Sports Coaching: Theory and Practice

Subject EDUC10051 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

The February intensive has a quota of 100 students.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours. Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs/online classes) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison website:


Miss Melanie Nash, Ms Anna Krohn


Education Student Centre
234 Queensberry Street
Call: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to the theoretical and practical aspects of sport and exercise coaching. Through active participation in lectures and movement laboratories, students will develop a basic understanding of training and performance with reference to a variety of groups. Students will also learn how to evaluate and improve their own coaching performance by applying reflective and analytical skills. Topics covered include coaching pedagogy, training principles, session planning, basic concepts of sports science and ethical issues.

Students also have the option to complete the beginning coaching general principles course, and officiating course and a level 2 first aid course.

Learning Outcomes:

Information not available

  • On-line tests related to readings (25 per cent) bi-weekly
  • Coaching unit and rational (50 per cent) (exam period)
  • Presentation (25 per cent) (mid semester)
Prescribed Texts:

Book of readings will be available

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the roles and ethical responsibilities of the coach.
  • Develop strategies to work with parents, officials and sports administrators.
  • Safely conduct a training session, ensuring fun and maximum participation through games and activities.
  • Utilize a range of communication, teaching and behavior management strategies to help athletes learn basic skills and tactics.
  • Demonstrate the content knowledge, understanding and skills needed to design, implement and evaluate programs relevant to specific sport.
  • Cater for the physical and social development of athletes.
  • Demonstrate a high level of interpersonal and communication skills including both written and verbal abilities.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of Australian society, particularly in relation to socioeconomic class, ethnicity, gender and disability.
Links to further information:
Related Breadth Track(s): Leading Community Sport and Recreation

Download PDF version.