Core Module Information
Module title: Work Based Learning in Elite Sport

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

Module code: SES09120
Module leader: Hollie Fountain
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science

To study this module you will need the learning equivalent :
UKCC Level 3 or equivalent qualification

Description of module content:

This module is based on a relationship between you, your academic support and your stakeholder/mentor. You will be taught various processes of appraising the strengths and weaknesses of your own practice, and the practice of others. As a part of your contact time you will be taught key models and theories associated with contemporary themes in coaching practice. You will also be given opportunities for peer learning and observation, to view and critique the application of these in practice. The module aims to support your professional development through enhancing your competencies and understanding of the application of theory into a work-based environment. The content will enhance your skills in relation to developing evidence based practice and informed decision making to be more effective as a development practitioner.

The portfolio will track your development through the conceptualisation of an agreed professional issue or areas of development. You will engage in a process of information gathering and evaluation, concept testing and critical reflective practice underpinned by professional knowledge, skills and attitudes, and act as a focus for continuous professional development.

Learning, which occurs as a result of you engaging in experiences and activities within your workplace, will be critically analysed, evaluated and recorded to demonstrate professional development.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Apply a 360 approach to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your own development environment.
LO2: Examine the relationship between key contemporary themes associated with coaching craft (e.g. communication, behaviour, coach-athlete relationship).
LO3: Utilise a problem-solving approach to observe and recognise effective communication behaviours, both by yourself and others, and the impact of these behaviours on athlete learning and development
LO4: Evaluate and verify your professional and personal developmental needs with selected coaching themes/models to enhance individual practice.
LO5: Select and apply appropriate theoretical models to critique and reflect upon new and existing skills and experiences.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
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:
Learning & Teaching Methods (including their alignment to Learning Outcomes)
This module is a student-centred learning module, tailored, through negotiation, to your area of practice. This module will be taught in a blended format, including both face-to-face and online content. Face-to-face delivery will be in the form of workshops, and include both tutor and peer-led discussions. You will be introduced to contemporary academic literature and theoretical concepts relating to the craft of coaching (LO1 +2). Active learning experiences (i.e. peer observations) will also be facilitated within these workshops (LO3). The online delivery will support practitioners on an individual basis throughout the course of the module, as well as offer content relevant for the group as a whole (i.e. theoretical models of reflection, LO4+5). The module will also aim to develop online communities of students to discuss and share experiences.

You will agree with your employer / mentor and a University based academic, a personal set of learning outcomes and complete a Learning Agreement, indicating how your learning outcomes will be achieved over the course of the module. The Learning Agreement must be approved prior to embarking upon its implementation.

As part of the formal assessment a proposal will be developed to conceptualise the work to be addressed and how the project will be undertaken by reflecting on the appropriate theoretical models (LO2). Finally, a portfolio of evidence will be developed to demonstrate reflection on their practice and evidence of effective engagement with the work-based learning process (LO2, 4, & 5).

Formative Assessment:
The Learning Agreement will form a formative assessment for this module, to be completed by week 4 and will outline your personal learning outcomes. The objective of this exercise is to provide alignment between your personal learning outcomes and the module learning outcomes.

Throughout trimester 1, in weeks 9 and 12 you will provide a learning log which consists of 1.) video/audio evidence, accompanied by 2.) a structured, written evaluation of your professional practice within your environment. The learning logs will focus on evidencing and reporting on your chosen area of development (outlined in your personal learning outcomes), and will be used to check and enhance understanding of the chosen topic area and learning process. The video/audio recordings and written evaluations will be submitted via Moodle in order for feedback to be provided.

Summative Assessment:
In week 16 a 10-15 min video recorded presentation will be submitted. The presentation will cover your agreed area of learning which has been explored in the previous 15 weeks of the module. Your presentation will include your work-to-date (tracking the initial stages of the reflective process) and will be supplemented by using appropriate theoretical models. You will also be expected to reference peer reviewed literature to support your practice to date. The objective of the presentation is to check your progression, theoretical and applied understanding of your chosen area of development, and alignment with agreed leaning outcomes.

The presentation will be enhanced by feedback provided from the formative learning agreement submitted in week 3 and the learning logs submitted in weeks 9 and 12.
You will receive feedback in order to enhance all elements of your final Learning Portfolio.

The learning portfolio consists of the following elements:

Two learning logs which consist of 1.) video/audio evidence, accompanied by 2.) a structured, written evaluation of your professional practice within your environment.
A 2000 word reflective commentary that documents your learning experience throughout the module. This portfolio is a culmination of works submitted formatively in weeks 4, 9, and 12, and will be guided by the summative presentation from week 16. You will be expected to use theory and literature to formulate this piece, and use models of reflective practice to structure your work. The portfolio should clearly demonstrate how the agreed areas of development were conceptualised and addressed. It should also explicitly outline the steps and strategies taken to critically enhance individual practice and how these strategies were developed and implemented.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 28
Online Guided independent study 32
Other Work based learning 100
Independent Learning Guided independent study 240
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 40 1,2,3 & 4 16 HOURS= 0.15, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 60 4 & 5 28 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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