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

Associate Professor 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

EDPN5014
Coaching Expertise
6      Intensive April
Semester 1
EDPN5016
Planning & Program Management for Coaches
6      Intensive September
Semester 2
EDPN6015
Elite Athlete Development
6      Semester 1
EDPN6017
Applying Sport Science to Coaching
6      Semester 2

Elective units

EDPZ5010
Individual Profession Learning Portfolio
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPZ6010
Prof Learning Leadership Portfolio
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPK5003
Developing a Research Project
6      Semester 1
Semester 2

Capstone units

EDPZ6730
Special Project 1
6    P 24 credit points
Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPZ6724
Dissertation Part 1
6    C EDPZ6725

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPZ6725
Dissertation Part 2
6    P EDPZ6724
Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPZ6720
Dissertation
12   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2

Units of study descriptions

Sports Coaching

Core/elective units

EDPN5014 Coaching Expertise

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Donna O'Connor Session: Intensive April,Semester 1 Classes: intensive mode Assessment: coach evaluation (35%); application tasks (65%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
The ability to evaluate is part of the coaching process. This unit will examine such questions 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 training sessions. This unit will emphasise critical reflection and the development of skills and innovative techniques for assessing coaching effectiveness.
EDPN5016 Planning & Program Management for Coaches

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Donna O'Connor Session: Intensive September,Semester 2 Classes: intensive mode; semester 2 distance delivery fully online Assessment: learning journal (10%) and team based learning tasks (4x10%) and developing a proposal (30%); presenting your proposal (20%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Online
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.
EDPN6015 Elite Athlete Development

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Donna O'Connor Session: Semester 1 Classes: block mode, 4 hrx 6 weeks Assessment: 4xgroup case studies (4x15%) ; and project (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
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 2 Classes: block mode, 4hrx6 weeks Assessment: literature review (10%); team based application tasks (60%); report (30%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
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 performance.

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, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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: 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, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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: 3x4.5 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 core unit is seen as the foundation unit in research methods and it provides an overview of the research process, with a focus on critical evaluation of research reports and the design of research projects. It covers a wide range of basic research techniques and introduces other research methods that are the focus of more in-depth study in other search methods units. Research design issues and various methods of data collection examined. Students explore the use of quantitative and qualitative approaches; various research strategies; observation, documents, questionnaires and assessments. 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: Dr David Hirsh Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: several sessions with supervisor Prerequisites: 24 credit points Assessment: 1x6000wd report (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 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 Corequisites: EDPZ6725 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: Dr David Hirsh Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: several meetings/discussions with supervisor Prerequisites: EDPZ6724 Assessment: 1x12000wd report (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
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. Assessment: 1x12000wd report (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 Method unit of study prior to undertaking the Dissertation, which will support the proposal development.