Available in 2017, 2018
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills related to sports coaching. Students will analyze the principles and practices of sports coaching and sports psychology in relation to individual and team sports. Students will explore the coaching issues embedded in the NSW syllabi and address the roles and responsibilities of coaches in the school setting. Advanced principles of motor skill acquisition will also be explored in this course. This course additionally focuses on how to improve sports performance utilizing sport psychology.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of sports coaching;

2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of advanced motor skill acquisition;

3. demonstrate sports coaching skills which are responsive to the characteristics of individuals;

4. become familiar with recent research regarding coaching principles and sports psychology, in team and individual sports.


Introduction to sports coaching in schools

Sports coaching responsibilities and coaching interventions

Advanced principles of motor skill acquisition

Applied first aid for sports coaches

Coaching individuals with physical disabilities

Technology and sports coaching in the 2 Unit PDHPE syllabus

Sports nutrition for sports coaches

Injury prevention for sports coaches

Psychology and sports performance

Mental preparation for sport

Motivation and goal-setting to improve sports performance

Concentration and attention training to improve sports performance

Sport psychology and the injured athlete

Assessment items

Essay: Essay

Proposal / Plan: Plan / Program

In Term Test: Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks