Topics covered during the course will include: player/athlete development, mechanisms for coach professional learning, digital technologies, models-based practice (including models such as Cooperative Learning, Sport Education and Teaching Games for Understanding), and contemporary social and political issues for youth sport. In addition, modules will address research methods to prepare students for conducting fieldwork for their dissertation.
Research Methodology in Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
This module will develop your research skills within the broad area of sport. It will cover the practical usage and critical analysis of methodologies providing an essential understanding of conducting research in the field. Through this module you will gain an in depth understanding of coaches as research-led practitioner’s. The module also provides the grounding for the masters’ dissertation research.
This module examines key aspects of coaching practice through the theoretical lens of ‘pedagogy’. In particular, it focusses on ‘advanced pedagogies’ which frames practice in 3 areas: knowledge in context; diverse learners and learning; and career-long professional enquiry.
Delivery: On Campus
Player and Participant Development
This module develops the theory and applied practice in the coaching and participation process. Drop out and issues of sports ‘membership’ will be analysed from the viewpoint of participants, coaches and sports administrators. The theory and application of sport science in assisting and improving coaching methodology will also be covered including areas such as motor learning, biomechanics and psychology.
Delivery: On Campus
Innovation in Professional Development
The aim of the module is to allow participants to evaluate current personal and professional development within the context of their professional role. It seeks to progress and enhance critically reflective skills through linking theory with practice, and developing informed strategies to support own and others’ professional development and learning within the workplace. Drawing from contemporary adult learning theories, the module will address the challenges of professional learning in multiple contexts, and the need to think more critically (and creatively) in supporting learner development.
Delivery: On Campus
Wellbeing in Education Based Settings
This module offers an introduction to the theory and research behind wellbeing in education-based settings. The module will examine interventions in sports clubs, in higher education, and in broader educational contexts (e.g. sport). It will explore the broader policy context(s) and interface between education policy and practice through exploring: the changing roles of coaches; professional responsibilities and expectations in different education contexts; identification of need and help-seeking behaviours of athletes; the support structures in sports organisations; wellbeing and harm prevention; mental health and wellbeing strategies; and the range of interventions within different settings. The module will have an interdisciplinary and international focus
Digital Practice in Sport, Exercise and Health
In this module, students will examine: the professional learning needs of practitioners using digital technologies, the ethical implications presented by digital technologies, the applications of digital technologies in sport, exercise and health contexts, and the outcomes associated with digital technologies in sport, exercise and health. During this module, students will review existing evidence on the digital technologies relevant to their sport, exercise and health context to identify the professional learning needs of practitioners to use and apply digital technologies
In this module you will integrate the areas covered in the taught modules within the programme. You will propose a research project, submit ethics, undertake and write up a piece of academic empirically based research relevant to your area of practice and interests in coaching.