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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 23/05/2022 14:14:21

Title of Module: Supervised Experience in Sport Coaching 1

Code: SPOR11020 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Hayley  McEwan

Summary of Module

In Supervised Experience in Sport Coaching 1, you will work closely with a supervisor to develop a needs analysis and learning plan for you as a sport coach. You will engage in work-based learning (WBL) in a coaching role relevant to your development. As part of your learning, this module will prepare you to address any of the sport science disciplines or a pedagogical area in your chosen coaching role. You will be embedded within your chosen coaching context allowing you to choose a professionally relevant sport science-related or pedagogical area to develop.  You will work with a supervisor to develop reflection and critical thinking in relation to your own learning aligned with your personal, professional and academic interests and needs.

You will be provided with opportunities to observe and apply skills in the discipline areas within sport science (e.g., sport psychology, sport conditioning, performance analysis) and pedagogy, to find innovative and creative solutions to coaching problems. This investigation will be completed with a view to informing future research in the programme of study.

This work-based learning module can either be situated with your existing employer or an alternative employer. For students who are not currently working, placements can be accessed to enable you to gain experience in your chosen role with one of our partners. UWS collaborates with a number of sports organisations all of whom have provided WBL opportunities to our students (e.g. professional sports teams and organisations, Sports Performance Schools, and National Governing Bodies of Sport).

  • Work-based learning

  • Sport Science

  • Pedagogy

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:




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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
Term 1check markTerm 2


Term 3


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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Identify personal and professional objectives within a work-based learning setting which address a sport science or pedagogical area for development aligned to strategic organisation/professional demands.

L2. Critically analyse relevant theories, frameworks and principles in consideration of application to coaching practice.

L3. Critically appraise, drawing upon relevant academic concepts, reflective models and appropriate theories, how the knowledge and practical skills gained build upon current practice competence and how these have been applied to manage complexity.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 11.

Critical understanding of relevant theories, frameworks and principles in consideration of application to coaching practice.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Using a range of specialised skills and practices that can contribute towards creative solutions to complex coaching problems.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to issues which are at the forefront of coaching practice.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Communication, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Exercising substantial autonomy and initiative in professional activities.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The Supervised Experience modules 1 and 2 form the basis for the MSc Sport Coaching and takes a work-based learning (WBL) approach. You will be situated in a coaching context and will be supported by an academic supervisor with skills in the sport science or pedagogy area you select. The specific focus of learning will be negotiated with the academic supervisor in relation to your practice and the WBL learning provider's objectives. For every hour of practice you engage in, you can build one hour of preparation time and one hour of reflection into your WBL hours.

Supervision will be provided both in person and online, individually and in groups. Supervisors will create communities of practice with small groups of students where coaching problems and issues are shared with peers for the mutual benefit of the group's learning. Supervisors will provide direct input to the student's WBL through activities such as discussion, observation, feedback on progress blogs, and provision of learning tools.

Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Work Based Learning/Placement 100
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity19
Asynchronous Class Activity17
Independent Study64
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Thelwell, R., Harwood, C., and Greenlees, I. (2017). The Psychology of Sport Coaching. Abingdon: Routledge

Knowles, Z. (2014), Reflective Practice in the Sport and Exercise Sciences: Contemporary Issues. Abingdon: Routledge,

Potrac, P., Gilbert, W., and Denison, J. (Eds.) (2015). Routledge Handbook of Sports Coaching. Abingdon: Routledge

Lloyd, R., and Oliver, J. (2014) Strength and Conditioning for Young Athletes. Abingdon: Routledge

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the VLE, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link:

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardSport and Exercise
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelSport & Exercise L7-11
ModeratorMark McKenna
External ExaminerA Whitehead
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
30% Coursework: Individual written progress blogs demonstrating the process of understanding the sport science or pedagogical area in the coaching context.
70% Coursework: Individual, portfolio (a range of media):
Identification of personal and professional objectives with a critical rationale supported by a robust evidence based portfolio, which demonstrates application and reflection relevant to the objectives.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of written workcheck markcheck mark 300

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of practical work  check mark700
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
In line with current legislation (Equality Act, 2010) and the UWS Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Code, our modules are accessible and inclusive, with reasonable adjustment for different needs where appropriate. Module materials comply with University guidance on inclusive learning and teaching, and specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. Where modules require practical learning or assessment, alternative formats and/or roles will be provided for students with physical disabilities which impact participation.

Please refer to the UWS Equality and Diversity Policy at the following link:
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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