Essentials of Coaching

Course Description

Effective coaching has long been recognized as a key element of success in the world of sports. More recently, a new breed of coaches has emerged to help people transform their personal and professional lives. In this course, we will explore the theories, concepts, and techniques of personal life and business coaching. Students will learn about the history of coaching, its uses in personal and professional development and practical applications. Working individually, in pairs, and in small groups, students will practice coaching skills and keep a detailed learning journal. This course will be highly experiential and collaborative in nature. Students will learn concepts of coaching for personal development and professional effectiveness.

Course Learning Goals

After completing this course, you will be able to:

Course Competencies

In this course, you will develop the following competencies:


Competence Statement and Criteria


Understands principles of life coaching and can apply them to professional growth and development


Understands principles of life coaching and can apply them to professional growth and development

Course Resources

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Required Reading:

Kimsey-House, H., Kimsey-House, K., Sandahl, P., Whitworth, L. (2018) Co-Active Coaching: The Proven Framework for Transformative Conversations at Work and in Life. (4th ed.) Boston, MA: Nicholas Brealey Publishing.

Additional readings and viewings will be available within the course.

The following readings are available through the library E-reserves:

Course Grading Scale

A = 95 to 100

A- = 91 to 94

B+ = 88 to 90

B = 85 to 87

B- = 81 to 84

C+ = 77 to 80

C = 73 to 76

C- = 69 to 72

D+ = 65 to 68

D = 61 to 64

F = 60 or below


Grades lower than a C- do not earn credit at the School for Continuing and Professional Studies.

Discussion Forums

Discussion Forums are an important component of your online experience and are mandatory. This course contains discussion forums related to the topics you are studying each week. For requirements on your participation in the discussion forums see “Grading Policies and Practices” below. 


Course Structure

This course consists of 5 modules. The estimated time to complete each module is one week.

The following table outlines the course:

Week,  Module # and Title



Week 1, Module 1: Introductions

Kimsey-House, Chapters 1-3

1.1: Discussion: Introduction
1.2: Discussion: Class Climate
1.3: Discussion: Listening
1.4:Two coaching sessions
1.5: Reflection Essay

Week 2, Module 2: Essential Coaching

Kimsey-House, Chapters 4-7

2.1: Discussion: Coaching Space
2.2: Discussion: Intuition
2.3 Discussion: Techniques
2.4:Two coaching sessions
2.5: Reflection Essay

Week 3, Module 3: Coaching and Collaboration

Kimsey-House, Chapters 8-10

"The Art of Collaboration"

"Executive Coaching: It Works!"

3.1: Discussion: Coaching Niche
3.2: Discussion: L7 Collaboration
3.3: Discussion: FX Case Study
3.3: Two coaching sessions
3.4: Reflection Essay
3.5: Group Discussion

Week 4, Module 4: What Role Emotions?

Kimsey-House, Chapters 11-12

4.1: Discussion: Coaching Techniques
4.2: Discussion: Human Emotions
4.3: Discussion: Coaching Evaluation
4.4: Two coaching sessions
4.5: Reflection Essay

Week 5, Module 5: Assessing the Good


5.1: Discussion: Film Analysis
5.2: Discussion: Self-evaluation
5.3: Two coaching sessions
5.4: Reflection Essay
5.5: Ethics and dilemmas
5.6: Coaching Final

To see the course due dates, please check the Calendar on your course home page.

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Assessment of Learning

Percentage distribution of Assessments

Grading Category:

% of Final Grade:

All discussions


Weekly Coaching Appts


Reflection essays


Group assignment / Ethical dilemmas / Coaching Final


Grading Policies and Practices

To complete the course, you must complete each of the assignments as described in the course and submit them to your instructor by the assigned deadline.  In addition, you must participate in the course discussion forum by responding to all instructor requests and by interacting with fellow classmates as necessary. Requirements for each forum/post are provided in each discussion question in each weekly module. 

DISCUSSION POSTS: all discussions close on the last day of each module.  Any/all posts made after the close of each module will NOT be graded.  There is a 5 point per post grade penalty for each missing post.
WEEKLY ASSIGMENTS: weekly assignments must be submitted on time.  There is a 5 point per day grade penalty for any assignment submitted past its due date.  Feedback on late assignments will be brief. 


General Assessment Criteria for All Writing Assignments

All writing assignments are expected to conform to basic college-level standards of mechanics and presentation. Be sure each document you submit is double spaced and has your full name typed on each page.

Consider visiting the Writing Center to discuss your assignments for this course or any others. You may schedule appointments (30 or 50 minutes) on an as–needed or weekly basis, scheduling up to 3 hours worth of appointments per week. Online services include Feedback–by–Email and IM conferencing (with or without a webcam). All writing center services are free.

Writing Center tutors are specially selected and trained graduate and undergraduate students who can help you at almost any stage of your writing. They will not do your work for you, but they can help you focus and develop your ideas, review your drafts, and polish your writing. They can answer questions about grammar, mechanics, different kinds of writing styles, and documentation formats. They also can answer questions and provide feedback online, through IM/webcam chats and email.

Obviously, the tutors won’t necessarily be familiar with every class or subject, but they are able to provide valuable help from the perspective of an interested and careful reader as well as a serious and experienced student-writer.

Schedule your appointments with enough time to think about and use the feedback you’ll receive. To schedule a Face-to-Face, Written Feedback by Email, or Online Appointment, visit

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Discussion Forums

Discussion Forums are an important component of your online experience. This course contains discussion forums related to the topics you are studying each week. For requirements on your participation in the Discussion Forums, please see “Course Expectations” in the syllabus.

A Course Q & A discussion forum has also been established to manage necessary, ongoing social and administrative activities. This is where the management and administrative tasks of the course are conducted, and where you can ask ‘process’ questions and receive answers throughout the course. Please feel free to answer any question if you feel you know the answer; this sharing of information is valuable to other students.

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Course Policies

College and University Policies

This course includes and adheres to the college and university policies described in the links below:

Academic Integrity Policy (UGRAD)

Academic Integrity Policy (GRAD)

Incomplete Policy

Course Withdrawal Timelines and Grade/Fee Consequences

Accommodations Based on the Impact of a Disability

Protection of Human Research Participants

APA citation format (GRAD)

Additional Course Resources

University Center for Writing-based Learning

SNL Writing Guide

Dean of Students Office

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary. If a change occurs, it will be clearly communicated to students.


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