Programming for Sport Development and Community Action

Unit code: SSM2104 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Footscray Park


This unit provides an overview of recreation program planning, development and implementation. It seeks to encourage and support the development of a personal programming philosophy based on an appreciation of the scope of recreation programming and recreation benefits. Recreation programs are one of the key mechanisms for consumers to experience a variety of recreation services. The unit aims to provide students with the knowledge and information to develop, plan, document and deliver recreation programs to different client groups.

The Programming theory incorporates significant principles of the Social Psychology of Leisure. These include: the need for individuals to engage in leisure for their own sense of challenge, achievement and social connection. It also considers the conceptual analysis of Flow theory in program engagement, and the benefits this provides for an individuals’ sense of who they are, skills, and wellbeing.

This unit is an essential second-year unit that sets the framework for recreation professionals to gain the skills to organise and deliver recreation services.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Apply Program Development Cycle to contemporary recreation programs;
  2. Conduct a needs assessment for a range of given recreation programs;
  3. Implement and evaluate a recreation program; and
  4. Critically analyse the basic social and psychological concepts inherent in leisure programs and what people need and respond to.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 20%
Report of recreation visit
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 30%
Program plan for recreation activity (Group - 4 people)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 50%
Quiz - In-class assessments (2 x 25% each)

Required reading

Recreation programming: Designing and Staging Leisure Experiences,
Rossman, J R. & Schlatter, B. 2017| Sagamore: Champaign, Illinois.

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