SPCO302-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)

Skill Acquisition in Sport

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


Research led but grounded in practice, this course engages students with some of the most recent and cutting edge developments in sport coaching that have sought to apply the wide range of benefits evident in athlete-centred approaches to coaching team sports to individual sports and coaching other physical activities. It engages students with approaches to applying the holistic and humanistic pedagogical principles of athlete centred coaching in team games such as Game Sense to individual, technique-intensive sports such as swimming and athletics. Specifically, it draws on the concept of Positive Pedagogy informed by the pedagogical features of Game Sense adapted to individual sports, Positive Psychology and the work on positive approaches to promoting health and well-being. It engages students with the most recent developments in this field while providing experience through practical sessions as learners and coaches with assessment structured around reflections on this experience informed by the literature.

Learning Outcomes

1. Outline and discuss an ecological psychology framework used to guide athlete-centred approaches to coaching skill performers and individuals in sports.
2. Identify and discuss the challenges involved when coaches attempt to adopt an athlete-centred approach to coaching individuals.
3. Plan and implement an athlete-centred approach to coaching skill through collaboration with others in a coaching team.
4. Analyse and critically reflect upon coaching performance for improvement


Any 60 points at 100 level from any subject, or
any 15 points at 100 level from SPCO.

Course Coordinator

Sarah-Kate Millar


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Written Assessment 03 Apr 2024 30% Critique of coaching a selected skill, 1200 words. Learning outcomes 1 and 2.
Practical Coaching 31 May 2024 30% Design a 20min coaching session for an individual sportsperson. Learning outcome 3.
Written Assessment 10 Jun 2024 40% Reflect on your designed and coached session plan, including proposed changes in relation to literature, 2000 words. Learning outcomes 1, 4 and 5

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.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All SPCO302 Occurrences

  • SPCO302-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024
  • SPCO302-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)