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Undergraduate Course: Sport Management 1 (SPRT08018)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe sport industry is of great social, economic and political significance. Sport is a source of income and expenditure for governments, provides employment for thousands of people and accounts for some of the biggest one-off events on an international scale. The demand for and supply of sport and recreation has increased considerably over the last decade so it is crucial that this industry is managed effectively. This core first year course introduces students to principles of sport management, organisational theory and organisational behaviour.

The private (commercial), public and voluntary sectors of the industry are examined to uncover some of the key similarities and differences in this large and diverse sector. Questions of provision and planning are covered. Key management theories are used to critically examine the management of human, physical and financial resources across different sport sectors. It covers principles of management and examines organisational structures, including governance, key elements of organisational behaviour and culture and organisational development within sport and recreation.

This course considers the implementation and evaluation of policies associated with sport and recreation management and in the complimentary fields of physical activity and health and wellbeing. It focuses on applying theories to traditional and contemporary sport organisations to illustrate the ways in which sport policy is implemented. Professional practice across several sports sectors will be scrutinised.

The course also aims to build key personal study skills that will support academic progress and build professional management capabilities.
Course description Indicative Content
1. Classical and contemporary theories of management.
2. Sport organisations and the mixed economy of provision.
3. Governance and management in sport organisations.
4. Managing conflict in a sport environment.
5. Theories of organisational behaviour and management.
6. Motivation and leadership in organisational contexts in sport.
7. Perception, decision making, communication and group processes.
8. Planning for sport, physical activity and health and wellbeing.
9. Demand and supply in sport and recreation.
10. Finance and funding for sport, physical recreation and activity.
11. Professional skills for study and employment.

Through this course, students will gain insight into theories and different practices of management which can be applied to the sport industry in both public and private sectors.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is not running in 2022-23. Students on resits only.
Additional Costs none
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 44, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 348 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1) Written Assessment 30%

2) Group Presentation 30%

3) Exam 40%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of key management theories and principles, and their application to a range of contemporary sport and recreation organisations.
  2. Critically evaluate organisational behaviour in sport and recreation organisations.
  3. Examine the role of leadership, governance, sound management policies and management practice in sport organisations.
  4. Critically analyse contemporary management issues in sport and recreation organisations and policy principles in the context of management processes in different sectors of sport and recreation.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the sources of funding for sport organisations and relative impact on policy and planning, as well as the inter-relationship between demand and supply in the mixed economy of sport provision.
Reading List
Beech J. and Chadwick, C. (eds) (2013) The Business of Sport Management (2nd edn) Harlow: Pearson

Bill, K. (2009) (ed) Sport Management Exeter: Learning Matters

Byers, T., Slack, T. & Parent, M.M., 2012. Key concepts in sport management, London: SAGE.

Hoye, R., Smith, A. Stewart , B., Nicholson, M. and Westerbeek, H. (2012) Sport Management: Principles and Applications (3rd edn) London: Routledge

Mullins. L. (2013) Management and Organisational Behaviour (11th edn) or 2010 (10 th edn) Pearson

Robinson, L. & Palmer, D. (eds) (2010) Managing Voluntary Sport Organisations. London: Routledge.

Slack,T. and Parent, M. (2006) Understanding Sport Organisations (2nd edn) Illinois: Heinemann.

Taylor ,P. (2011) Torkildsen┬┐s Sport and Leisure Management London: Routledge

Trenberth L. and Hassan, D. (2012) (eds) Managing Sport Business: An introduction. London: Routledge
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course also aims to build key personal study skills that will support academic progress and build professional management capabilities.
Keywordssport management
Course organiserDr Pippa Chapman
Tel: (0131 6)51 6644
Course secretaryMiss Rosie Roberts
Tel: (0131 6)516 210
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