Course Outline

SPX371 Advanced Coaching Science

Course Coordinator:Mark Sayers ( School:School of Health - Sport and Exercise Science

2024Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

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 advanced coaching skills. You will undertake a critical sports science review and present your findings in both written and oral contexts. These tasks will provide you with the skills to be an effective communicator and qualify you for the Australian Sports Commission Course Presenter certificate. You will also critique and report on your own coaching performances using audio visual technologies. On successful completion of embedded industry courses you will be eligible for Australian Sports Commission certificates in Mentor Training and Assessor Training.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Combination of pre-recorded and other online learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Laboratory 1 – Face-to-face on campus activities designed to develop individual skills and to contextualise the learning materials 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Question and answer session relating to the learning materials 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

  • Roles of the HP Coach & LTAD
  • Coaching Effectiveness
  • Communication
  • Structured Planning
  • Integrated Planning
  • Working with Teams
  • Speed
  • Competition Planning
  • Course Presenter Training

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 Develop mentoring skills and understand the role of mentoring in personal development Empowered
2 Communicate sport science and coaching principles to both scientific and applied audiences Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
3 Interact and work effectively with small groups and colleagues in varied sports contexts Empowered
4 Understanding of the role that exercise plays in individual, community, national and international health Knowledgeable

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”.


SPX102 and SPX203


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

Early feedback is provided via Assessment Task 1

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 Report Individual 25%
400 words
Week 4 Online Submission
All 2a Oral and Written Piece Individual 50%
15 mins
Refer to Format In Class
All 2b Written Piece Individual 25%
Provide feedback for at least 75% of the class presentations
Refer to Format Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Report on your Mentor Circle
To develop your communication and mentoring skills
Product: Report
In the first week of semester we will start developing your skills as a mentor and work towards providing you with a Mentor Training certificate. To that end you will be assigned 1-3 students from the 1st year of our Program as mentees, with whom you will meet (face-to-face or remotely via Zoom, etc.) at least two times and develop a brief report (400 words) which highlights what you have done with your mentor circle and what you have learned about the process. Although it is anticipated that you will maintain contact with your mentees over the course of the semester (perhaps having monthly meeting), this is not part of this assessment.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Evidence that you meet with your mentees at least twice
1 3
Reflection on your experiences and learnings from your mentoring
Development of an appropriate mentoring agreement
All - Assessment Task 2a:Annual Plan Presentation
To demonstrate your understanding of coaching practices and develop your oral presentation skills by presenting an advanced coaching plan for a group of athletes
Product: Oral and Written Piece
Presentations should be of an equivalent professional standard to those delivered at national coaching conferences or similar, including appropriate attire and behaviours. The plan is to be extensive and include macro/microcycle and session specific details. You should be prepared to answer questions about all aspects of the plan.
There will be a 15 minute time limit for the delivery with a further 10 minutes for questions. Strict time frames will be adhered to. The oral delivery must be accompanied by a corresponding PowerPointTM presentation. The PowerPointTM presentation must be submitted via Canvas or to the course convener at least one day prior to the presentation day. Presentations will occur in class over the last 3 weeks of semester. This assessment task is worth 50% of the TFG.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Delivery of presentation – professional elements
2 3
Integration of current best practices from the varioius sport science disciplines
Communication skills
Ability to answer questions
All - Assessment Task 2b:Peer Assessment of Oral Presentations
To demonstrate your ability to assess oral presentations based on research information relating to coaching and/or athlete preparation and training
Product: Written Piece
Feedback will be in the form of a feedback sheet with agreed assessment criteria as identified in class. You will submit this assessment task on the first Tuesday (by 11:59pm) following Week 13 to give you a chance to complete your Week 13 assessments.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
You must develop an inciteful question from at least 75% of the presentations that make up Assessment Task 2a
You must provide feedback from at least 75% of the presentations that make up Assessment Task 2a
Understanding how coaching fits in with exercise to develop health

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

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
Required Australian Sports Commission 2006 Assessor Training Participant Manual Australian Sports Commission Canberra
Required Ian Crawford 2009 Presenter/Facilitator Training Manual Australian Sports Commission Canberra

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. 

Lists of required and recommended readings may be found for this course on its Canvas page. These materials/readings will assist you in preparing for tutorials and assignments, and will provide further information regarding particular aspects of your course.

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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