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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Sport Coaching

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc/PGDip/PGCert
Programme title Sport Coaching
Programme code PSPT34/PSPT44
Length of programme he programme is available on a full-time and/or part-time basis. The minimum period of study for the award of MSc is twelve months full-time, or twenty-four calendar months part-time.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/departments/sport/sportcoaching/

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:05:16 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • The MSc in coaching aims to support the continuing professional development of sports coaches and those working in closely related fields by.
  • Further developing skills of analysis and critical reflection and their application to professional practice.
  • Further developing a capacity for integrating elements of the coaching process.
  • Extending problem solving skills and innovative solutions to coaching problems.
  • The critical use of research evidence to underpin coaching practice thus providing opportunities for in-depth study and dissemination of selected elements of sports specific knowledge.
  • Further enhancing a critical awareness of the social and ethical factors impinging on coaching practice.
  • Extending the capacity to manage the coaching process.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • Subject Benchmark Statement (Unit 25 : Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism)
  • The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
  • UK Coaching Certificate Level 4/Postgraduate Benchmarking Statements

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of : 

  • Devising, leading and implementing cutting edge coaching solutions.
  • The concept of coaching as a complex multi-layered process through which sports performance is improved
  • Delivery and evaluation of continuing professional development within the coaching process
  • The importance of self-reflection and its impact upon the coaching process
  • Organisational and managerial aspects of performance management
  • The scientific nature of sports coaching and how to apply the theory behind principles of training and sports performance to impact athlete and coach performance
  • Coaching as a research informed profession
  • Current legislation and policies underpinning the coaching process

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • Analyse relevant theory and make links with personal professional practice
  • Critically and reflectively analyse their professional practices and their implications for performer enhancement.
  • Make links between their own personal learning and enhanced athlete learning and performance. 
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Compile an annual plan for coaching based on sound scientific principles and evaluate that plan.
  • Develop mechanisms for evaluation of own coaching performance.
  • Assess areas of coaching strengths and weaknesses and construct personal programmes for development.
  • Identify areas of practice that could benefit from small-scale research: design conduct and evaluate an appropriate study. (MSc and post-graduate diploma only).
  • Employ training principles within and apply coaching theory to coaching placement and workplace in order to improve practice.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • Communicate effectively orally, electronically and in writing;
  • Determine through a process of analysis and observation learning needs of both self and athletes.
  • Raise the standards of learning and performance in both themselves and their athletes
  • Organise and manager personal study efficiently and effectively, particularly where distance and part-time study are involved.
  • Use IT effectively as both a learning and communication tool
  • Work confidently both as an individual and as part of a team both on the course and in the work place
  • Work independently and use available support and resources strategically and effectively.

4. Programme structure

In the following table, ‘C’ indicates a compulsory module and ‘O’ indicates an optional module

 

Code

Module title

Modular weight

Semester

Compulsory or

Optional

PSP001

Research Methodologies and Methods

15

1

O1

PSP701†

The Learning Coach: Coaching Philosophy, Research and Practice

15

1

C

PSP702†

The Coaching Process: Concepts and Application

15

1

C

PSP705†

Physiology of Sport for Sport Coaches

10

1

C

PSP706†

Psychology of Sports Coaching

10

1

C

PSP002

Quantitative Research

15

2

O2

PSP003

Qualitative Research

15

2

O2

PSP203†

Practitioner Research

30

2

O1

PSP700*

Project: MSc Sport Coaching

60

2

C

PSP703†

The Coaching Process: Pedagogy and Practice

15

2

C

PSP704†

Coach Development and Mentoring

15

2

C

PSP707†

Sports Biomechanics for Coaches

10

2

C

 *Candidates undertaking a Project need formal approval of a research proposal by the Programme Director and an agreed Supervisor.  It is expected that candidates registered for PSP700 will be nearing completion of 120 credits before embarking on their research. 

†Partially by Distance Learning (30%) and PSP203 (50%)

 1Full time candidates must study PSP001. Part time candidates must study PSP203

 2 Full time candidates must select either PSP002 or PSP003

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XXI for candidates who have the right of re-examination to be reassessed in the University’s Special Assessment Period where modules allow.

 

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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