Introduction to Sport Coaching Pedagogy
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
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 construct sport coaching sessions and following your coaching placement, reflect on sport coaching practice.
Orientation to Higher Education and Research in Sport and Exercise
The aim of this module is to facilitate a smooth transition into higher education 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 also aims to facilitate the development of 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.
Likely optional modules
Introduction to the Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Skill Acquisition
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the fundamental psychological constructs that underpin 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 currently examined with reference to their implications for sport and exercise behaviour. 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 well-being.
Introduction to Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the biomechanical basis of sport and exercise, through both theoretical and practical experience. The module provides a foundation in the analysis of human movement, covering basic movement terminology, functional anatomy and principles of movement. It aims to apply fundamental biomechanical concepts to the study of human movement in sport and exercise
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the physiology of sport and exercise, through both theoretical and practical experience. The module currently covers key topics in physiology, including energy systems, the process of muscle contraction and the cardio-respiratory system. Laboratory practicals provide the opportunity to explore the physiological effects of these systems during exercise. Overall you will study the anatomy and physiology of gross structures and the responses and adaptations of these structures to sport and exercise training.
Sport Coaching in Context
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
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.
Research Methods in Sport and Exercise
This module 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. The module also aims to develop your ability to critically evaluate and conduct research in sport and exercise science and provides the conceptual underpinnings for a third year individual study.
Likely optional modules
Psychology of Sport
This module examines a range of factors which influence the competitive sport performance of both individual athletes and teams. 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.
Perceptual and Motor Skills in Sport Coaching
This module aims to provide 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 Biomechanics
This module explores selected biomechanical principles that influence physical performance, through applying selected theoretical concepts to sport and exercise contexts. It will also aim to develop your competency in the scientific techniques used to evaluate biomechanical aspects of exercise. This module currently focuses upon 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 includes an analysis of selected sports skills, and further develops your practical laboratory experience and use of selected analysis programs.
Sport and Exercise Training
This module investigates current understanding of selected physiological factors which influence physical performance, and identifies methods used to enhance these factors. The module will explore the physiological determinants of fitness, investigate methods to analyse and interpret the data from specific fitness assessments, and consider the role and limitations of training theory.
Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
This module explores the interaction between nutritional factors and physiological function associated with sport and exercise performance. The module will investigate current thinking on key nutritional principles, investigate methods of data analysis in this field, and explore the efficacy of common dietary practices used in sport and exercise to promote health and performance.
Sport Coaching Excellence
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
This module aims to consider best sport coaching practice, to review, analyse and critically assess professional practice. You will be provided with the opportunity to participate on a coaching placement and to assess, reflect and record professional sport coaching experience and personal practice.
You will undertake one of the following core modules.
Individual Research Project
The module offers the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular topic in the sport and exercise sciences. The module affords 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 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.
Applied Research Study (40 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 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 the your area of study.
Likely optional modules
Applied Sport Psychology
This module provides you with the opportunity to investigate the processes involved in developing, delivering and evaluating a sport psychology intervention. A critical consideration of the evidence-base for sport psychology alongside an understanding of the practical techniques and processes commonly used by sport psychologists will equip you with a well-rounded perspective about the perils and promise of applied sport psychology.
This module focuses on the biomechanics of selected sport skills, including technique analyses, and discussion of the technologies used to develop sports equipment and to evaluate performance and training. Students currently 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.
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.