Sport Development Systems

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sport Development Systems

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Sports Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course provides students with a critical understanding of development within the Australian sport system. An underlying theme is the tension between developing participation rates and performance standards. From a systems perspective students will develop an understanding of the policies, programs, processes and structures that influence the development of sport
    Course Introduction
    Contact summary
    During this course, students are required to attend lectures, seminars and site-visits. Students are encouraged to attend all lectures and seminars as the four assessment items in this course will be covered during this time. All students are expected to attend the site-visits, which will be conducted at two sport venues and are critical to students gaining a practical understanding of sport development at both community and elite levels.
    Course Aims
    Sport operates in an increasingly complex environment with social, legal, political and technological factors driving the need for the development of sport to adopt a comprehensive and long-term approach to planning. Due to increasing demands and competition for limited resources, managers of sport organisations are required to approach their work with a high degree of professionalism and the knowledge and skills to develop sport in a proficient manner. As such, a major aspect of the Sport Development Systems module requires students to actively identify problems, or issues in developing support and propose feasible solutions to counter or affect change. Sport managers must also be mindful of the operational environment of sport and working cooperatively with volunteers, members and other key stakeholders to balance the values of tradition and authenticity in sports practice with the constant need to evolve and maintain relevance in a rapidly changing and increasingly global sport marketplace.
    This course is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of the development of sport with an emphasis on the Australian sport system. A key theme covered in this course concerns the tensions between a focus on elite versus grass-roots participation and vice versa. Utilising a systems perspective, students will develop an understanding of the policies, programs, processes and structures that influence the development of sport theoretically and practically. Perspectives of sport development include historical milestones and political ideologies, foundations and applications of sport policy, sport development models and planning, community sport development, sport inequality, partnerships, resources and roles in sport development, sport for development, organisational development, understanding and working with sport volunteers as a sport development professional. The foci of sport development in this course will be sport organisations (clubs, SSOs and NSOs); teams and individuals (athletes, coaches, officials and administrators); and the positive and negative consequences of increasing mass participation and enhancing elite level performance.
    Interrelationship of the Course with Other Course(s) and Program(s)
    This course will extend students level of understanding of the management and development of sport service delivery systems by building upon knowledge and skills acquired through the 80 credit points that formed the first year of the Bachelor of Business program. Specifically this module will build upon the first year modules: foundation studies and management concepts and second year courses in sport management including: sport business environments, sport facility and planning, sport events, sport marketing and sport information.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Identify and describe the major systems and elements that significantly influence the development of mass participation and elite performance standards in sport.
    2 Analyse, interpret and critically evaluate the values that inform selected sport policies, programs, processes and structures and their impacts on sport development.
    3 Understand and articulate the roles of professional staff and volunteers, the agencies within which they work or volunteer and their roles in the development of sport.
    4 Demonstrate the application of effective communication and problem solving skills in the interpretation, analysis, implementation and evaluation of programs and services designed to facilitate the development of sport.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Personal Reflection: My Sport Development Journey


    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Semester Essay


    Exam - constructed response
    End of semester exam


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.