SP3001 - Sport Development and Management Professions

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed for you to explore the sports industry and the employment routes available to you following the foundation year: sport development and sports management. You will examine the skills relevant for working in this area, including leadership and organisational theories linked to career pathways and employment opportunities in sport development and management. You will be able to reflect upon your study and career options at the end of the module. You will be assessed via a group presentation where you will consider professions within sport development and management, and a portfolio where you will reflect on your own skills and your progress towards a chosen career pathway.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the sports industry, sport careers and the professional skills required for working in sports development and sports management through lectures and active seminars/workshops. Learning and teaching approaches in seminars/workshops will include role-play, presentation, discussion, case studies and examples of job descriptions which will help you relate theory to practice and reflect on your own skill development. You will engage in tutor directed learning to read core supporting texts, seek out up-to-date examples of job descriptions, and identify the employment opportunities in sport management and/or development. You will engage in your own independent learning to understand more about the sport industry, related employment opportunities and skills relevant to your interests.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module teaching team will provide you with support in lectures, seminars and workshops. You will be able to access teaching materials on line via the ELP to help you to prepare for sessions. This site also contains the reading list for the module, a discussion board where you can ask questions and other supportive teaching materials.
The seminars and workshops will provide you with weekly opportunities for direct and interactive formative feedback on you your progress and understanding. You will be able to engage in small group discussions with peers and you will be able to ask questions regarding the assessment during this time. Formative assessment may take place in the form of question and answer sessions, role play tasks and a specific practice presentation opportunity. Staff are also available outside of formal teaching sessions on a sign up basis; staff contact details are made available to you on the ELP.

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?

By the end of this module you should be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
LO1 - Show awareness of the professional practice of sport management and development within the wider range of careers in sport
LO2- Relate theory to practice in the understanding of the skills needed to work in sport management and/or development

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
LO3 - Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills
LO4 - Reflect on your own skills and development needs in relation to employment opportunities in sport

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
LO5 - Show awareness of the nature of sport management and development in society

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a group presentation (50%, LO 3, 5) where you will consider professions in sport development and management (approximate group size of 4) and a written portfolio (50%, LO 1, 2, 4) where you will reflect on your skills and development.


A formative assessment opportunity will be provided to practice presentation skills and content, with immediate feedback provided verbal form in order to support the final assessment.

The feedback on the final presentation will be provided through an assessment rubric with a key strength and weakness highlighted in summary text on the ELP site blackboard.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

The sport industry is a broad area, with many employment and career opportunities that students can find it hard to navigate. This module is designed for you to explore the current sports industry and the employment routes available to you following the foundation year: sport development and sports management. You will explore and examine the skills relevant for working in this area, and research contemporary leadership and organisational theories linked to careers and professional practice in sport management and development. You will develop your own communication skills through an assessed group presentation and through a portfolio on the key skills required for the sport management and/or development industry. You will also engage in formative tasks such as role plays, discussions and seminar presentations. You will be able to reflect on your own professional development needs to help you gain future employment.

Course info

UCAS Code C6N9

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study Foundation year followed by a further 3 years full-time study

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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