from a range of types of study. The Dissertation must incorporate an appropriate form of critical analysis and have as its basis a clearly structured conceptual framework. It is recommended that students complete a Research Methodology unit of study prior to undertaking the Dissertation, which will support the proposal development.