SP4010 - Fundamentals of Sport Management

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the key management theories and principles relevant to the global sport industry. You will be introduced to the core concepts, functions and principles of management, which will help you develop an understanding of the sport management discipline. You will be introduced to such topics as leadership, resource management, organisational theory and behaviour, marketing, facility and event management. You will also learn about how the various theoretical concepts are inter-related and how knowledge of such areas will help make you an effective global sports manager. You will also learn about international aspects of sport management and the opportunities and various jobs that sport management encompasses across the globe.

How will I learn on this module?

The taught content will be delivered and provided in a variety of formats, and you will be able to access materials on the eLP. There will be the opportunity to work in smaller groups with discipline specific members of staff who will facilitate context driven discussion and learning. You will learn through lectures, workshops, seminars and independent learning. The lectures will cover theories and concepts that will enable you to tackle a series of guided exercises. You will work on these during seminar sessions to apply theory to practice and to gain a greater understanding of how to become an effective sport manager. International case study material will be used to demonstrate the diversity aspects associated with sport management and the importance of internationalisation within the discipline. You will undertake practice in developing your management, communication and presentation skills, whilst receiving tutor feedback on your progress.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module information, assessment requirements and expectations, and important module announcements will be made through the eLP. Material to support your learning will be uploaded in advance of sessions. You will be provided with content verbally and guided through tasks during timetabled sessions. A dedicated assessment session will afford you the opportunity to ask assessment related questions in class. The Module Leader is there to support you with any queries that you may have about the module content, and all staff members provide tutorial time outside of class time. Module tutors will provide you with the necessary information on how to arrange a tutorial. You will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on your development during the module, and you will receive feedback on summative work to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial. There is also further academic skills support available from the University Library services.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of core management concepts, theories and practices
2. Identify and distinguish theories and models across a range of sport management disciplines

Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities:
3. Recognise and discuss the basic principles of sport management functions
4. Identify the key skills and competences required for a sport manager

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural Awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Illustrate international examples of sport management in practice, highlighting the values and ethical issues involved in managing global sport organisations

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessment:

Essay, 1,500 words (100% of module mark).

• The key management theories and principles of sport management, demonstrating a knowledge of the range of sport management disciplines.
• Reflection on the key skills and competencies needed for working within an international sport organisation. MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.

Formative assessment: - formal lectures will introduce you to key concepts, which will then be applied within seminars. You will work in groups in the seminars and practice your management, communication and presentation skills to complete specific tasks using real life scenarios. Feedback will be given both on the content and presentation performance. This will assist students in preparing for the assessment. Additionally, to support your learning for the assessment, at the beginning of each lecture session, the tutor will recap the main learning outcomes of the previous session and also ensure student learning by asking key questions. This will enable you to develop your understanding of the principles of sport management.

You will receive written or audio feedback on your summative assessment to help you identify areas of strength and areas for development. There will be the opportunity to discuss your feedback with a member of staff during a tutorial.


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Module abstract

‘Foundations of Sport Management’ aims to provide you with an understanding of the key management theories relevant to the global sport industry. The module introduces the core concepts, functions and environments of sport management, and develops students' understanding of this discipline through the application of management theory to practice via contemporary case studies. Working with experienced teachers in the field of sport management, you will encounter interactive and “fun” teaching styles that help aid your learning and understanding. You will be taught all about the key skills, roles and competences needed in today’s sport industry, such insights will then help give you that “cutting edge” when you apply for that dream sport job. The content of the module will be research-informed and applied and the assessment will reflect this focussing on key functions within sport management and the various international career opportunities that are involved within the subject discipline.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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