SPCO201-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Athlete-Centred Coaching 1

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


This course engages students with cutting edge research in the development of exciting and effective innovations in coaching that are athlete-centred, inquiry-based and growing in popularity across the globe. Students will gain a working knowledge of the philosophical assumptions, contemporary learning theory and pedagogical developments underpinning this coaching approach. Theory and practice is linked in the learning process by having students critically reflect upon their own experiences as coaches and learners, engage in dialogue as active learners and reading the relevant literature.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this paper students will be able to:
1. Articulate sound comprehension of what athlete-centred coaching is, its aims, and the principles underpinning it, and compare and contrast it with other approaches.
2. Authentically implement the athlete-centred approach and evaluate it by comparing to other approaches through critical reflection on experiences as coach and learner informed by the relevant literature.
3. Articulate and discuss the importance of, and challenges involved with, questioning in athlete-centred approaches and compare this to the way feedback is used in other approaches or models.
4. Identify and discuss the learning theory and assumptions about human learning that underpin athlete-centred approaches to coaching and compare to motor learning theory and other theory that more traditional approaches draw on.
5. Critically reflect on and explain the implications of upholding the Treaty of Waitangi in sport and educational settings.
6. Further demonstrate development and implementation of Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga as this relates to the SNZ Community Sport Coaching Development Plan and the SNZ High Performance Coach Development Plan and the New Zealand Curriculum (2007).


Any 60 points at 100 level from any subject.

Course Coordinator

Glenn Fyall


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
On-line Test 21 Aug 2020 40% On-line test (LO's 1, 3, 4)
Research, Plan, Deliver & Reflect on a Games-Based ACC session. 11 Sep 2020 30% Session plan (LO 2)
On-line Test 16 Oct 2020 30% On-line test (LO's 4, 5, 6)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* 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.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All SPCO201 Occurrences

  • SPCO201-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020
  • SPCO201-20S2 (D) Semester Two 2020 (Distance)