SPM 110 - Foundations of Sports Management
An overview of the sports management profession focusing on its foundational aspects and current topics from the field. Students will learn the relevance of sociological, cultural, historical, political, and psychological concepts to the management of sport. Students will also learn the necessary professional skills and attitudes of sports managers, and the manner in which the globalization of sport continues to affect the sport management professions.
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Define sport management and demonstrate understanding of the nature and scope of the sport industry, management competencies required, and industry opportunities by identifying sport management jobs currently available and the qualifications required.
2. Explain the importance of a professional perspective and exhibit critical professional skills and attitudes.
3. Analyze and discuss the historical aspects of the commercialization of sport and the sport market as evidenced by participation in classroom and online discussions.
4. Explain the relevance of ethical, legal, and sociological concepts to the management of sport.
5. Identify principles of management theory and determine how these principles impact the effective management and leadership of sport organizations.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of the functions and roles of management in sport organizations by researching and reporting on the structure of a sport organization.
7. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic characteristics of the main sport management areas including professional sport, intercollegiate athletics, interscholastic athletics, youth and community sport, sport management and marketing agencies and sport tourism by researching and reporting on topics relevant to each area.
8. Demonstrate knowledge of selected sport management functions including sport marketing, strategic communication, and finance and economics by identifying actions to be taken by functional managers in various scenarios.
9. Analyze and discuss the decision making and actions of sport consumers as evidenced by classroom and online discussions.
10. Analyze and discuss the social significance of sport and its role as a vehicle for social transformation as evidenced by classroom and online discussions.
11. Demonstrate an appreciation of diversity through use of unbiased language and an inclusive approach to sport communication through observations on information received through various forms of sport media.
12. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in the recognition and solution of problems and challenges facing various segments of the industry through case study analysis.
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