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SPMT614 - Coaching Theory, Methods, and Issues

Course Details

Course Code: SPMT614 Course ID: 2773 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course focuses on current coaching theories, methods, practices, and outcomes. Students will consider the origin, development, and arguments surrounding the character of American sport. Topics include a study of coaching principles, practical coaching situations, great coaches and their methods, decision making in coaching, coaching ethics, and other contemporary issues in 21st century collegiate and high school coaching. Students are also exposed to the importance of computers and the Internet to today’s coaches.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (L.O.):

1. Examine components of a successful coaching philosophy.

2. Assess challenging situations and difficult decisions coaches encounter.

3. Critically evaluate desirable coaching qualities and expected coaching duties.

4. Compare and contrast the three coaching styles.

5. Critique theories, principles, and issues relative to coaching athletics.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Forum 1: Introduction and Coaching Philosophy 3.75 %
Forum 2: â??Athletes First, Winning Secondâ? â?? Coaching Objectives 3.75 %
Forum 3: Appropriate Language and Levels of Coaching 3.75 %
Forum 4: Performance Enhancements 3.75 %
Forum 5: Organizational Strategies 3.75 %
Forum 6: Motivation and Leadership 3.75 %
Forum 7: Parents, Boosters, and Bosses 3.75 %
Forum 8: Summary and Reflection 3.75 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Assignment 1: Coaching Article Response 7.50 %
Assignment 2: Video Clip Responses 7.50 %
Assignment 3: Coaching Article Response 7.50 %
Assignment 4: Coach for America 7.50 %
Research Paper 20.00 %
Research Paper Topic 2.00 %
Research Paper Outline 3.00 %
Research Paper and Resources 15.00 %
Final Assessment 20.00 %
Final Written Assessment 20.00 %

Additional Resources:

As assigned during the semester (please familiarize yourself with the course website)


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

North American Society of Sport Management

Positive Coaching Alliance

College Sport Research Institute

Journal of Sport Administration and Supervision

Coach for America

American Kinesiology Association

Links to Universities with Sport/Kinesiology Programs

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author:No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.