Foundations in Physical Education, Recreation, & Coaching

Science & Technology
Sport Science
Course Code
SPSC 2210
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course presents a number of key concepts, issues, and topics related to the fields of physical education, recreation, and coaching. Topics include: the role of physical education, recreation, and coaching in today’s society; the delivery of physical education, recreation, and coaching services; and the issues, trends, and practices related to physical education, recreation, and coaching.
Course Content

1. Physical and Health Education

1.1. Physical and health education core topics

1.2. The art of teaching

1.3. Planning for physical and health education

1.4. Future of physical and health education

2. Recreation

2.1. Recreation and leisure core topics

2.2. Recreation and leisure services

2.3. Recreation and leisure activities

2.4. Future of recreation

3. Coaching

3.1. Making ethical decisions

3.2. Planning a practice

3.3. Teaching and learning

3.4. Designing a basic sport program

3.5. Basic mental skills

4. Physical education, recreation, and coaching ideals

4.1. Humanism

4.2. Ideal self-image

4.3. Play theories

4.4. Intrinsic motivation

4.5. Flow experiences

Learning Activities
  • Lecture
  • Discussion groups
  • Practical application
  • Field observation and/or video observation
  • Self-study via print or online materials
  • Reading assignments
  • Online discussion groups
Means of Assessment

The selection of evaluation tools for this course is based upon adherence to Douglas College Evaluation Policy regarding number and weighing of evaluations. Evaluation will include the following:

PE, recreation, and coaching worksheets or workbooks 0-30%
Quizzes, midterms, or exams 0-30%
Individual and/or group projects 0-25%
Participation and engagement 0-25%
PE, recreation, and coaching activities, plans, and programs     0-20%
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Reflect on the role physical education teachers, recreation leaders, and coaches have in promoting and educating students, participants, and athletes on the value of healthy lifestyles.
  2. Create and analyze sport, game, fitness, and health-promoting activities (e.g., lesson plans, unit plans, sport programs, etc.) to meet the needs of various populations (e.g., Indigenous peoples, seniors, youth, etc.).
  3. Critically analyze concepts and issues pertaining to physical education, recreation, and coaching.
  4. Integrate the concept of physical literacy into physical education, recreation, and coaching.
  5. Practice facilitation skills to lead small group discussions on various physical education, recreation, and coaching topics.
Textbook Materials

Consult the Douglas College Bookstore for the latest required textbooks and materials. A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the instructor's course outline which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.

Sample textbooks and materials may include:

  • Competition – Introduction Coach Workbooks and Reference Materials (Coaching Association of Canada, 2007 & 2019)
  • Course Pack for SPSC 2210
  • Graham, G.  (2008). Teaching children physical education: Becoming a master teacher (3rd ed.).  Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Karlis, G.  (2011). Leisure and recreation in Canadian society (2nd ed.).  Toronto, ON: Thompson Educational Publishing, Inc.
  • Martens, R.  (2012). Successful coaching (4th ed.).  Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.




No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for SPSC 2210
Athabasca University (AU) AU APST 2XX (3)
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) No credit
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR KNES 2XX (3)
Columbia College (COLU) No credit
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) No credit
North Island College (NIC) NIC EXW 1XX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PHED 2XXX (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HKIN 350 (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO HMKN_O 2nd (3)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV KIN_V 345 (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV KPE 2XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 143 (1.5)
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU KIN 2nd (3)

Course Offerings

Summer 2024