SP5021 - Sport Management Placement

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will develop vocational skills and competencies in sport management using the work-place as a learning environment. The module will help you to build upon both the theoretical underpinning and the transferable skills gained in the academic areas of the programme up to this point. The placement is designed to develop your understanding of organisational behaviour in sport, enable you to reflect upon the knowledge, skills and experience that you acquire through the process, and give you an insight into a ‘real-life’ working experience within a sport management context.

How will I learn on this module?

A short series of lectures will help you to prepare for the placement experience. As well as providing practical guidance on finding a placement, the lectures will support you in applying for placements and preparing for interviews. You will be enabled to reflect on your existing knowledge, skills and experience, to develop and/or improve your CV, and to articulate what you want to gain or achieve from your placement opportunity. Independent study is expected and encouraged, and is supported by the provision of a reading list of material related to employability and work-experience learning. The learning strategy of delivered sessions, directed, independent and work-experience learning aims to develop your conceptual knowledge of organisational behaviour and management in the sport context. The process of applying for,
planning and implementing the placement experience is also designed to develop your personal skills and competencies.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module tutors will use online resources and the eLP to provide support materials. A module reading list, and weekly readings will also be provided to help guide your own independent study. You will also be allocated an academic ‘Placement Supervisor’ who will be available to help you throughout the whole process of applying for opportunities, planning the placement, and undertaking the work experience. An ‘Assessment Guidance Session’ will be provided, within seminars, at appropriate points, for each of the summative assessments.

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. You will be able to identify and analyse the aims and objectives of a specific sport organisation and evaluate the specific personal competencies required for a post within the organisation.
2. You will be able to plan, implement and evaluate a vocational experience in sport management.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You will be able to contribute to the effective operation of a sport-related organisation.
4. You will be able to produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate learning in the work environment.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will be able to reflect upon your knowledge, skills, experience and values through the process of planning and carrying out a placement experience.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment: Initial preparation and formative assessment includes the development and production of a curriculum vitae and job application processes (i.e. a letter to a host). This written work is reviewed by the supervisor and formative feedback is provided. Subsequent formative assessment takes place by way of assessment guidance
sessions and regular interaction between you and your placement supervisor.
Summative assessment 1: The Placement Logbook is intended to encourage you to record your activity and progress in obtaining a placement and designing the learning experience. The logbook is designed to assess learning outcomes 1 and 2, and will enable you to critically examine and evidence your own personal skills to support the process of applying for and planning the placement experience.
Summative assessment 2: The Placement Contract is intended to encourage you to design your learning experience: to establish aims and objectives for your placement; to communicate with your host provider; to agree responsibilities and expectations for the placement; and to organise and record key information about your placement. The aim of the placement contract is for you to set out a professional action plan in advance of the placement period itself, and thereby it assesses learning outcomes 2 and 3.
Summative assessment 3: The Placement Portfolio will require you to:
(a) Critically evaluate your host organisation, and its fulfilment of its sport management role (LO1);
(b) Reflect on your own personal development in the workplace (LO2 & 5);
(c) Provide evidence of your contribution to the host organisation, and of the knowledge, skills, competencies and values that you used and developed while on placement (LO3 & 4);
(d) Obtain a Host Report in which the placement host gives feedback on your employability skills, and identifies how you
have contributed to the effective operation of the organisation (LO3 & 4).

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

The workplace is a valuable and important learning environment. This semester-based work-experience placement is a potentially life-changing opportunity to work with a sport-management-related organisation, to build upon the knowledge and skills that you have acquired so far on the programme, and to develop new knowledge and skills in a real-life work setting. The process of finding, planning and carrying out a placement will also help you to reflect upon your strengths, weaknesses and values in relation to future employment.
By giving you insight into a particular role, organisation or sector, the placement experience can help to inform your future career direction; it can help to enhance your CV, and give you an opportunity to make contacts within the industry. Placements have been known to lead to summer work opportunities or even to subsequent full-time employment.

Course info

UCAS Code CN62

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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