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HL30154: Applied pedagogy & practice: coaching

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • assignment (5000 words) (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take HL20450
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The unit aims to examine the theoretical basis of professional coaching, including generic coaching and educational principles, legal, moral and ethical responsibilities, current initiatives, employment issues, provision, techniques, and support systems. Contemporary ideas and problems relevant to the professional coach will be evaluated. Students can undertake a placement shadowing and assisting a professional coach in order to fully appreciate the practical demands within the vocation. Students will continually be asked to challenge their taken-for-granted assumptions about sports coaching.

Learning Outcomes:
Students completing this unit will understand the role of the professional coach in the development of sport at all levels of participation. They will be able to appreciate both theoretical and practical issues underpinning sports coaching. Students will be able to discuss and critically analyse contemporary ideas relevant to the sports coach. They will appreciate the 'real-world' demands of professional coaching. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of contemporary methods of enquiry in the field of sports coaching.


* Written Communication - T/F, A
* Spoken Communication - T/F, A
* Problem Solving - T/F, A
* Working Independently - T/F, A
* Working as part of a group - T/F

Students will study:
* The context of scholarly enquiry in the field of sports coaching.
* The challenges facing scholars in the sports coaching research field.
* Sports coaching as a physical pedagogic approach.
* The theoretical basis of professional coaching - generic coaching, educational principles, legal, moral and ethical responsibilities.
* Current coaching initiatives, employment issues, and support systems.
* Contemporary ideas and problems relevant to the professional coach.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL30154 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AKB10 : BA(Hons) Coach Education & Sports Development with Professional Placement (Year 4)
  • UHHL-AFB11 : BA(Hons) Sport & Social Sciences (Year 3)
  • UHHL-AKB11 : BA(Hons) Sport & Social Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 4)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.