SPCO320-23A (D) Any Time Start 2023 (Distance)


15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 18 February 2024
Withdrawal Dates
The withdrawal dates for this course (both with and without fee refund) will be confirmed once a) the course start date and b) course length is confirmed. Students are advised to consult the department for further information.


This course brings together knowledge gained throughout the Sport Coaching programme, providing students with experience in a professional sport-related workplace of their choice, with a view to future employment or further study. The internship provides students with an opportunity to gain an understanding of management structures and practices with a professional sporting organisation, while specialising in the area of their chosen endorsement. Students will work towards a substantial project in an authentic setting. Students will develop critical reflection skills and technical and interpersonal skills required to work successfully in a professional workplace.

Learning Outcomes

  •  Develop confidence, assertiveness, and decision-making abilities in a workplace setting
  •  Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in a work environment
  •  Synthesise theoretical sport science, socio-cultural and pedagogical teaching/coaching, and identify instances in the workplace setting
  •  Analyse and critique the workplace setting
  •  Plan, implement and evaluate an event, programme, or project by completion of the internship programme
  •  Understand and apply critically reflective practice
  •  Critically reflect on areas needing personal development and develop strategies to improve the situation
  •  Demonstrate safe and ethical practices
  • Demonstrate bicultural competencies in the internship environment.
  • Critically examine how bicultural competencies are implemented in the specific workplace.


Successful completion of required 100 level and 200 level courses from the Sport Coaching schedule

Timetable Note

Students may start SPCO320 at any stage after enrolment with the agreement of the course coordinator. Student interns are required to undertake at least 120 hours work within a professional sporting organisation, and to provide a portfolio at the end of this placement. The placement may be distributed across the academic year. Internship activities may not interfere with attendance of other classes.

Course Coordinator

Piet Van Hasselt


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Portfolio 10 Oct 2023 100% Internship Portfolio of tasks: Internship Work Plan (15%), Reflective Weekly Journal (45%), Critical Reflection Summary (20%), Supervisor's Report (20%) along with other pertinent forms and information.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Brookfield, Stephen; Becoming a critically reflective teacher ; 1st ed; Jossey-Bass, 1995.

Leberman, Sarah I. , Collins, Chris, Trenberth, Linda D; Sport business management in Aotearoa/New Zealand ; 2nd ed; Thomson Dunmore Press, 2006.

Required Texts and Readings:
Course members will have access to texts and articles in the University of Canterbury libraries but are not required to purchase any texts. Materials relating to Internship expectations, procedures, and specific competencies for successful completion of the course will be given to students prior to the commencement of the Internship experience.

Recommended Reading:
Ainsworth, S. (2005). Becoming a relational academic. Synergy, 22(2). Retrieved 27 February, 2007, from http://www.itl.usyd.edu.au/synergy/article.cfm?articleID=263.

Brookfield, S. D. (2007). Critical reflection.   Retrieved 27 February 2007, from http://www.resources.scalingtheheights.com/stephen_brookfield.htm.

Privett, D. (2007). "Practice: Background to the practice of critical reflection." Retrieved 27 February, 2007, from http://www.island.net/.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to General Course and Examination Regulation J: Dishonest Practice and Breach of Instructions in the University of Canterbury Calendar and the Assessment Guidelines for Students: Assessment, Referencing and Written Assignment Preparation for Physical Education and BSpC Courses in the BSpC coursebook.

Assessment and grading system

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks

A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99


This is a practice-based course. Full participation in the Internship is required to pass, including participating in at least 120 hours of placement with your host organisation.

Late submission of work

An assessment is late if it is handed in after the due date, without a formal extension.  If an assessment is submitted after the due date, 5% will be deducted from the final grade for every day the assessment is late.  No assessments will be accepted after a period of 3 days after the due date, unless an extension has been granted.

Other specific requirements

All written assessment tasks and presentations must be referenced according to APA convention. (Information relating to APA referencing can be obtained from both the Central and Education Libraries.)  Notes on APA referencing can also be found in the BSpC course handbook. Each assessment submission requires a completed cover sheet (available on-line).

Requests for extensions

Students who cannot complete assessments by the due date should discuss their situation with the course lecturer and complete the appropriate extension form. Where circumstances are known in advance, the student should discuss these with the course lecturer at least one week days prior to the assessment due date. In circumstances where this is not appropriate, the student should discuss their situation with the course lecturer as soon as possible.


To pass this course you are required to gain an overall average grade of C- (50%) or better across all assessments. No resubmits are available for this course. This assessment procedure applies from 2015 onwards.

Aegrotat Considerations

Students should refer to General Course and Examination Regulation H: Aegrotat Consideration and Aegrotat Consideration: Procedures in the UC Policy Library

Where to submit and collect work

Electronic Submission via LEARN (all on campus and distance students)
All students must submit their assessment via the online assessment system in the Learn (Moodle) class site, on or before the due date.  All submitted assessment work will be screened by the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism.  There is opportunity for student to submit a draft report to monitor levels of plagiarism prior to the final submission for marking.

It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system.  Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. For ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000.Monday to  Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

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