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SPHE318 - Coaching Theory and Methodology

Course Details

Course Code: SPHE318 Course ID: 3318 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Students in this course will review Coaching Theory and Methodology within the coaching profession. They will examine theories specific sports teams, including the development of methodologies and the development of a team, principles for coaches to follow and pass on to teams, and the end of competitive careers in organized sports. Guiding questions include: What sport has done for the player and coach? Why is theory and methodology in sport important? How does leadership and strategy play a role? Students will develop a coaching philosophy that will drive their coaching theories and methods. Students will discover that teaching life lessons through sport is vital to the success of their athletes.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

At the completion of this course, the student will have satisfied the following Learning Objectives (L.O.):

  1. Develop a written coaching philosophy based off personal beliefs and principles.
  2. Demonstrate best practices associated for handling ethical dilemmas facing coaches.
  3. Identify methods for positive communication within the coaching profession.
  4. Analyze how success is measured within the coaching profession.
  5. Describe specific training methods and physical conditioning programs for athletes.
  6. Describe the importance of being a role model for athletes in the coaching profession.
  7. Apply strategies, theories, and methods to improve performance in the coaching profession.
  8. Discuss strategies to work more effectively with your fellow coaches, administrators, medical personnel, officials, the parents of your players and the media
NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Forum 1 3.75 %
Forum 2 3.75 %
Forum 3 3.75 %
Forum 4 3.75 %
Forum 5 3.75 %
Forum 6 3.75 %
Forum 7 3.75 %
Forum 8 3.75 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Week 2 Assignment: Refining Your Coaching Philosophy 10.00 %
Week 4 Assignment: Performance Evaluations 10.00 %
Week 6 Assignment: Role Model 10.00 %
Quizzes 20.00 %
Quiz Week 1 2.86 %
Quiz Week 2 2.86 %
Quiz Week 3 2.86 %
Quiz Week 4 2.86 %
Quiz Week 5 2.86 %
Quiz Week 6 2.86 %
Quiz Week 7 2.86 %
Final Paper 20.00 %
Week 7 Assignment: Final Paper 20.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
Quiz Week 1A 0.00 %
Quiz Week 2A 0.00 %
Quiz Week 3A 0.00 %
Quiz Week 4B 0.00 %
Quiz Week 5B 0.00 %
Quiz Week 6B 0.00 %
Quiz Week 7A 0.00 %
Quiz Week 3B 0.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
Quiz Week 2C 0.00 %
Quiz Week 1B 0.00 %

Required Course Textbook:

Book Number


Book Title

Publication Info



Martens, Rainer

Successful Coaching

Champaign, IL:

Human Kinetics

ISBN13: 978-1450430739

Textbook in APA format:

Martens, R. (2012). Successful coaching. (4th ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Note: This text is delivered shrink-wrapped with a Workbook, certification exam, and registration information about the ASEP Coaching Principles online course. If you select the VitalSource e-book, you will receive an email from the APUS Bookstore with the keycode.

Required Readings:

See Course Outline

Additional Resources:

There may be other materials, including websites outside the classroom, assigned by the Instructor during the course.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the APUS academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note website addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

Positive Coaching Alliance

Book Title:Successful Coaching w/keycode, 4th ed. - the VitalSource e-book & ASEP code is provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:VS-Human Kinetics
Unit Cost:$81.55
Electronic ISBN:9781492590804
Electronic Unit Cost:$30.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.