SPCO101-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Introduction to Sport Coaching

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


This course introduces students to the contemporary practice of coaching and recent developments in research and practice in the field. It encourages open attitudes to innovations in coaching and the need for informed reflective practice. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their existing beliefs about coaching and how they dispose them toward recent developments in the field and the growing influence of research on practice. Students will gain knowledge and understanding about relevant aspects of human development and pedagogy with a focus on how to coach for learning rather than what to coach. They will be exposed to the idea of a spectrum of coaching styles from direct instruction to problem solving approaches and how the particular sporting context and sport affects decisions about which approach to take. It involves reflecting upon first hand experience as learners and coaches informed by relevant literature.

In SPCO101 students play sports and games and have fun! Sport coaching is about fun and enjoyment and this course looks to harness this by providing contexts that reflect our sporting passions and are linked to learning.

What previous SPCO101 students have said:

"Made studying that much more exciting and fun!"

"Using the practical sessions, such as the volleyball session, helped to put across the key ideas that we were learning."

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop and articulate a personal coaching philosophy.
2. Examine selected influential human developmental theories and consider the implications of these within sport coaching contexts.
3. Examine and apply basic principles of motor skill learning.
4. Examine and apply the Direct Instruction model of coaching as it applies to sport coaching contexts.
5.  Examine and develop strategies for effective athlete management.
6.  Explore the concept of reflective practice within sport coaching.
7.  Explain Te Reo and tikanga relevant to sport coaching contexts.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 08:00 - 09:00 Haere-roa 118 Ngaio Marsh Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Rec Centre Sports Hall
19 Feb - 31 Mar
02 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 Rec Centre Sports Hall
19 Feb - 31 Mar
03 Tuesday 08:00 - 10:00 Rec Centre Sports Hall
19 Feb - 31 Mar
04 Thursday 13:00 - 15:00 Rec Centre Sports Hall
19 Feb - 31 Mar
Workshop B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Rec Centre Sports Hall
22 Apr - 5 May
13 May - 26 May
02 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 Rec Centre Sports Hall
22 Apr - 5 May
13 May - 26 May
03 Tuesday 09:00 - 11:00 Rec Centre Sports Hall
22 Apr - 5 May
13 May - 26 May
04 Thursday 13:00 - 15:00 Rec Centre Sports Hall
29 Apr - 5 May
13 May - 26 May

Course Coordinator

Chris North


Jackie Cowan


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Online module tests 60% Weekly online module tests. Due date: Ongoing
Weekly workshop engagement 10% Due date: Ongoing
Exam 30% Online exam open from 30-31 May

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Metzler, M. W., & Colquitt, G; Instructional models for physical education ; 4th edition; Routledge, 2021 (e-book).

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to General Course and Examination Regulation J: Dishonest Practice and Breach of Instructions.

Assessment and grading system

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks
A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99

A pass is 50 marks and over.


Due to the carefully planned learning progressions within courses and the workshop type nature of most on-campus classes, all on-campus students are expected to attend all sessions. A role will be taken to determine students attendance. If you have a legitimate reason for missing an on-campus class you are expected to email the course lecturer, catch up on missed work through classmates, view recordings, readings and other supplementary material provided. In special cases, the course lecturer may provide additional support for you. Distance students should watch recorded sessions, and interact with other material provided by their lecturer shortly after it is made available through LEARN or other methods. This will ensure that you do not miss vital information which will allow you to make sense of the course content.


Students will be asked to complete course evaluations, and will have the opportunity to provide feedback during their courses. Surveys are conducted electronically and are confidential. The Faculty of Health will conduct regular graduate surveys.

Grade moderation

All course assessments in the Bachelor of Sport are internally moderated.  A sample of your work may be used as part of this moderation process. Regular examiners meetings monitor the distribution of final grades in courses and adjustments are made if necessary to ensure reasonable consistency and comparability of course grades.

Late submission of work

An assessment is late if it is handed in after the due date, without a formal extension.  If an assessment is submitted after the due date, 5% will be deducted from the final grade for every day the assessment is late.  No assessments will be accepted after a period of 3 days after the due date, unless an extension has been granted.


The award regulations for the Bachelor of Health Sciences can be found within the UC Calendar.  The UC calendar is available online here. The specific award regulations for the degree can be found here.

The Faculty of Health guidelines, which contain specific information regarding the Faculty grading scale, late work, extensions, submission of work, reconsideration of grades, Special Consideration procedures, academic integrity, and moderation of assessment can be found here.

The specific assessment details for each course, including assessment dates, can be found here.

Other specific requirements

All written assessment tasks and presentations must be referenced according to APA convention. (Information relating to APA referencing can be obtained from both the Central and Education Libraries.) Most assignments must be submitted online. Online submission requires students to formally acknowledge that what they are submitting is their own work. Hardcopy submissions must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet (available from the course lecturer).

Requests for extensions

Students who cannot complete assessments by the due date should discuss their situation with the course lecturer  Where circumstances are known in advance, the student should discuss these with the course lecturer at least one week days prior to the assessment due date. In circumstances where this is not appropriate, the student should discuss their situation with the course lecturer as soon as possible.


To pass this course you are required to gain an overall average grade of C- (50%) or better across all assessments. No resubmissions are available for this course.

Special Consideration

Students wishing to apply for Special Consideration should refer to this link for further information.

Partial exemption from assessment

If you are wishing to apply for partial exemption from assessment in a course (e.g. if you are repeating a course and you have previously passed one or more assessments from within the course, and do not wish to write this assessment again) you may apply for this using the form: Application for Partial Exemption from Assessment

Where to submit and collect work

Electronic  Submission via LEARN (all on campus and distance students)
All students must submit their assessment via the online assessment system in the Learn (Moodle) class site, on or before the due date.  All submitted assessment work will be screened by the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism.  There is opportunity for students to submit a draft report to monitor levels of plagiarism prior to the final submission for marking.

It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system.  Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. If you require assistance, please email ictservicedesk@canterbury.ac.nz, or phone 03 369 5000.

Hard Copy Submission for On-Campus Students
Where your course lecturer requires a hardcopy submission, on campus students’ assignments are to be submitted with a cover sheet to the Sport & Physical Education office, (behind the Rec Centre) by 5.00pm, or by the time directed by the course lecturer, on or before the due date. Please use the drop box placed at the entrance to School office. Distance students will receive specific instructions from their course lecturer. Marked assignments will be returned directly from the lecturer.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All SPCO101 Occurrences

  • SPCO101-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024
  • SPCO101-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)