Sport Management Principles

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sport Management Principles

  • 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

    Sport Management Principles is designed to provide students with an understanding of the Australian sport industry, the unique features of sport, and how sport organisations operate in public, non-profit and professional sectors. The course provides understanding of the roles and responsibilities of sport managers, relationships between professional administrators and volunteers, and current issues facing the industry. 

    Course Introduction:
    Sport management is a multi-disciplinary field that requires an understanding of the issues that face sport and the sport organisations that operate within the community, government and professional sectors. It is concerned with the roles and functions of sport managers who manage organisations and work with a diverse range of people in an increasingly complex environment. This course will provide students with a holistic understanding of the sport management industry, principles and theories and how they apply to real life sport organisational contexts.

    Content Summary:
    The course will be delivered though a combination of lectures, workshops and blended learning activities. Lectures aim to introduce and explain important concepts central to sport management as a basis of the sport management major. Workshops aim to develop the written communications skills of students, and help students shape their professional identity and build professional awareness.

    Blended learning tools and on-line technologies will be used to enhance the student learning experience and aid pedagogical practice.

    Lectures, workshops, and on-line engagement are designed to maximise learning opportunities and are considered to be integral to the organisation and teaching of this course. Therefore, students are expected to attend all classes, complete required readings and prepare for workshop activities prior to class to ensure effective learning. Lecture outlines and workshop tasks will be provided on-line prior to each class, and students are expected to use Learning@Griffith to access and become familiar with course content, materials for workshop participation, and assessment requirements.

    Course Aims
    This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the application of core management principles to sport. From a theoretical perspective students will be introduced to the unique features of sport and the type of organisations that operate in the public, non-profit and professional sectors of the Australian sport industry. A brief historical overview of sport management in Australia will form the basis for understanding the Australian sport system and how it functions. Concepts of management will be applied to the structure of sport organisations, personnel management and the relationship between volunteers and professional sport administrators. To enhance understanding of effective management and operation of sport organisations, the key issues facing the sport industry and the impact they have on the roles and responsibilities of sport managers and administrators will also be considered. Importantly this course contributes to the development of Griffith Graduate Skills through teaching, practice and assessment as itemised in the Graduate Skills table.


    Learning Outcomes

    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    • Identify and describe the structures and functions of the Australian sport system (content outcome)
    • Understand the key managerial and administrative responsibilities associated with the role of sport managers (cognitive outcome)
    • Critically evaluate the issues and problems facing sport managers and influencing the future directions of the sport industry (application outcome)

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.