The unit provides students with both in-depth theoretical knowledge and practical understanding of the administrative functions that support the professional management of sport facilities and sport events. The unit will focus on elements of planning, design, management, and delivery. Special emphasis will be given to risk management, security and safety, service quality, and performance evaluation. The unit will be structured around case analysis and problem solving utilising class discussions, guest speakers, and facility/event visitations.

This unit is part of a set of two units offering a two week study abroad experience in Madrid, Spain which "lifts and shifts" the classroom from the VU home campus to Real Madrid and includes guest speakers. The cost is included in the unit fees and covers standard airfare, accommodation and a meal plan. Students wishing to upgrade or deviate from the set plan are responsible for the additional costs. Mid-year enrolments are not eligible to do the study tour in their first semester.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review conceptual and theoretical frameworks of strategic planning, operational management, service delivery, performance evaluation with advanced specialist knowledge and managerial expertise within sport facility and event management;  
  2. Conceptualise and contextualise theory, technical knowledge and skills in diverse contexts that underpin the effective management of sport facilities and events;  
  3. Analyse information with clarity and judgement in order to both anticipate and creatively solve problems related to the management of sport facilities and events; and  
  4. Adapt knowledge and managerial skills to make decisions that provide inclusive, sustainable, and culturally relevant sport facility and event services.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Weekly discussion board contributions. 25%
Portfolio Journal of Study Abroad experience. 40%
Report Facility / Event Project Report 35%

Required reading

Sport facility operations management: A global perspective (2nd Edition)
Schwarz, E. C., Hall, S. A., and Shibli, S. (2015)

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