Project Description

This unique course enables current practitioners to develop their conceptual and theoretical understanding in Basketball Business Administration including Training technologies and Coaching excellence.
The delivery of the course will focus upon an innovative approach that will involve teaching in both Lithuania and IBU partner University country and will take a one year period to complete. Lectures and seminars will strategically take place at mid and end of the playing season, whilst online classes and tutorials will be available throughout the year.
This course provides students with a unique opportunity to combine studies with elite sports activities, and enables current practitioners to develop their conceptual and theoretical understanding in the field of Basketball Business Administration as well as gives a lot of knowledges about Training and Coaching process management.
It will be of interest to coaches, senior players, coach educators and students throughout Europe who have an interest in developing the game and players.
Practical skills in a range of scientific disciplines will be further developed in order to enhance the coaching process, and you will be able to critically reflect upon contemporary principles and practices in basketball coaching. In cooperation with Lithuanian Basketball Coaches Association, the course offers an exchange of methods of basketball practice that exists throughout Europe and provides students with fundamental knowledge and skills.
A range of learning styles and activities will be employed, focussing on student engagement and the development of independent learning.

These include: Lectures Practical sessions, Small group discussions, Individual research, Distance learning and etc.
The main purpose of the course is to give skills for students to be able criticaly understand strenghts of Lithuanian basketball system and to apply it in respective country or basketball organisation. Course covers different basketball management and coaching systems, use of latest technologies in basketball, recognise and solve problems, make the right conclusions, relate practical experience with acknowledged professional competence training and learning models on the basis of international level achievements in fundamental and applied interdisciplinary science and technology.

Key features

• This master degree is connected to the leading Lithuanian basketball schools and leagues, and could provide opportunities to coach youth teams in basketball academies.
• The coach education programme allows you to gain coaching awards whilst you actively playing professional basketball or starting coaching career.
• Strong partnerships with local Lithuanian basketball organisations allows provide invaluable real-world experience and insight through work-based learning activities
• It could be organised as the Joint degree course delivered at Lithuania and selected IBU partner University country.
• Progression on to further career via a linked professional placement, or in to employment in the basketball and sport industry.

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QUALIFICATION TO BE CONFERRED: Master of Sports.

STUDY TYPE, DURATION, CREDITS: Part-time – 2 years; 120 ECTS.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Master’s degree in Sport will give students the opportunity to pursue a career in many fields of sport, useful not only in the area of sports coaching, but also in business activities. The knowledge acquired can be used in such areas as basketball training, youth education, basketball analysis or research activity, working as a health promotion or physical capacity building professional.

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STUDY MODULES

Basketball Coaching Concepts

Basketball Management Concepts

Scientific Concepts of Basketball Coaching

Athletic Training in Basketball

Current Issues in Basketball Research

Dissertation

Professional Practice

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Entry requirements

Students will normally have a good first degree in a coaching related degree. Students who hold a lower coaching-related degree classification, or a non-coaching related degree will be considered on a case by case basis and may be required to submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate coaching experience.
A critical understanding of the game and coaching process is a basic requirement of admission.
Candidates with an acceptable academic background and/or extensive experience in the game of basketball may apply for Accreditation of prior learning (APL) and experience (APEL). It is advisable for candidates to discuss this with the Course Leader initially.
Our policy is to offer a place to any student that we deem to be capable of success and who is likely to substantially benefit from the programme. We support the University’s mission statement of increasing access, widening participation and assisting students to achieve their potential.

Assessment

A wide variety of assessment methods are used including: written assignments, data handling assignments, case study, oral presentation and defence, integrative curriculum project, portfolio, business plan, group presentation and Advanced Independent Study.

Employability

It is envisaged that upon completion of the Masters programme, students may continue in academia to study for further research/higher degrees, secure employment or have opportunities to gain promotion within their own organisation or move to a more senior management position in other organisations.

Study options

The Programme offers a full range of intermediate awards:

Postgraduate Certificate in Sport (60 M level credit points; 30ECTS) Students must successfully complete a minimum of three modules each of 20 M level credit points with at least one pathway specific module.

Postgraduate Diploma in Sport (120 M level credit points; 60ECTS) Students must successfully complete a minimum of six modules each of 20 M level credit points with at least one pathway specific module.

Master of Science in ‘named pathway’ (180 M level credit points; 90ECTS) Students must successfully complete six taught modules each of 20 M level credit points, and the Advanced Independent Study (60 M Level credit; 30ECTS) encompassing 15,000 word Advanced Independent Study

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COURSE TUTORS

Jesus Bueno Pascual
Jesus Bueno PascualNBA vice-president Europe, Middle East and Africa
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Maurizio Gherardini
Maurizio GherardiniGeneral Manager of Fenerbache, Istanbul. Former vice-president of Toronto Raptors (NBA)
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Prof. Jaime Sampaio
Prof. Jaime SampaioLeading European basketaball scientist
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Edvinas Eimontas
Edvinas EimontaseSports expert. Former president of LTU football federation
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Henrik Detmann
Henrik DetmannHead coach at Finnish National Men's Team
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Kestutis Kemzura
Kestutis KemzuraCoach at Olympiacos, Greece. Former head coach of LTU Mens National team.
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Prof. Dr. Rutenis Paulauskas
Prof. Dr. Rutenis PaulauskasCoached LTU Women's National team. Basketball expert.
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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Daniele Conte
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Daniele ConteAssoc. Professor and scientist at LSU University.
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Mindaugas Reinikis
Mindaugas ReinikisAssociation of National Press, Chairman
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Dr. Mindaugas Balciunas
Dr. Mindaugas BalciunasPhD in basketball science, Eurobasket 2011 organizer
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Jonas Stadalninkas
Jonas StadalninkasFormer General director of BC Zalgiris Kaunas
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Matt Weston
Matt WestonNational Basketball League (NBL), Australia
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