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Integrating Analysis and Coaching in Sport

Summary

Study Performance Analysis and Coaching Practice at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

This course will enable participants to critically reflect upon the benefits of coaching and performance analysis systems to develop a model of practice to maximise performance.

The educational aims of the course are to provide participants with the relevant knowledge and understanding of key principles and practices within performance analysis and coaching to enable them to contribute to both the running of their organisation and the advancement of the sector. Embedding higher education from theory to practice within the organisation.

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About this course

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About

The aim of this course is to develop participants knowledge and understanding of the design, delivery and critical evaluation of performance coaching and analysis structures in a practical coaching environment. The learning environment will be structured to equip students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to improve performance by integrating university education into the workplace enabling reflective practice and intellectual inquiry as a means to contriubte to the development of performance practice within their own organisation and the sector as a whole.

The course will target both new coaches and experienced coaches employed in the industry, acting as a educational pathway for entry into the existing under graduate and post graduate provision within the School of Sport. The course will also provide a route to career specialism in performance analysis or greater understadning of performance analysis and reflective coaching practice for elite coaches.

Attendance

The module will be taught through a diversity of methods, based on direct contact through six days of interactive lectures followed by the facilitation of individual mentoring and directed independent learning.

The lectures will combine the use of case studies, group discussion, peer to peer teaching and practical activities, with guided learning facilitated through online materials and directed reading.

Each student will work closely with a mentor to develop reflective journals and implement individual action plans relevant to their organisation.

Each sub section of the module will provide students with the underlying theory relevant to the topic, followed by facilitation of group discussion through guided case studies to explore relative importance to each individual participant context

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand.

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Year one

Reflective Practice

Year: 1

This module will provide students with an opportunity to critically reflect upon their coaching practice while using action research to examine how academic knowledge and theory can be applied in a practical setting. The module allows students to demonstrate knowledge and skills that have been acquired in the course of their studies, building upon experiences throughout the programme.

Performance Analysis

Year: 1

This module will provide students with a basic understanding of the concepts underlying notational analysis systems .It will also provide practical skills to help them provide analysis that can be applied to a practical coaching and service provider environment to enhance the coaching process.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

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English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

(a) Have gained a certificate of higher education or an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification;

and

(b) be working in, or aspiring to work in,coaching and analysis roles in their work organisation or if unemployed, have previously been employed in such roles normally within the last three years.

and

(c) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent - this requirement may be met within (a);

or, as an alternative to (a) and/or (c);

(d) provide evidence of their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.

Teaching and learning assessment

LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS

The module will be taught through a diversity of methods, based on direct contact through six days of interactive lectures followed by the facilitation of directed independent learning. The lectures will combine the use of case studies, group discussion, peer to peer teaching and practical activities. The independent learning will involve students working through e learning materials; guided reading and self directed learning which will supplement the face to face delivery evidenced through reflective journals. Each sub section of the module will provide students with the underlying theory relevant to the topic, followed by facilitation of group discussion through guided case studies to explore relative importance to each individual participant context. This process will involve a critical evaluation of the theory, applied to practice in various situations. E learning resources and independent study (including assessment) will be used to contextualise the workshops and embed knowledge.

Directed learning will establish a list of key articles, journals and books in the area of performance analysis and related sports science. Guided reading will allow participants to gain a broader knowledge of the theoretical models underpinning the content.

Assessment

Assessment will include both group and individual projects, evidenced through both practical and theoretical presentation, interpretation of critical incidents and an exam. The assessment structure will assess your ability to apply knowledge and understanding through various observation, interpretation and communication tasks based on actual practice within the industry.

Students will be required to produce a portfolio of evidence based on four 1000 – 1500 word practical based assignments, one video based presentation and one exam. The assessment will show understanding of designing and implementing a performance analysis process in a practical coaching setting, concluding with a critical reflective evaluation of learning, supplemented with evidence from the generated video content.

Students will be expected to:

  • Generate a portfolio of evidence
  • Present and individual and group case study presentation
  • Oral and written presentation
  • Summary and Detailed Report
  • Practical demonstration
  • Exam

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Performance Analyst

Elite Coach

Performance Director

Elite Performance Manager

Coach Education Manager

Apply

Apply online at: http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Contact

Faculty contact regarding admissions and application process:

June Johnston

Email: j.johnston@ulster.ac.uk

Tel: +44(0) 28 9036 6041

Course Director:

Kyle Ferguson

Email: k.ferguson@ulster.ac.uk

Tel: +44(0)28 9036 6623

Mob: +44(0)7766740801