Sports Coaching

Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this designated program graduates should be able to:

  • demonstrate competencies which involve the application of a significant range of fundamental principles and complex techniques across a wide and often unpredictable variety of coaching situations
  • demonstrate skills that enable them to impart their knowledge of their sport to athletes, through the development of accurate techniques and teaching methods
  • provide an ideal learning environment
  • communicate to others in indoor and outdoor settings with confidence, relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours both in written and oral forms and through demonstration
  • demonstrate a familiarity with some of the technological resources produced to support the implementation of specific strategies in coaching athletes and teams
  • develop an integrated model with the right mix of training activities, techniques and sport science support to optimise performance and learning
  • analyse their coaching and implement relevant changes to enhance learning and performance
  • demonstrate the capacity to develop, implement and critically evaluate programs or interventions
  • collaborate with others in professional practice, with the capacity to be a team leader as well as an effective team member
  • bring about a positive outcome to complex coaching situations
  • demonstrate a commitment to the role of coach as a responsible and ethical practitioner
  • acknowledge responsibility for personal values and their effect upon professional practice
  • engage with and understand the nexus between practice, theory and research
  • analyse and evaluate a variety of practices that are designed to improve performance or achieve health benefits and the credibility of its sources, and place it in context.

Master of Education (Sports Coaching)

To qualify for the award of Master of Education (Sports Coaching), candidates are required to complete a total of 48 credit points, including

  • a minimum of 5 units (30 credit points) from this specialisation; comprising
    a minimum of 4 units of study (24 credit points) of core units; and
    a minimum of 1 unit of study (6 credit points) of elective units to be chosen from the table below; plus
  • a minimum of 1 unit of study (6 credit points) of capstone units; and
  • a maximum of 2 units of study (12 credit points) of postgraduate Education units which can be chosen from any designation within the Master of Education program.

Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Sports Coaching)

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Sports Coaching) candidates are required to complete a total of 36 credit points, including

  • a minimum of 5 units of study (30 credit points) from this designation, comprising
    a minimum of 4 units (24 credit points) of core units; and
    a minimum of 1 unit (6 credit points) of elective units from the table below; plus
  • a maximum of 1 unit of study (6 credit points) of postgraduate Education units from any specialisation within the Master of Education program.

Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Sports Coaching)

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Sports Coaching) candidates are required to complete a total of 24 credit points, including

  • a minimum of 3 units of study (18 credit points) of core units; and
  • maximum of 1 unit of study (6 credit points) of elective units from the table below.

Course convenor

Dr Donna O'Connor
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Units of study table

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Sports Coaching

Core/elective units

EDPN5013
Coaching Pedagogy
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Semester 2

Int Sept
Semester 2
EDPN5015
Sport and Technology
6      Semester 1
EDPN5016
Planning &Program Management for Coaches
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Semester 1

Int April
Semester 1
EDPN6014
Contemporary Issues in Coaching
6      Semester 2

Elective units

EDPZ5010
Individual Profession Learning Portfolio
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPZ6010
Prof Learning Leadership Portfolio
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2

Capstone units

EDPZ6730
Special Project 1
6    P submit a proposal


Approval is contingent upon a staff member with relevant interests being available to supervise the proposed project.
Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPZ6724
Dissertation Part 1
6    P submit a proposal and have it approved prior to enrolling

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPZ6725
Dissertation Part 2
6    P EDPZ6724

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPZ6720
Dissertation
12    P submit a proposal for dissertation and have it approved prior to enrolling

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2

Units of study descriptions

Sports Coaching

Core/elective units

EDPN5013 Coaching Pedagogy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Donna O'Connor Session: Int Sept,Semester 2 Classes: intensive mode; semester 2 distance delivery fully online Assessment: meeting evaluation (25%); coach-athlete role play (30%); practice report (25%); and learning journal (20%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: On-line
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 2
Frequently elite athletes are being recruited into professional coaching roles in many sports. Their knowledge of their sport's skills and tactics, their ability to 'read the game' and their first-hand experience at competing at an elite level form the foundation of their coaching. However, playing ability does not necessarily translate into coaching aptitude. Putting this knowledge and experience into action requires the coach to use an effective mix of organisational skills, teaching strategies, communication skills and planning practices. This unit will outline a number of concepts to enhance a coach's effectiveness and provide a smooth transition from elite player to elite coach.
EDPN5015 Sport and Technology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Donna O'Connor; Dr Wayne Cotton Session: Semester 1 Classes: online plus 1 face-to-face seminar; distance delivery fully online Assessment: presentation/report (40%) and 6 competency based tasks (6x10%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Distance Education/Intensive on Campus or On-line
This unit will deal with 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 advised, 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, as well as provide valuable information in preparation for training. 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.
EDPN5016 Planning &Program Management for Coaches

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Donna O'Connor Session: Int April,Semester 1 Classes: online and face to face over 13 weeks; session 1 distance delivery fully online Assessment: learning journal (15%) and assignment (30%) and developing a proposal (40%); presenting your proposal (15%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 1
The art of coaching is understanding the scientific data and applying it. This analysis process relies heavily on the coach's experience and knowledge of the sport and their athletes. How effectively coaching sessions are planned and implemented influences the outcomes of coaching programs. This unit will critically examine the processes, models, research findings and strategies relating to periodisation, concurrent training, specific training sessions and goal setting. In this approach sport science and sport specific training and competition activities will be fully integrated and sequenced to provide for optimum performance.
EDPN6014 Contemporary Issues in Coaching

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Donna O'Connor Session: Semester 2 Classes: block mode 6x4hr workshops; distance delivery fully online Assessment: debate (25%); movie analysis (25%); group work (2x15%); learning journal (20%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode or On-line
This unit discusses contemporary issues pertinent to today's coach. Topics include leadership development, team culture and group dynamics, the dilemma of drugs and ergogenic aids, the development of high performance teams and the various roles of a head coach. It is suggested that it is leadership quality that separates the truly gifted coaches from the rest. It is their ability to sell their unique coaching system to their athletes 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.

Elective units

EDPZ5010 Individual Profession Learning Portfolio

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Minkang Kim Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: independent work; 3 x 2 hr meetings across the semester Assessment: 6000 wd professional learning portfolio (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington 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. Permission from unit of study coordinator must be sought prior to enrolling.
EDPZ6010 Prof Learning Leadership Portfolio

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Minkang Kim Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: independent work; 3 x 2 hr meetings across the semester Assessment: 6000 wd professional leadership portfolio (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington 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. University staff may complete this unit by undertaking the development program Research Higher Degree Supervision. No concurrent enrolment with EDPZ5010 unless special permission has been granted by the Faculty. Permission from the unit of study coordinator must be sought prior to enrolling.

Capstone units

EDPZ6730 Special Project 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr David Hirsh Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: several sessions with supervisor Prerequisites: submit a proposal Assessment: 1x6000wd report (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Approval is contingent upon a staff member with relevant interests being available to supervise the proposed project.
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 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: Dr David Hirsh Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: several meetings/discussions with supervisor Prerequisites: submit a proposal and have it approved prior to enrolling Assessment: satisfactory progress during semester; students then must enrol in EDPZ6725 Dissertation Part 2 the following semester. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington 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: Dr David Hirsh Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: several meetings/discussions with supervisor Prerequisites: EDPZ6724 Assessment: 1x12000wd report (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington 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: Dr David Hirsh Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: several meetings/discussions with supervisor. Prerequisites: submit a proposal for dissertation and have it approved prior to enrolling Assessment: 1x12000wd report (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington 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 Method unit of study prior to undertaking the Dissertation, which will support the proposal development.