The Bachelor of Letters (Sports Performance Coaching) is a 108 unit program that must be studied concurrently with another Bachelor degree at an approved Australian higher education institution, for which 72 units of block credit will be awarded on completion of the requirements of the other degree. The Bachelor of Letters (Sports Performance Coaching) is normally studied part-time over three years concurrently with the other Bachelor degree, thus adding one extra year to the overall study program. It is offered by the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work.
The stream undertaken by the student will be identified on the student’s transcript of academic record and on the parchment presented to the student on completion of the course.
Students who complete 36 units of Flinders topics according to the program of study below but who do not complete the requirements of their other Bachelor degree may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Letters (Sports Performance Coaching).
To gain entry into the Bachelor of Letters an applicant must be enrolled in a Bachelor degree (AQF level 7) at an approved Australian higher education institution.
The course aims to provide students with:
- an understanding of human functional anatomy and physiology
- knowledge of coaching principles and practices with healthy populations
- knowledge of the nature of sport development and administration in Australia
- an understanding of the theoretical framework of resistance and conditioning programs for healthy populations
- knowledge of training principles and periodisation to design strength and conditioning programs for healthy populations
- the knowledge and ability to investigate the physiological demands of various sports and how athletes physiological functioning can be improved using principles of strength and conditioning
- an understanding of the principles of sport coaching science
- knowledge of field based physiological testing from a theoretical and practical perspective
- the ability to prescribe exercise or construct training programs as a result of physiological test results
- analysis of issues related to current practice in sport coaching, management, development and research
- examine a sport or a recreational activity from a variety of exercise science perspectives
- engage with concepts related to the use of sport and games pedagogy in physical education
- an understanding of how skills in sport are acquired to enhance performance
- the opportunity to investigate a further area of interest relevant to sport performance (skill acquisition, biomechanics or psychology).
On the completion of the Bachelor of Letters (Sports Performance Coaching), students are expected to be able to:
- identify and describe the anatomical and physiological functions of the human body in relation to exercise and sport
- critically analyse and review the nature of sport development and administration in Australia
- demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical framework for training principles and exercise selection in the context of program design
- utilise appropriate programming that targets Strength, Power, Hypertrophy and Muscular Endurance
- apply the principles of sport coaching science to enhance athlete education and performance
- demonstrate understanding of physiological testing procedures in sport
- demonstrate knowledge of how physiological testing fits into the annual plan
- implement and interpret and prescribe exercise as the result of physiological test results
- design a strength and conditioning program for healthy populations
- identify the physiological demands of various lifestyle of sporting factors and apply principles of strength and conditioning to improve athletes physiological function
- demonstrate knowledge of movement competency in reference to sports performance or injury
- define current issues related to sport coaching, management, development and research practices
- critically analyse sport pedagogy within physical education
- critically review literature within the exercise science field
- demonstrate knowledge of a further area of interest relevant to sport (skill acquisition, biomechanics or psychology).
Program of study
To qualify for the Bachelor of Letters (Sports Performance Coaching), a student must complete the requirements for his/her other bachelor degree, and 36 units according to the program of study set out below, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic.
No topic may be counted towards both the Bachelor of Letters and the student’s other bachelor degree, if that degree is studied at Flinders University.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Stream - Sports Performance Coaching
Core - Year 1 topics
31.5 units comprising:
HLPE1550 Introduction to Sport and Physical Activity (4.5 units)
HLPE1552 Human Functional Anatomy in Sport and Exercise (4.5 units)
HLPE2402 Physiological Testing in Sport (4.5 units)
HLPE2531 Sport and Physical Education (4.5 units)
HLPE2533 Exercise Prescription and Physiology (4.5 units)
HLPE3533 Applied Exercise Science (4.5 units)
HLPE3601 Sport Coaching Science (4.5 units)
Option - Year 1 topics
plus 4.5 units from the following:
HLPE2300 Foundations of Sport Psychology (4.5 units)
HLPE3531 Skill Acquisition and Biomechanics for Physical Educators (4.5 units)