SP6043 - Talent Identification and High-Performance Sport

What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed for students to critically analyse the skills required to coach and nurture athletic talent at a high-performance level. The module will critique contemporary long term athlete development models, pathways and their impact on performance, long term participation and well-being. Students will also critically examine what is meant by the term talent, identify the skills and competencies needed to coach and develop in a high-performance setting, investigate the difficulties a high-performance coach may encounter and provide potential solutions to maximise effective coaching practice.

How will I learn on this module?

The taught content will be delivered and provided in a variety of student-centred interactive teaching formats, and you will be able to access materials on the eLP Blackboard Ultra Module site. There will be the opportunity to work in smaller groups with discipline specific members of staff who will facilitate context driven discussion and learning. You will also be set independent tasks informed by key literature to complete outside of class time to further develop your understanding of the taught content.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module information, assessment requirements and expectations, and important module announcements will be made through the eLP site. Material to support your learning will be uploaded in advance of sessions. You will be provided with content verbally and guided through tasks during timetabled sessions. A dedicated assessment session will afford you the opportunity to ask assessment related questions in class. The Module Leader is there to support you with any queries that you may have about the module content, and all staff members provide weekly tutorial time outside of class time. Module tutors will provide you with the necessary information on how to arrange a tutorial. During these meetings, there will be opportunity to gain support for (but not limited to) module content as well as general module enquiries and issues. You will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on your development during the module, and you will receive feedback on summative work to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial and to discuss feeding forward strategies. There are also further academic skills support available from the University Library services where you can gain access to study skills / academic writing and support materials, as well as links to booking both on and off campus study skills sessions. Additionally, students will have access to a discussion board (located on this modules eLP Blackboard site) where enquiries and issues relating to the module can be raised with module staff and their peers.

If this module is in option pot two for your programme, you will receive advice and guidance at a module options event to help you make an informed decision about how it fits with your own academic and professional development. Online pre-learning material will be made available to help you prepare for the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Students will critically examine talent identification and development systems and policies, both United Kingdom and worldwide specific.

2. Students will undertake critical analysis of social, biological, psychological and environmental factors and concepts to elite athlete development.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Students will develop intellectual skills and abilities to critically analyse the competencies required by a coach to work in a high-performance setting and find innovative and creative solutions to developing talented sports performance.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4. Students will critically review the impact of wide-ranging physical and psychological training programmes upon performance, long term participation and well-being.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessment

Written Resource Pack - CPD handbook

Individually assessed and 100% of overall module grade. This will require students to design a handbook to support the delivery of a programme of CPD in talent identification and development (MLO 1, 2, 3 & 4). 3500 word limit plus supporting appendix which is not included in word count.

Formative Assessment

Formative Assessment included throughout the delivery of the module will include critical analysis (research tutored and research based) of appropriate case studies and journal articles, in-class individual and group presentations and regular spot tests.

Summative Feedback

You will receive written or audio feedback on your summative assessment to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial.





Module abstract

Talent Identification and High-Performance Coaching introduces various methods used and challenges faced by high performance coaches in identifying, nurturing an developing talented sports performers. It further provides a systematic understanding of various moderators of talent including the nature versus nurture debate, historical talent development models and the role of early specialization, diversification, relative age effect, psychology, mental health and talent transfer. The module will be delivered using student-centered teaching approaches affording frequent opportunity for engagement within problem-based learning and inquiry orientated strategies, both outside and within scheduled sessions. Students will experience regular formative assessments and various guest speakers from high-performance sport settings. The summative assessments are practically applied and industry relevant. On completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate how a high-performance coach can best create a suitable learning environment which successfully enhances skill learning and performance, long term participation and overall well-being in sport.

Course info

UCAS Code CB65

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

Fee Information

Module Information

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