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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Room 447, Education Building, A35
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Errata
Item Change Section Date
1.

EDPN5014 Coaching Expertise 

Session should be: Intensive April Block Mode and Semester 1 Online

Unit of Study Table and Descriptions 13/1/2015
2.

EDPN6015 Elite athlete development

Session should be: Semester 1 Blockmode and Semester 1 Online
Unit of Study Table and Descriptions 13/1/2015
3.

EDPN5016 Planning and Program Management for Coaches

Session should be: Intensive September Block Mode and Semester 2 Online
Unit of Study Table and Descriptions 13/1/2015
4.

EDPN5017 Applying Sport Science to Coaching

Session should be: Semester 2 Block mode and Semester 2 Online
Unit of Study Table and Descriptions 13/1/2015

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

Intensive September
Semester 2
EDPN5015
Sport and Technology
6      Semester 1
EDPN6014
Contemporary Issues in Coaching
6      Semester 2
EDPN6015
Elite Athlete Development

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6      Semester 1

Elective units

EDPZ5010
Individual Profession Learning Portfolio

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6      Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPZ6010
Prof Learning Leadership Portfolio

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6      Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPK5003
Developing a Research Project

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6      Semester 1
Semester 2

Capstone units

EDPZ6730
Special Project 1

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    P 24 credit points of units
Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPZ6724
Dissertation Part 1 - Departmental permission is required for this unit

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPZ6725
Dissertation Part 2

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

6    P EDPZ6724
Semester 1
Semester 2
EDPZ6720
Dissertation - Departmental permission is required for this unit

This unit of study is not Data Audit Committee Approved

12   
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: Intensive September,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, Sydney Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
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, Sydney Mode of delivery: Online
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.
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, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
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.
EDPN6015 Elite Athlete Development

This unit of study does not have Data Audit Committee approval

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.

Elective units

EDPZ5010 Individual Profession Learning Portfolio

This unit of study does not have Data Audit Committee approval

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

This unit of study does not have Data Audit Committee approval

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

This unit of study does not have Data Audit Committee approval

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

This unit of study does not have Data Audit Committee approval

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr David Hirsh Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: several sessions with supervisor Prerequisites: 24 credit points of units 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 - Departmental permission is required for this unit

This unit of study does not have Data Audit Committee approval

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr David Hirsh Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: several 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

This unit of study does not have Data Audit Committee approval

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 - Departmental permission is required for this unit

This unit of study does not have Data Audit Committee approval

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.