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Leadership in Sport, Physical Education and Coaching

Course Code: SPSC 3240
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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
  2. Building relationships
    • Rapport
    • Developing relationships
    • Maintaining relationships
    • Repairing relationships
  3. Media relationships
    • Role of the media
    • Developing and maintaining media relationships
    • Interview principles
    • Marketing factors
  4. 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
  5. Leadership competencies
    • Survey of literature
    • Key competencies
    • Self assessment and action plan
  6. Resonant leadership
    • Definition of a resonant organization
    • Developing resonance
    • Maintaining resonance
    • Creating the resonant leaders within an organization
  7. 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
  8. Catalyst for change
    • Understanding change
    • Proactive responses to change
    • Being a change agent
  9. Vision and mission statements
    • Vision statements
    • Mission statements
    • Operationalizing statements
  10. Collaboration and synergy
    • Reciprocal coaching/teaching
    • Peer coaching/teaching
    • Group goal setting
    • Developing true win/win results
    • Cooperative concepts
  11. Personal and social responsibility
    • Concepts of personal responsibility
    • Concepts of social responsibility
    • Role of reflection
    • Empowerment
  12. Interdependence concepts
    • Personal bank account
    • Relationship bank account
    • Interdependent leadership
  13. Stress concepts
    • Definitions
    • Models
    • Emotional and arousal control
    • Priority management
    • Preventive factors
  14. Inspiring others
    • Building trust
    • Passion
    • Character development
  15. 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
  16. Model coach
    • N.C.C.Pdefinition
    • Hellison’s teacher qualities
    • Research into leadership qualities
  17. 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

course prerequisites

60 credits, including SPSC 1105 and SPSC 1103

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.