Course Outline

SPX305 Athlete Coach and Club Welfare

Course Coordinator:David Jenkins ( School:School of Health and Behavioural Sciences

2022Semester 2


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


In this online course, you will increase your knowledge and understanding of the concepts and theories underpinning athlete and coach welfare at both the elite and community level.  You will further your understanding of factors influencing athlete and coach wellness and identify, analyse and evaluate the various support structures in place within sports organisations as well as the potential impact of such organisations’ policies on athlete and coach welfare.  You will also be introduced to the notion of club culture; the factors that may contribute to it or erode it and management and communication strategies which positively develop sporting clubs.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth 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 Critically analyse the impacts of sporting clubs and the effects on individuals, communities and society. Sustainability-focussed
2 Research and identify issues relating to athlete, coach and officials well-being and recommendations for sporting clubs Engaged
3 Analyse issues affecting club management in communities and make and justify recommendations to address these issues. Engaged
4 Communicate information about sporting club management through written and multi-media modes 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

An integral component of your completion of the first assessment task (Literature Review) will require you to negotiate your topic with the lecturer. This process (which must be completed during Week 3) will allow the provision of early feedback on your engagement with the learning materials and general progress in the course.

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 1 Literature Review (or component) Individual 25%
1500 words
Week 5 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Report Individual 25%
1500 words
Week 9 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Individual 50%
8-10 mins
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Literature Review
You will investigate and analyse issues relating to athlete/coach/official wellness and critically analyse the issues contributing to athlete and coach wellness.
Product: Literature Review (or component)
1500 words - Individual Essay You will negotiate a topic relevant to issues contributing to athlete and coach wellness and/or volunteer coach/official recruitment and retention with your course coordinator. You will draw from at least 8 evidence-based, peer-reviewed journal articles (from 2007 to the present year). The review must follow APA literature review guidelines in terms of the style, format, referencing and layout.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identification and critical analysis of key issues affecting athlete wellbeing
Critical appraisal and evaluation of literature within the chosen topic
Recommendations for practice
Academic Integrity – referencing using APA
Assessment criteria are mapped to the course learning outcomes.
1 2 3 4
All - Assessment Task 2:Interview
This task has been designed to support your advancing knowledge of club management. You will interview a sporting club official to ascertain information about the recruitment and retention of coaches and officials within the club (voluntary or paid). In a written report, you will explain the club's recruitment and retention situation and make recommendations for improvement.
Product: Report
1500 words - Professional report developed from interview data You will choose a sporting club official to interview. You will create questions aimed at eliciting information about coach and official recruitment and retention. These questions will be discussed with your lecturer prior to you interviewing your subject. Using the data collected from the interview, you will write a report outlining the sporting club's approach to recruitment and retention and make commendations and recommendations on how they might enhance this aspect of their club's administration.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Background research – supporting quality questions
Analysis of interview data
Critical analysis of the impact of club management on (individual, community, society)
Justification of recommendations
Written communication of information
Academic Integrity - using APA conventions
All - Assessment Task 3:Situational Analysis Multi-Media Presentation
The goal is to conduct a situational analysis of a sporting club and present your findings and recommendations in an 8-10 minute multi-media presentation.
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
2000 words equivalent, 8-10 minute presentation - Professional video presentation You are to adopt the role of a consultant to conduct a situational analysis of a sporting club. You will be provided with a club scenario to analyse. You will develop substantiated recommendations to improve the club's culture and organisational viability. There are resources available for you on Blackboard.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identification and explanation of key influences and issues relevant to the club;
Evaluation and selection of appropriate and realistic strategies applicable to the given context and the given audience;
Justification of recommendations provided and explained
Communication of situational analysis and recommendations through multi-media modes
Academic Integrity – referencing using APA

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.

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

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Standard sport and exercise clothing requirements

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

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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