Leadership in Sport, Physical Education and Coaching

Science & Technology
Sport Science
Course Code
SPSC 3240
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined
New Westminster


Course Description
In this course students will study leadership concepts in relation to sport, physical education and coaching. Students will examine the role of the leader and the responsibility which comes with becoming a leader. Topics such as personal management, relationship management and conflict management will be covered. Students will apply leadership concepts within the microcosm of the classroom and gymnasium.
Course Content
  1. The role of the leader
  • Roles
  • Responsibilities
  • Definitions
  • Management vsLeadership
  • Liability
  • Building relationships
    • Rapport
    • Developing relationships
    • Maintaining relationships
    • Repairing relationships
  • Media relationships
    • Role of the media
    • Developing and maintaining media relationships
    • Interview principles
    • Marketing factors
  • Communication as a leader
    • Written and verbal communication
    • Effective use of the web and email
    • Active listening skills
      • Paraphrasing
      • Questioning
      • Use of silence
      • Content listening
      • Empathic listening
      • Re-stating skills
      • Demonstrating understanding
  • Leadership competencies
    • Survey of literature
    • Key competencies
    • Self assessment and action plan
  • Resonant leadership
    • Definition of a resonant organization
    • Developing resonance
    • Maintaining resonance
    • Creating the resonant leaders within an organization
  • Emotional intelligence concepts
    • Definition of emotional intelligence
    • Components of emotional intelligence
    • Developing emotional intelligence in the self
    • Creating an emotional intelligent organization
    • Personal awareness
    • Personal management
    • Self motivation
      • Intrinsic
      • Extrinsic
    • Social awareness
    • Social skills
    • Seasonal and unit planning factors
  • Catalyst for change
    • Understanding change
    • Proactive responses to change
    • Being a change agent
  • Vision and mission statements
    • Vision statements
    • Mission statements
    • Operationalizing statements
  • Collaboration and synergy
    • Reciprocal coaching/teaching
    • Peer coaching/teaching
    • Group goal setting
    • Developing true win/win results
    • Cooperative concepts
  • Personal and social responsibility
    • Concepts of personal responsibility
    • Concepts of social responsibility
    • Role of reflection
    • Empowerment
  • Interdependence concepts
    • Personal bank account
    • Relationship bank account
    • Interdependent leadership
  • Stress concepts
    • Definitions
    • Models
    • Emotional and arousal control
    • Priority management
    • Preventive factors
  • Inspiring others
    • Building trust
    • Passion
    • Character development
  • Taking action
    • Hellison’s levels of awareness
    • Wellness concepts
    • Service learning
    • Seasonal, weekly and daily time management
    • Link between sport and life
      • Green zone and gold zone concepts
      • Balance
    • Gender factors
    • Cultural factors
    • Disability factors
  • Model coach
    • N.C.C.Pdefinition
    • Hellison’s teacher qualities
    • Research into leadership qualities
  • Leadership styles
    • Situational leadership
    • Transformational leadership
    • Principle centred leadership
    • Coach focused and athlete centred concepts
    Methods Of Instruction
    • Lecture
    • Discussion groups
    • Practical application
    • Field observation and/or video observation
    • Self-study via print or online materials
    • Reading assignments
    • Online discussion groups
    • Experiential learning
    Means of Assessment

    The selection of evaluation tools for this course is based upon:

    1. Adherence to college evaluation policy regarding number and weighing of evaluations, for example a course of three credits or more should have at least three separate evaluations.
    2. A developmental approach to evaluation that is sequenced and progressive.
    3. Evaluation is used as a teaching tool for both students and instructors.
    4. Commitment to student participation in evaluation through such processes as self and peer evaluation, and program/ instructor evaluation.

    The following is presented as an example assessment format for this course

    Practical applications 20%
    Resource project 20%
    Mid-term and final exams 30%
    Preparation & participation 10%
    Practical leadership 20%


    Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate resonant leadership skills in sport, physical activity and coaching
    2. Demonstrate effective team building skills
    3. Demonstrate personally and socially responsible leadership
    4. Demonstrate the ability to create synergy as a leader
    Textbook Materials

    Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

    (Will be decided by course instructors.)

    Certifications/Conference requirements:

    As part of the course, instructors and students may engage in extra-curricular certification processes that overlap with the curriculum of the class. Fees for professional certification, where applicable, will be borne by the student. Potential certifications relating to this course include:

    1. NCCP A and B Theory portions
    2. QDPE conference attendance
    3. CABC conference links



    60 credits, including SPSC 1105 and SPSC 1103


    No corequisite courses.


    No equivalent courses.

    Requisite for

    This course is not required for any other course.

    Course Guidelines

    Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

    Course Transfers

    Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit 2007/09/01 to -
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PHED 2XXX (3) 2010/09/01 to 2010/12/31
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PHED 2XX (3) 2007/09/01 to 2010/08/31
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PHED 2529 (3) 2011/01/01 to -
    Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HKIN 351 (3) 2007/09/01 to -
    University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV KPE 3XX (3) 2008/09/01 to -
    University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 252 (1.5) 2007/09/01 to -

    Course Offerings

    Winter 2021

    Start Date
    End Date
    Tue Thu
    - 12-Apr-2021
    New Westminster
    SPSC 3240 001 - Registration is restricted to Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching students until November 25, 2020 at 10:30 AM.

    This section is offered in a hybrid format. It includes both online components and in-person on campus activities. Check Blackboard and your Douglas College email for specific details about on-campus dates. The instructor will provide advance notice of the dates of on-campus activities.
    Tue Thu
    New Westminster - South Bldg.
    8:30 - 10:20