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Module JXH-4023:
Psychology of Effective Coachi

Module Facts

Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Stuart Beattie

Overall aims and purpose

The coach athlete relationship is often a very complex relationship. Both the coach and the athlete want to achieve success but often have opposing views about how to get there. The module will focus on psychological and cognitive processes of the coach athlete relationship. Between and within person discrepancies are highlighted as an important aspect of the dyad where opposing views are often problematic and communication is key. After theory and research findings are taught to the student, the student will identify a coach and an athlete who are not working effectively and propose a suitable theoretically driven intervention.

Course content

The module will extensively examine the coach/athlete relationship in terms of closeness, commitment, complementarity behaviours, and co-orientated views. Between and within person discrepancies will play a very large role throughout this module. Further, for your case study it is expected that you will seek out an athlete and a coach who are not working well with each other. It is important that you identify and approach such a dydad early.

Assessment Criteria


Display good knowledge and understanding of research principles in effective coaching, showing good capacity to address and formulate applied interventions. Some evidence of knowledge of the research covered will be displayed.


Provide a deep knowledge and understanding of research in effective coaching and has an excellent capacity to address and formulate suitable theoretically driven interventions. The student will display a very good and in depth use of the triangulation of methods used in formulating their intervention.


Reasonable grasp of research principles in effective coaching and an understanding in applying theoretically driven interventions for different performers in different situations. Basic evidence and principles will be applied to the case study.

Learning outcomes

  1. Learn to effectively deliver an intervention to address discrepancies between both parties.

  2. Develop a critical understanding of how complex the coach/athlete relationship is.

  3. Collect, analyse and interpret data from a triangulation of methods and propose an effective intervention based on your own results.

  4. Develop a critical understanding of within person discrepancies (e.g., where am I and where would i like to be) and between person discrepancies (i.e., where am I and where would the coach like me to be [and vice versa]).

  5. Recognise through a triangulation of methods i.e. observation, structured interviews, and qualitative data threats to effective coaching.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
CASE STUDY Case study intervention

Applied coach athlete intervention


Teaching and Learning Strategy


Three lectures will provide the students with a background knowledge of self and other discrepancies, coach athlete relationship issues, and quantitative measures.


You are also required to sign up for a 1 hr tutorial to fully discuss your case study before submission.


Transferable skills

  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems
  • critically assess and evaluate data and evidence in the context of research methodologies and data sources
  • describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context
  • plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work, which provides evidence of critical engagement with, and interpretation of, appropriate data
  • apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • develop a sustained reasoned argument, perhaps challenging previously held assumptions
  • demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication and presentation skills
  • work effectively independently and with others
  • take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and professional development
  • self-appraise and reflect on practice
  • plan and design practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures whilst demonstrating high levels of relevant skills
  • project manage and execute practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures whilst demonstrating high levels of relevant skills
  • recognise and respond to moral, ethical, sustainability and safety issues that directly pertain to the context of study including relevant legislation and professional codes of conduct
  • undertake fieldwork with continuous regard for safety and risk assessment.
  • demonstrate evidence of competence in the scientific methods of enquiry, and interpretation and analysis of relevant data and statistical outputs.
  • develop transferable skills of relevance to careers outside of sport, health and exercise sciences.
  • communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.
  • develop knowledge of psychometric instruments
  • accurately interpret case study data
  • develop justifiable and/or evidence-based interventions
  • demonstrate effective robust data collection methods


Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: