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Applying Coaching Science (EDUC30070)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeEDUC30070
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject explores the complex educational relationship between, coach, athlete, coaching program and professional context, and encourages students to develop an open and reflective approach to their own coaching practice. It offers a deeper insight into the theory and practice of sports coaching highlighting the pedagogical and scientific concepts underpinning good coaching practice. It addresses key issues such as: positioning the athlete as a learner; instructional methods and reflection; how analysis of ability informs selection; and how the various sports science sub-disciplines can be used to enhance athletic performance. Students will be expected to apply the theoretical knowledge learnt in this subject through the development, implementation and evaluation of coaching programs that they have designed for their specific sport, or activity setting.

The subject is ideal for students who have completed EDUC10051 Sports coaching: theory and practice, and would like to extend and enhance their skills, or for those with coaching experience. However, these are not prerequisites as the skills learned are applicable on and off the sporting field.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Understand the importance of sports science sub-disciplines and their use in modern coaching;
  • Interpret scientific test data to assess the strengths and weaknesses of an athlete;
  • Understand the importance of recovery and provide strategies to ensure that athletes are not over trained;
  • Develop and critically defend a periodised training program;
  • Utilize performance analysis tools to assess the demands of training and competition.

Generic skills

Examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
Expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
Have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
Have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Research Article Reviews - 3 x 400 word Written Reviews; weighted equally; (1200 words in total) due early semester (30%)
  • Case Study - Essay (1600 words)due mid semester (40%)
  • Sport Selection Methodology and Talent Identification - Report (1200 words)due end of semester (30%)

Hurdle requirement: Minimum of 80% attendance at all scheduled lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAnna Krohn
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019