The graduate entry Bachelor of Letters (Sports Performance Coaching) is a 108-unit program for which 72 units of block credit is automatically granted on the basis of completion of a prior bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification. The graduate entry Bachelor of Letters (Sports Performance Coaching) normally requires one year of full-time study or the equivalent part-time. 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.
Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. The Dean (Education) may, however, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
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 training programs
- 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) (Graduate Entry), 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
- 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 an 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) (Graduate Entry), a student must complete the required program of study 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.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Stream - Sports Performance Coaching
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)