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Fieldwork IV

Course Code: SPSC 4101
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Seminar, Field Experience
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This fieldwork experience involves the practical application of instruction and coaching principles. Students will design, implement and evaluate a microcycle, unit plan or series of related sessions. Students will also examine their own leadership and group management skills.

Course Content

  1. Introduction to placement
    • Workplace behaviours
    • Planning and preparation
    • Leadership expectations
  2. Personal leadership plan
    • Personal assessment
    • Group management skill assessment
    • Styles
    • Interpretation Personal plan
    • Monitoring the plan
    • Adjustments
  3. Unit plan, microcycle or series design
    • Sequential planning
    • Variation and creativity
    • Time and intensity management
    • Linking of objectives and activities over a longer term
  4. Implementation
    • Lateral and vertical integration
    • Enjoyment variables
    • Inclusive programming
    • Feedback for performance improvement
    • Feedback for increasing satisfaction and motivation
    • Adjustments and variations
    • Equipment
    • Safety
  5. Evaluation
    • Gathering and linking information
    • Information analysis over time
    • Preparing recommendations
  6. Professionalism:  Network development
    • Personal networks
    • Professional networks
    • Network development and maintenance
  7. Personal leadership
    • Self confidence
    • Innovativeness
  8. Social leadership
    • Teamwork
    • Developing leadership skills in others
    • Organizational political awareness

Methods of Instruction

  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion groups
  3. Practical application
  4. Field observation and/or video observation
  5. Self-study via print or online materials
  6. Reading assignments
  7. Online discussion groups

Means of Assessment

This is a mastery/non-mastery course based on the following components of assessment.

The selection of evaluation tools for this course is based upon adherence to Douglas College evaluation policy regarding number and weighting of evaluations, for example a course of three credits or more should have at least three separate evaluations.

The following are presented as sample assessment formats for this course:

  1. Assignments
  2. Journal submissions
  3. Fieldwork evaluation
  4. Preparation, Participation and Session Leadership

Students must attend all scheduled seminars (meetings), achieve at least a ‘mastery’ level competency (70%) on all assignments, complete 23 fieldwork hours under the supervision of a Site Supervisor or assigned designate and achieve at least a 24/40 rating on 14- point Professional Checklist rated by Site Supervisor to receive credit for this course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this fieldwork course, the student shall be able to:

  1. Demonstrate personal and professional networking skills.
  2. Design, implement and evaluate a group of sessions such as a microcycle, unit plan or series of sessions.
  3. Demonstrate personal leadership characteristics relating to self-confidence, optimism and innovativeness.
  4. Demonstrate social leadership characteristics relating to teamwork, developing others, conflict management and organizational political awareness.
  5. Demonstrate organizational networking skills.
  6. Implement and monitor a personal improvement plan for personal leadership styles and group management processes.

course prerequisites

SPSC 3201

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.

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