Introduction to Sport Coaching Pedagogy (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the fundamental principles of pedagogy in relation to sport coaching as a process. You will engage with a variety of learning theories and coaching styles that underpin coaching practice and the development of a coaching philosophy.
Introduction to Sport Coaching Practice (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to sport coaching practice and consider the application of learning theory and coaching styles. You will examine how to plan, deliver and evaluate sport coaching sessions and following your coaching placement, reflect on sport coaching practice.
Orientation to Higher Education and Research in the Sport and Exercise Sciences (20 credits)
This module facilitates a smooth transition into Higher Education (HE) and the challenges it presents by building on your pre-existing skills, enabling you to become more independent and self-managed in your approach to study, learning and time management. The module covers developments skills and techniques used in the study of sport and exercise. It will identify a variety of methods by which research is conducted in sport and exercise science and will provide the opportunity for you to develop a scientific approach to your studies. You will have your personal academic tutoring initially aligned with the content of this module.
Research Methods and Career Skills Development (20 credits)
You will explore alternative approaches to research in sport and exercise science, and the philosophies and practices associated with each. The research process will be explored from conceptualisation through to presentation. Accordingly, you will develop an understanding of how to design research, collect, analyse, and interpret data, and present research in an appropriate manner. This module develops your ability to critically evaluate and conduct research in sport coaching science and provides the conceptual underpinnings for a third year individual study. It also supports the development of fundamental skills utilised in the sport coaching industry.
Sport Coaching in Context (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to provide an understanding the principles of sport coaching which apply to a variety of different populations. There will be an emphasis on understanding child development and recognising individual differences for participation and performance. There will be a focus on the relationships inherent in the coaching process, in particular the coach athlete relationship, and a consideration for various approaches to sport coaching.
The Sport Coach in Action (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to explore how coaching principles apply to a range of populations using a variety of approaches to coaching. You will engage with and examine applied coaching through practical lectures and your placement. There will be a further opportunity to use reflective practice to understand coaching behaviour.
Sport Coaching Excellence (20 credits)
This module aims to provide an opportunity to explore critical issues in Sport Coaching Science and appreciate expertise in sport coaching and the development of the coach as a professional. You will examine current practices in relation to coach education, career development and lifestyle management and particular reference will be made to the coach as a mentor and role model.
The Expert Sport Coach (40 Credits)
This module aims to consider best sport coaching practice, to review, analyse and critically assess professional sports coaching with expert coaches. You will be provided with the opportunity to participate on a coaching placement and to critically assess, reflect and record professional sport coaching experience and personal practice.
You will undertake one of the following core modules.
Applied Research Study (40 credits)
The module offers the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular topic in the sport coaching science. The module gives you an opportunity to build upon your knowledge, understanding and skills developed in years one and two, and a vehicle by which to further explore the use of quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies used within the discipline. You will design, carry out, analyse and write up an individual research project under the supervision of a member of the academic staff with teaching responsibilities and/or research interests in your area of study.
Individual Research Project (20 credits)
The module offers the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular topic in the sport coaching science. The module gives you an opportunity to build upon your knowledge, understanding and skills developed in years one and two, and a vehicle to further explore the use of quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies used within the discipline. You will conduct a literature review and propose a research project under the supervision of a member of the academic staff with teaching responsibilities and/or research interests in your area of study.
Likely optional modules
Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise (20 credits)
This module introduces you to the biomechanical basis of sport and exercise, through practical laboratory experiences underpinned by scientific theory. The module provides a foundation in the analysis of human movement, covering basic movement terminology, functional anatomy and principles of movement. The module utilises laboratory work to apply fundamental biomechanical concepts to the study of human movement in sport and exercise.
Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Skill Acquisition (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the fundamental psychology that underpins our understanding of human behaviour and learning in sport and exercise settings. Central concepts such as personality, attributions, aggression, motivation, arousal, anxiety and stress are examined with reference to behaviour in the sport, exercise, and the physical activity setting. The nature and development of groups and the influence of group dynamics on individual behaviour are also explored, along with cognitive processes involved in skill acquisition and performance, and the relationships between exercise participation and health and wellbeing.
Sport and Exercise Physiology (20 credits)
The module introduces key topics in physiology, including energy systems, the process of muscle contraction and the cardiorespiratory system. Laboratory practical work provides the opportunity to explore the physiological effects of these systems during exercise. Overall students will study the anatomy and physiology of gross structures and the responses and adaptations of these structures to sport and exercise training. This module also extensively uses our state-of-the-art laboratories to enhance learning through a practical experience.
Sport, Culture and Society (20 credits)
An understanding of sociology can be very useful in order to study and investigate sport, culture and society. Your experience will begin by exploring the historical development and management of modern sport from its folk roots. A number of social factors in sport such as gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and disability are then studied encouraging an understanding of the social problems and social issues associated with sport. Various theories that can help conceptualise sport and exercise as a social phenomenon are then examined in relation to globalisation, national identity, deviance, the media and the environment which help to develop a critical sociological approach to sport, physical education and leisure.
Sport, Exercise and Fitness (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to explore the nature of sport and exercise training for fitness through theoretical and practical (laboratory and gym) experiences. This module will introduce you to the concept of exercise training specificity in relation to those with either sport and/or fitness orientated goals, and will provide a firm foundation for those seeking employment in the fitness industry.
Biomechanical Analysis of Movement (20 credits)
Biomechanical principles that influence physical performance are explored in this module. Through the application of selected theoretical concepts to sport and exercise contexts you will develop your competency in the scientific techniques used to evaluate biomechanical aspects of exercise. This module currently focuses on biomechanical principles of motion (conservation of momentum, impulse-momentum relationship, work-energy relationship), covering topics such as linear and angular kinematics and kinetics, forces and impulse, loading and injury, projectile motion, and fluid dynamics. It also includes an analysis of selected sports skills, and further develops your practical laboratory experience and use of selected analysis programs.
Nutrition for Sport and Exercise (20 credits)
This module explores the interaction between nutritional factors and physiological function associated with sport and exercise performance. The module investigates current thinking on key nutritional principles, investigates methods of data analysis in this field, and explores the efficacy of common dietary practices used in sport and exercise to promote health and performance.
Psychology of Sport (20 credits)
A range of factors influence the competitive sport performance of both individual athletes and teams, this module aims to explore these factors to understand, promote and enhance sport performance. Psychological phenomena currently addressed on the module include individual motivation, confidence and anxiety and such social psychological processes as group motivation and cohesion, the nature of the group environment and the components of effective leadership.
Skill Acquisition (20 credits)
There are many roles within the sport sector which require well-qualified people to teach, develop and enable others to successfully execute skilled movements. This module provides insight into some of the factors which influence the acquisition and performance of perceptual and motor skills in sport. You will develop an understanding of selected cognitive and ecological methodologies to skilled performance. These theoretical approaches to skill acquisition will be used to critique the design and organisation of current coaching practice.
Sport and Exercise Training (20 credits)
Selected physiological factors which influence physical performance are identified in this module, and methods used to enhance these factors are investigated in the context of both sport and exercise. The module explores the physiological determinants of fitness, investigates technology and methods to collect, analyse and interpret the data from specific fitness assessments, and considers the role and limitations of training theory.
Applied Sport Psychology (20 credits)
The module offers the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular topic in the sport and exercise sciences. The module affords an opportunity to build upon knowledge, understanding and skills developed in years one and two. You will design, carry out, analyse and write up an individual research project under the supervision of a member of the academic staff with teaching responsibilities and/or research interests in the student’s area of study.
Applied Technique Analysis (20 credits)
This module focuses on the analysis of technique with distinct focus on the technologies used to develop sports equipment and to evaluate performance and training. Students will critically appraise selected sports skills, sports footwear, with consideration of sport specific injuries, culminating in an evaluation of a sporting performance underpinned by appropriate theory and research in biomechanics.
Sporting Extremes (20 credits)
This module will consider specific aspects of exercise physiology associated with selected sporting extremes and their potential impact upon an individual’s ability to perform strenuous physical exercise. These currently include the physiological considerations of participating in sport and exercise at extremes of age and environmental conditions, as well as some of the physiological parameters governing the limits of human training/performance capacity.