This unit is designed to provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical experience with the administrative functions that support the management, planning and evaluation of sporting and community venues and facilities. The unit draws on the content in sport management, sport marketing and human resources management in sport as a basis to address the issues and problems in sport facility management. The unit aims to provide students with an understanding of key facility management concepts and theories and a capacity to apply these concepts in the sport and recreation facility industry. The skills and knowledge students obtain in this unit contribute to their sport career development.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Integrate conceptual understandings of strategic planning, operational management, staff development, service delivery, performance evaluation with advanced specialist knowledge and managerial know-how within sport facility management;  
  2. Adapt and apply theoretical and technical knowledge and skills in diverse contexts that underpin the effective management of sport facilities;  
  3. Critically review and apply information with initiative and judgement in order to both anticipate and creatively solve problems related to the management of sport facilities; and  
  4. Exhibit professional judgment, ethical standards, and social sensitivity by adapting knowledge and managerial skills to make decisions that provide inclusive, sustainable and culturally relevant sport facility services.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Research Paper Research paper on Facility Management topic that is interest to student and applicable to chosen facility site visit (750 words) 20%
Presentation Student presentation of data collected during facility site visits 30%
Case Study Students will research selected case studies and lead class discussion on topic 10%
Report Facility performance evaluation report. Students will submit an evaluation report on the performance of a sport or recreation facility (1200 words) 40%

Required reading

Managing Sport Facilities and Major Events, 2nd Edn
Schwarz, E.C., Westerbeek, H., Liu, D., Emery, P. & Turner, P. (2017)
Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge

Sport facility management: organizing events and mitigating risks,
Ammon, R, Southall, R & Blair, D 2010,
Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology

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