This unit provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the principles of management and their practical application to sport and recreation organisations operating at the community, state / provincial and international levels. The unit is divided into three major areas of sport and recreation management: the sport and recreation management environment; sport and recreation management principles; and future sport and recreation management challenges. It provides the foundational knowledge and skills to analyse and evaluate approaches to unpredictable problems and management issues.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Define the meaning of management in a sport and active recreation setting, identify its core elements, and note examples of good and bad management;  
  2. Articulate a sound knowledge of planning and strategy and their application to sport and active recreation (S&AR) enterprises in the commercial, government and not for profit sectors;  
  3. Identify how sport and active recreation enterprises can be organised to deliver services in timely and efficient ways;  
  4. Develop a sound knowledge of leadership in sport and active recreation settings, and explain how effective leadership can positively influence motivation, morale, job satisfaction, productivity and service delivery; and  
  5. Explain how performance might be evaluated in sport and active recreation enterprises, taking care to cite how indicators of performance will differ between different types of enterprises.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Enterprise profile report - Review of the conduct of a sport, club, association or agency (Outline and Final Paper). 40%
Presentation Group Presentation: fifteen minute presentation on a key management concept accompanied by Presentation Slides 40%
Test Two quizzes on the principles of good management in sport and active recreation to be completed via VU Collaborate. 20%

Required reading

Sport Management: Principles and Applications, 5th edition,
Hoye, R., Smith, A., Nicholson, M. & , Stewart, B. 2018,
Routledge: London

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