Module Title:Foundations of Sport Management
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Learners will be exposed to theory and practice of sports management through exposure to and study of academic materials (texts, journals etc.) and industry practice materials (case studies, live case examples, industry reports etc.). Classes will be tutorial in nature where learners will be expected to actively engage with module materials (online & offline), problem solving exercises and participate in class discussion and debate. Learners will be encouraged to self-reflect.
Module Aim: This module aims to introduce learners to the study of management and the application of a broad array of management theories and practices to a sporting context.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate a knowledge and application of the key functions of management
LO2 Display an understanding of the nature of management and the characteristics, roles and skills of managers
LO3 Identify and evaluate the forces that exist in the business (sports) environment
LO4 Apply key management theories, tools and techniques used in the management process
LO5 Display an understanding of the nature of volunteerism and the management of volunteers in a not-for-profit (sporting) context
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Management
Definition of management; Introduction to functions (PLOCS); Levels of management; Management roles, skills & characteristics; Types of businesses
Contributors to Management Theory
Management theories; Critical comment on management theories
The Business Environment
Definition & Importance of understanding the business environment; Macro & Task forces; SWOT, PESTEL; Entrepreneurship & small business
Planning and Decision Making
Definitions of planning; Levels of planning; Strategic planning process; The decision making process; Management by objectives; Barriers to planning
Leading and Leadership
Definitions of Leadership; Theories of Leadership; Leadership styles
Organising and Controlling
Organising defined; Organisational structures; Nature and purpose of control; Types of organisational control
Define communication & importance for management; Communication process; Barriers to effective communication; Types of Communication; Dealing with conflict
Define motivation; Describe key concepts/theories of motivation; team building; motivation & sports management
Volunteering & HRM
Define volunteerism; Nature of volunteerism; Individual & organisational perspectives of volunteering; Challenges & Barriers of Volunteering; Define Human Resource Management, HRM activities; Process of recruitment & selection of volunteers
Current Management Issues
Ethics and Social Responsibility; Managing change; Workplace Diversity
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Learners will be required to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes through continuous assessment work. This work may take the form of an essay, exam, reflection, project, presentation, but not limited to these formats. Assessments will take place in Term 1 and Term 2. 1,2,3,4 60.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam 3 Hour written examination 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.67
Total Hours 170.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBGAA_D BA in Sport Coaching & Business Management (GAA) 1 Mandatory
CW_BBRUG_D BA in Sport Coaching & Business Management (Rugby) 1 Mandatory
CW_BBSOC_D BA in Sport Coaching & Business Management (Soccer) 1 Mandatory
CW_BBSMC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sport Management and Coaching 1 Mandatory