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SPEX307 Coaching, Leadership and Mentoring

A theoretical analysis of what it means to be a quality coach and in doing so engage with contemporary debates around leadership, mentoring and ethics.

In SPEX 307 students will be introduced to concepts such as leadership, ethics, mentoring and coaching as they are understood within a sports coaching context. Yet these terms are also used outside of sport coaching. For this reason, in SPEX 307, students will develop an understanding of how these concepts can be transfered across a wide range of work environments.

Paper title Coaching, Leadership and Mentoring
Paper code SPEX307
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $988.95
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PHSE 101 or SPEX 207
PHSE 330
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Tania Cassidy

Teaching Arrangements

The majority of the teaching occurs in a lecture format, but there will be opportunities to engage with case studies.


No textbooks required.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the paper the students will be able to:

  • Discuss the social, cultural, environmental and individual factors that influence coaching, leadership and mentoring practices
  • Critically evaluate the assumption that quality coaches are capable leaders, skilled mentors and ethical practitioners
  • Critically analyse current theories and practices and claims associated with coaching, leadership and mentoring
  • Critically reflect upon and evaluate the ethical and social implications of their knowledge and actions

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41