SPOR06041 2016 Athletics and Gymnastics

General Details

Full Title
Athletics and Gymnastics
Transcript Title
Athletics and Gymnastics
75 %
Subject Area
SPOR - Sport/Rec/Leisure
MRKT - Marketing, Tourism and Leisure
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Kerry Larkin
Programme Membership
SG_BAPPL_C06 201600 Higher Certificate in Business in Applied Sport SG_BAPPL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Business in Applied Sport with Business

The student as coach is the main theme of the athletics element of this module. This module aims to qualify the student with the skills and competencies required to coach athletics (or another preselected sport) at novice and developmental level. The subject will be taught in conjunction with the relevant NGB qualifications and within the context of the National Coaching Development Plan.

The student will also learn gymnastics skills and appreciate the aesthetics of movement. Exploratory gymnastics (also called educational gymnastics) is an approach that will allow the student to explore the different elements of gymnastics movements; including body awareness, basic body positions, balance, support, locomotor skills, and circular movements.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe skills development and motor learning theory


Demonstrate suitable warm-up activities and games for athletics and gymnastics


Explore individual and group challenges in foundational gymnastic positions and movements.


Demonstrate safe teaching and coaching practice 


Coach the basic skills of athletics with a view to teaching core individual skills and allowing for progression.


Demonstrate good communication and individual management strategies to improve participation and learning.


Create and perform a group gymnastic movement sequence, applying Rudolf von Laban’s, spatial movement concepts.


Understand the role of the coach in an athletes mental and physical development, in light of the varying motives for participation


Demonstrate an ability to plan and organise an athletics meeting

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Fundamental concepts are introduced and illustrated through lectures. The understanding of students is tested and further enhanced through student centred learning exercises and interactive tutorial sessions. Students practice coaching of athletcis in real life scenarios. The application of theory to practice is facilitated through both teaching and practical based field experience.

Exploratory gymnastics contrasts significantly with formal gymnastics in that it allows students to respond to a movement challenge in a variety of ways. There is no correct way to solve the challenge and there is no exactness expected. This allows the learner to explore, discover how their bodies move, and respond in ways that are appropriate for their abilities. Everyone is able to solve the challenge; therefore, everyone feels successful. The focus on the lesson is on problem solving, which allows the students to develop body-management skills as they solve the movement problems. This method also allows for individual differences.

Module Assessment Strategies

  • Completion of Logbook which must contain all practical sessions, associated organisation and a self evaluation of the students role as coach and organiser based on their work throughout the term.
  • Logbook: The logbook allows for the student to capture their lesson plans and learning in one centralised location. This material can be used as a resource for teaching and coaching future clients. This material also provides a bank of evidence of work completed and can therefore be used when applying to complete future studies. This logbook will also capture the students own research which is relevant to the topic of teaching and coaching.
  • Organisation of a participatory and health based activity day which involves participants from the local community
  • Enrollment in a selected NGB coaching programme
  • Completion of a Micro Teaching session within two pre selected individual sports
  • Micro Teaching: This form of assessment will allow for the student to demonstrate their teaching and coaching ability. The student will design, manage and run a safe and effective skills based practical session in athletics and gymnastics.

Repeat Assessments

  • The module has a practical and a theoretical component.
  • Both theory and practice must be passed to meet the learning outcomes
  • Students must receive a minimum grade of 40% in both components to pass.
  • Failed components will be repeated.

Indicative Syllabus

Skill Development  

The Performer                                                                                                            

  • Maturation 
  • Motivation
  • Social Motives
  • Specific Needs, Intellectual and Physical disabilities
  • Motor programmes and skill classifications


Introduction to Athletics

  • Ethical practice for the coach
  • Coaching skills
  • Devloping lesson plans
  • Hosting an athletics meeting

Track Events                                                                                                        

  • Road running, Cross Country and track events
  • Running Techniques:  Head, shoulder, leg drive, knee positions, arm action
  • Training programmes for endurance, speed, speed endurance

Field Events                                                                                                                 

  • Shot
  • Javelin
  • Discus                                                                                                                       
  • High Jump
  • long Jump
  • Triple Jump                                                                            

Preparing for Competition                                                                                          

  • Warm-up
  • The event
  • Cool down


 Exploring body positions

  • Balance and Flexibility
  • Cross-Leg Sit to Stand
  • Thread the Needle

Exploring Support Skills

  • Support on three or four body parts
  • Arm Support
  • V-Sit Support
  • Animal Movements

Exploring Locomotor Skills 

  • Foot patterns
  • Jumps
  • Landing
  • Turns
  • Twisting rotations (sideward tumbling/ pencil roll/ side tuck toll)
  • Combinations and Routines

Foundational Positions and Movements

  • Tuck (sitting tuck / supported tuck / supine tuck / inverted tuck / Learning cues.
  • Pike (sitting . standing / standing supported / supine / inverted / learning cues).
  • Straddle (Sitting / standing / piked / piked supine straddle . piked inverted)
  • Standing balance (Arabesque)
  • Non-standing balance – knee / inverted / front support / shoulder stand / rear support / side support / front support to tuck / v-sit variations /
  • Forward walks . skipping / tuck jump / half turn /
  • Bridge
  • Sideward rotations / Weight transfer – cartwheel
  • Horizontal circular rotations – rolls –roll lead ups – forward and backward / straddle .


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Reflective Logbook Continuous Assessment Individual Project 60 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5,6,8,9
2 In-Class Practical Exploratory Tasks in Gymnastics Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 10 % OnGoing 2,3,4,7
3 Group Gymnastic Movement Sequence Practical Practical Evaluation 30 % OnGoing 2,3,4,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Theory 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical MPC Coaching 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Recommended Reading





Coaching Youth Track & Field

American Sport Education Program

Human Kinetics


Adapted Physical Education and Sport

Winnick, Joseph P

Champaign, IL


Skill Acquisition in Sport: Research, Theory and Practice

Mark Williams, Nicola J. Hodges





Teaching Fundamental Gymnastics Skills

Debby Mitchell, Barbara Davis and Raim Lopez

Human Kinetics




Other Resources
  • Track Suit
  • White Soled Gym Shoes
  • Hard Backed Notebook
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