Module Title:Foundations of Sport Management
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 5 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. Problem solving exercises - student will work individually and in teams to resolve various business scenarios. Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. On-line learning - the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. Self-directed Independent learning - the emphasis on independent learning will develop strong and autonomous work and learning skills
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to introduce students to the topic of management and the key management functions in a sports setting. The student will apply management theories to practical sporting situations.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Explain and apply the key functions of management in a sports setting
LO2 Describe and explain the characteristics, roles and skills of sports managers
LO3 Apply key management theories, tools and techniques used in the sports management process
LO4 Define volunteerism and describe the management of volunteers in a not-for-profit (sporting) context
LO5 Create a volunteer plan for a not for profit sports organisation
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Management
Definition of management; Introduction to functions of management (planning, leading, organising, controlling & staffing); Levels of management; Management roles, skills & characteristics; Types of Sports Organisations (profit/ non- profit)
The Sporting Environment
Definition & importance of understanding the environment in which clubs operate. Macro & micro forces; SWOT, PESTEL;
Types of plans. The planning process. Strategic planning in sports NGBs. The decision making process; Approaches to decision-making. Objective setting
Types of organisational structures. Design of organisational structures. Organisational structures of NGBs/ clubs.
Definition of volunteerism; Nature of volunteerism. Individual & organisational perspectives of volunteering. Challenges & barriers of volunteering. Process of recruitment & selection of volunteers . Reasons for volunteerism (organisational and personal). The management of volunteers (recruitment, screening, ongoing management).
Definitions of Leadership; Theories of Leadership; Leadership styles
Define motivation; Describe key concepts/theories of motivation; team building; motivation & sports management; Contemporary approaches to motivation
Ethics & Sports Organisation
Definition and introduction to ethics. The manager and their role. Ethical considerations in coach development.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Essay on key functions, roles, responsibilities of a manager in a sports setting. 1,2,3 30.00 n/a
Project Project on the topic of volunteerism in the student's local club. 4,5 40.00 n/a
Short Answer Questions In Class exam/ MCQs 1,2,3,4,5 30.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 6.00
Independent Learning Every Week 12.00
Total Hours 18.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBSMC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sport Management and Coaching 2 Mandatory
CW_BBSOC_D Bachelor of Arts in Sport Coaching and Business Management (Football) 2 Mandatory
CW_BBGAA_D Bachelor of Arts in Sport Coaching and Business Management (GAA) 2 Mandatory
CW_BBRUG_D Bachelor of Arts in Sport Coaching and Business Management (Rugby) 2 Mandatory
CW_BBSBC_B Bachelor or Arts (Honours) in Sport, Business and Coaching 2 Mandatory