Course Title: Foundations of Sports Coaching

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Foundations of Sports Coaching

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Melanie Nash

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6656

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to the practical and theoretical constructs of sports coaching through active participation in movement laboratories and online tutorials. You will develop basic coaching pedagogies and the technical skills required to plan and implement effective coaching sessions. You will also be introduced to current coaching research and best practice, and undertake activities to develop your coaching knowledge and your capability as a reflective practitioner. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  AITSL Standards
 Use a range of communication, organisation and management strategies to effectively support engagement and learning in sporting contexts. 3.5, 4.2  
  Plan and implement a sequence of activities to demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which athletes/students learn and develop holistic sporting skills (performance, cognitive and affective).  2.1, 2.2, 3.2
  Identify, evaluate and use a range of coaching strategies to support inclusive participation and engagement in sporting activities.  3.3, 4.1
 Use feedback to engage in a balanced reflective critique (positive and negative) of practice. 6.3 
 Describe and employ appropriate legislative requirements and safety procedures in the implementation of coaching sequences. 4.4


Program Learning Outcomes for BP319 students In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

● Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in practical applications in Health, Physical Education and Sport.

● Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical content knowledge and apply evidence-based high-impact teaching strategies in professional practice.

● Analyse and evaluate student-centred learning approaches to plan effectively for differentiation in Health, Physical Education and Sport.


Program Learning Outcomes for BP320 students

● Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in education

● Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical content knowledge and develop highly effective classroom teaching skills in an area of specialisation

● Apply initiative, judgement, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills and the capacity to work responsibly, ethically and inclusively in individual and collaborative professional contexts to enhance your practice

● Communicate effectively with different stakeholders in the education field through a broad range of communication modes and digital technologies in diverse educational contexts. 

● Create a safe and engaging learning environment using inclusive strategies, sustainable practices and digital technologies for diverse audiences. 

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of face-to-face and online activities including lectures, workshops, practical activities, readings, collaborative group work, class discussion and individual reflection

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources. The University Library provides extensive scholarly resources to supplement your Page 4 of 11 suggested readings and research and is able to request books or articles from any library in the world. Guides to the literature in your discipline area are available from Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here The Library and the Study and Learning Centre are also on hand to support and assist in the development of your academic skills to make best use of such resources within your academic studies.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

  1.  Assessment task (%)  CLO AITSL Standards
     Online tests related to readings, including the AIS Community Coaching General Principles online test (30%) 1, 2, 3, 5  3.3, 4.1, 4.4, 7.1
     Peer coaching and critical reflection (30%)  1, 2, 3, 4, 5 3.3, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 6.3
     Coaching program and rationale (40%)2, 3, 5  2.1, 2.2, 3.2

Due to safety and professional accreditation requirements students must satisfactorily complete all practical sessions. If you fail to meet this requirement, for reasons other than those approved by special considerations, you will not pass the course. If granted Special Consideration, you may become eligible to complete an alternative practical activity to pass the course. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: