Core Module Information
Module title: Practical Coaching & Development

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: SES09114
Module leader: Cedric English
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science

Example of equivalent Learning : Admissions requirement : students must have at least a Level 1 coaching certificate (or equivalent)

Description of module content:

You will develop a critical understanding of sports development and community development and how these relate to the coaching process, sports and community development policies and how they relate to sports participation and performance, leadership and management, understanding the role of coaches as educators. A period of coaching will be undertaken with evidence compiled about the coaching process, evaluation of this programme and how a knowledge of relevant theory informs his/her coaching practice. In assessment, critical assessment of coaching and achievement of objectives throughout the experience is essential. Sessions will involve the following: establishing coaching objectives; active reporting; sharing of experiences; systematic behavioural instruments; qualitative & quantitative date collection.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Understand defining principles and structures of coaching practice and how they may influence the coaching process
LO2: Develop an integrated knowledge of selected theoretical concepts, such as sports pedagogy, reflective practice, leadership in sport, athlete-coach relationship and models of effective coaching practice
LO3: Critically observe and recognise effective coaching behaviours and the impact of these behaviours on athlete learning and development.
LO4: Develop practical coaching skills and application of knowledge through the process of active planning, recording and evaluation of an approved coaching practice
LO5: Select and use appropriate theoretical models to critique and reflect upon new and existing skills and experiences.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Cedric English
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be taught using various methods of delivery. In trimester 1, delivery will be face-to-face via a series of lectures and tutorials to develop a basis of theoretical studies and readings (LO1 and LO2). A series of case studies and scenarios will support the application of theory to real world practice. This material will be assessed through the presentation of an interview with a lead coach practitioner together with an edited video and report highlighting good practice. The module will also support the students in their learning and assessment by way of group tutorials and through an on-line presence, by way of discussion forum.

In trimester 2, the theoretical studies and readings (LO1 and LO2) will establish the boundaries and constraints of an approved coaching practice (LO3 and LO4). Following submission of an approved coaching plan, you will undertake 30 hours of coaching practice. Experiential assessments will develop your skills in integration of theory and practice and their relationship to the authentic coaching environment (LO3 - LO5).

Formative Assessment:
In week 9 you will be expected to submit a plan, which should be designed considering the main components of the athlete-centred coaching process, including suitable goals for the proposed coaching practice. The objective of this formative assessment is to inform and prepare your coaching practice that will be undertaken in trimester 2. Additional formative evaluation of students’ understanding of various structures and principles underpinning athlete-centred coaching process will occur throughout the module by way of group tutorials and online forum discussions.

In weeks 22 and 25 you will submit a 10 min video recording of your coaching practice accompanied by a 500-word reflective commentary which should critically appraise your coaching practice. These formative assessments will feed forward to the both components of summative assessment 2, which will be submitted in trimester 2.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessments will take place at the end of Trimester 1 and 2.

In week 13 you will be expected to submit an edited video of a lead coach conducting a coaching session in a sport of your choice. The edited video will be 30 minutes long and will contain commentary highlighting good practice and associated rationale, together with a one-to-one interview. Alongside the edited video you will also be expected to submit a 1500 words report based on the video session and interview highlighting theoretical application to effective coaching practice. The video/audio recordings and written reflective essays will be submitted via Moodle in order for feedback to be provided.

At the end of trimester 2 you will be expected to complete a summative assessment made up of two parts.
In week 27, the first part will be submitted and will involve a 10-15 min presentation followed by a 10-15 min question and answer session. During the presentation you will expected to use relevant academic literature when describing, evaluating and reflecting on your 30 hour coaching practice. You should identify effective coaching behaviours in your practice and the impact of these behaviours on athlete learning and development. The feedback received from the formative assessments will assist you prepare for the presentation.

Following the presentation, the second part, the reflective essay, will be submitted in week 28. This reflective essay is a culmination of works submitted formatively in weeks 22 and 25. In this essay, you will be expected to use appropriate theoretical models to critique and reflect upon new and existing skills and experiences that occurred throughout the course of your 30 -hour coaching placement. The reflective essay will be enhanced by feedback from two formative assessments and the presentation.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 15
Other Work based learning 60
Independent Learning Guided independent study 273
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 30
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Assessment 30 1,2 & 3 13 HOURS= 0.5, WORDS= 0
Report 20 1, 2 & 3 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Oral Presentation 30 1,2,3,4 & 5 27 HOURS= 0.25, WORDS= 0
Essay 20 1,2,3,4 &5 28 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES09114 Practical Coaching and Development