Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

print version

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered, or view unit timetables.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Toni HIlland (Peninsula)


This unit examines contemporary theories and practical techniques associated with coaching for sport, physical education and recreation. General education, skill acquisition and motor learning and control theories are used to explain contemporary coaching practices including games for understanding, fundamental motor skill development, sport education and other holistic approaches. Students are involved in planning, teaching and evaluating practical sessions (athletics/games/ball handling) using a variety of pedagogical approaches.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Recognise the characteristics of an effective coach as educator;
  2. examine the advantages and disadvantages of various coaching/education styles;
  3. develop and communicate a personal coaching philosophy;
  4. clarify personal coaching/educating objectives;
  5. explain how coaching practice relates to different theories associated with skill acquisition and motor learning and control;
  6. develop an outline for a yearly, through to sessional plan, in a particular activity incorporating assessment and evaluation of strengths and weaknesses;
  7. demonstrate knowledge of psychological concepts that influence athlete preparation and performance; and
  8. apply these theoretical concepts and demonstrate practical skills (athletics/games/ball handling).


Assessment task 1 30% (1200 words equivalent)
Assessment task 2 70% (2800 words)
Satisfactory completion of practical components

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Toni HIlland (Peninsula)

Contact hours

3 contact hours per week, 9 hrs private study including readings, completions of set tasks and self-directed learning