Course Outline

SPX102 Introduction to Coaching Science

Course Coordinator:Robert Buhmann ( School:School of Health and Behavioural Sciences

2022Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course introduces you to the professions of sports coaching and officiating. Lectures cover coaching pedagogy, training principles and an introduction to other sport sciences. Practical sessions will introduce you to basic testing protocols as well as opportunities to practice coaching. Within this course you will also have the chance to participate in a sport-specific coaching course during the designated practical sessions and complete the Australian Sports Commission Play By The Rules (2 modules), Beginning Coaching Certificate, and the Introductory Officiating Certificate.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Pre-recorded concept videos and associated activity. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Laboratory 1 – Labs delivered face to face. 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

  • Introduction to coaching 

  • The role of the coach 

  • The role of the official 

  • Risk management and ethical behaviour 

  • Theory and methodology of training 

  • Training principles 

  • Integrating coaching science and other sport science disciplines 

  • Long term athlete development models 

  • Coaching diverse populations – Masters, females and athletes with disabilities 

  • Socio-cultural issues for coaches 

  • Future trends in sport and coaching 

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Demonstrate competency and understanding of professional conduct, ethics and professional boundaries in relation to dealing with a variety of athletes, sports coaches, and officials. Ethical
2 Demonstrate an understanding of coaching requirements for the training and development of athletes of all ages, and special populations and diverse cultural backgrounds Knowledgeable
3 Apply appropriate methods for teaching sport skills or tactics to diverse populations. Empowered
4 Collaborate and relate with other students in a variety of coaching contexts, including the management and organisation of a group project. Creative and critical thinker
5 Demonstrate effective communication skills. Engaged

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable



Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Task 1a is a set of 4 industry online courses set by the Australian Sports Commission. You can access these 24 hrs a day and get immediate feedback.  Your scores and progress is instantaneous and you can have as many attempts at the online courses as you need to complete these. Each course takes about 20 min to 1hr to complete, and you are advised to do at least one a week during the first 4 weeks of semester.  The courses are marked externally by the Australian Sports Commission.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1a Portfolio Individual 10%
20-60 minutes each
Refer to Format Online Submission
All 1b Portfolio Individual 30%
Lesson plan plus a 10 minute coaching session
Refer to Format In Class
All 2 Report Individual 30%
3 minutes
Week 9 Online Submission
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 30%
2 Hours: Multiple choice and short answers
Exam Period Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1a:Portfolio element A: Coaching and Officiating
This element has been designed to allow you to develop and demonstrate core knowledge of coaching, professional conduct including understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the sports coach and the official and coaching training methods.
Product: Portfolio
​​You will complete 4 on-line Australian Sports Commission (ASC) courses. These include: Play By the Rules (2 modules): Beginning Coaching General Principles and Introductory Level Officiating General Principles. Marks are allocated by providing evidence of completion. 

​Individual on-line completion of all 4 courses. Submit each course’s certificate of completion electronically to Canvas by the end of Week 4
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Evidence of the completion of the modules
1 2
All - Assessment Task 1b:Portfolio element B: Practicial Coaching
Demonstrate effective coaching practice by designing a lesson plan for a one-hour coaching session
Product: Portfolio
Design a lesson plan for a 1 hour coaching session for a sport recognised by the Australian Sports Commission. Deliver a 10 minute skill base section of this coaching session to your fellow students using select drills from your plan. The individual coaching session will be delivered during your tutorial time between Weeks 8 to 13. Lesson plan submitted electronically to Canvas at least 24 hours before your coaching session.​​
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstration of coaching requirements:
1 2
Time management; structured planning; class organisation
Communication skills
Understanding of appropriate methods:
1 2
demonstration and teaching of sports skills; appropriate and effective feedback; skill correction; and for the application of appropriate risk management strategies.
1 2 3 5
Collaboration and management of a group​
All - Assessment Task 2:Report
You will apply and evaluate basic anthropometric and sports science field tests in order to analyse sporting performance and identify potential sporting talent
Product: Report
Students will create an Infographic in Microsoft PowerPoint. Students will also provide narration over the top of this PowerPoint. The time allowed for narration is 3 minutes (absolute maximum, narration continuing beyond this time will be marked). Assignments are to be submitted electronically to Canvas by the end of Week 9. 

The Report will have two specific sections including a graphical presentation that presents your analysis and evaluation of your data together with a clear recommendation section. The Report will also include an Appendix (attachments) which include your complete data set with some comments on the reliability and validity of each of the personal anthropometric and sport science field tests conducted in class. Students will provide a narration over their PowerPoint slide that reiterates written sections of the report.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Analysis of each of the performance tests;
Assessment of their reliability/validity;
Evaluation of sporting strengths and weaknesses;
Recommendations of potentially suitable sport/s based on your performance evaluations;
Professional communication
All - Assessment Task 3:Final Exam
Demonstrate an understanding of the training and preparation of athletes across the lifespan, through a knowledge of coaching, officiating and sports science theory and practice
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
A 2 hour exam consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions. This examination will take place during the Semester 2 Final Examination Period
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Understanding of professional conduct
Knowledge of coaching requirements
Knowledge of training and development of all ages
Knowledge of training and development for special and diverse populations

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.


Period and Topic Activities
Course Introduction 
The Role of the coach and the role of the Official 
Risk management and ethical practice and codes of conduct
Performance Testing 
Talent Identification
Theory & Methodology of Training: Part 1 
Training Principles
Theory and Methodology of Training: Part 2 
Training Capacities
Planning and Programming 
Designing a Training Session
Tutorial “Drop-in” Session
Long Term Athlete Development 
Active Start & 
Long term Athlete Development 
Learning to Train & 
Training to Train
Long Term Athlete Development 
Training to Compete & 
Training to Win
Coaching female athletes 
Coaching pregnant athletes
Coaching for diverse populations
Future trends in sport
Course summary

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Recommended Frank Pyke 2012 Coaching Excellence n/a Human Kinetics

Specific requirements

It is compulsory for all students to wear suitable exercising clothing and covered footwear appropriate for physical activity in practical classes and for all practical sessions. Appropriate sun protection and hydration strategies for all outdoor and practical activities are also the responsibility of the student.​

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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