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Introduction to the Administration of Leisure and Sport Services

Course Code: SPSC 2292
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will provide students with an introduction to administration and management applied to a variety of club, sport & leisure environments; with an emphasis on interpersonal leadership in diverse settings. Students will be challenged to complete a product or service business plan from idea stage to presentation stage, considering facilities, finances, personnel, promotion, sponsorship and marketing. An aspect of the course will also be for students to reflect on both their personal and professional development for their chosen career path

Course Content

Club, Leisure and Sport Environments:
1. Review the unique characteristics cultures and populations that exist across sport organizations, such 
as: leisure services, sport tourism, youth programs, international sport, community sport, professional 
sport and intercollegiate sport
2. Compare and contrast the different human resources, funding, media coverage and organizational 
structures that exist within in each environment
3. Understand the organizational hierarchy structures of organizations
4. Review and reflect on club, sport or leisure group policies and procedures
5. Utilize critical thinking and ethical decision making in diverse sport or leisure environments
Sport & Leisure Management & Interpersonal Leadership:
1. Relate and apply the sociological significance of sport to management of organizations 
2. Examine group dynamics in leadership, management and consumer behaviour
3. Identify aspects of organizational culture and change
4. Explore leadership styles and administrative types and their application to sport and leisure
5. Discuss personnel management philosophy, staffing, professional development and evaluations 
6. Differentiate and reflect on how to maximize media relations, community relations and public 
relations and understand their various influences in sport
7. Examine various forms of sport communication: personal, organizational, print, electronic and online 
8. Identify and construct the process of volunteer and employee recruitment, selection, monitoring and 
evaluation
9. Plan an event (clinic, workshop, camp or community event) managing all tasks associated with the 
pre-event, the staging event and the post event considerations 
10. Assess legal liability, risk management and insurance within an organization and/or event
11. Interpret and use sport administrative & management research to inform decision making
12. Utilize critical thinking and ethical decision making in management and leadership scenarios
Business Planning Skills
1. Identify and consider key aspects of administrative functions of a club, sport or leisure service, 
product or event: administrative skills, facility management, equipment management & information 
management
2. Create and analyze budgets, complete cost analysis including: revenues and break even points
3. Apply knowledge of consumer demographics, promotion, sponsorship, marketing to the design an 
effective product creation or service design
4. Demonstrate the ability to balance client diversity, globalization and sponsorship in financial 
consideration 
5. Create, review and/or evaluate samples of written and verbal communication, i.e.: presentations, 
interviews, reports, proposals, contracts and grants 
6. Identify many of the issues and challenges involved in successfully planning, implementing and 
evaluating a product, service or idea
7. Utilize critical thinking and ethical decision making in business planning scenarios
Career Planning & Personal and Professional Development 
1. Examine the professional competencies for entry to management level employment in sport
2. Reflect and analyze personal & professional development in the field, i.e.: resume, interviews, 
3. Maintain currency and critically analyze developments and perspective in sport and leisure through

Club, Leisure and Sport Environments:

  1. Review the unique characteristics cultures and populations that exist across sport organizations, such as: leisure services, sport tourism, youth programs, international sport, community sport, professional sport and intercollegiate sport
  2. Compare and contrast the different human resources, funding, media coverage and organizational structures that exist within in each environment
  3. Understand the organizational hierarchy structures of organizations
  4. Review and reflect on club, sport or leisure group policies and procedures
  5. Utilize critical thinking and ethical decision making in diverse sport or leisure environments 
Sport & Leisure Management & Interpersonal Leadership:
  1. Relate and apply the sociological significance of sport to management of organizations 
  2. Examine group dynamics in leadership, management and consumer behaviour
  3. Identify aspects of organizational culture and change
  4. Explore leadership styles and administrative types and their application to sport and leisure
  5. Discuss personnel management philosophy, staffing, professional development and evaluations 
  6. Differentiate and reflect on how to maximize media relations, community relations and public relations and understand their various influences in sport
  7. Examine various forms of sport communication: personal, organizational, print, electronic and online 
  8. Identify and construct the process of volunteer and employee recruitment, selection, monitoring and evaluation
  9. Plan an event (clinic, workshop, camp or community event) managing all tasks associated with the pre-event, the staging event and the post event considerations 
  10. Assess legal liability, risk management and insurance within an organization and/or event
  11. Interpret and use sport administrative & management research to inform decision making
  12. Utilize critical thinking and ethical decision making in management and leadership scenarios
Business Planning Skills
  1. Identify and consider key aspects of administrative functions of a club, sport or leisure service, product or event: administrative skills, facility management, equipment management & information management
  2. Create and analyze budgets, complete cost analysis including: revenues and break even points
  3. Apply knowledge of consumer demographics, promotion, sponsorship, marketing to the design an effective product creation or service design
  4. Demonstrate the ability to balance client diversity, globalization and sponsorship in financial consideration 
  5. Create, review and/or evaluate samples of written and verbal communication, i.e.: presentations, interviews, reports, proposals, contracts and grants 
  6. Identify many of the issues and challenges involved in successfully planning, implementing and evaluating a product, service or idea
  7. Utilize critical thinking and ethical decision making in business planning scenarios
Career Planning & Personal and Professional Development 
  1. Examine the professional competencies for entry to management level employment in sport
  2. Reflect and analyze personal & professional development in the field, i.e.: resume, interviews, 
  3. Maintain currency and critically analyze developments and perspective in sport and leisure through sport research, networking and conference associations
  4. Appreciate, reflect and set professional development goals in the area of personal and professional behaviours and values
  5. Recognize the multitude of employment opportunities in a vast dichotomy of sport, leisure and recreation organizations
  6. Utilize critical thinking and ethical decision making in career and professional development scenarios

Methods of Instruction

1. Lectures 
2. Discussion Groups 
3. Practical applications and experience 
4. Field observation 
5. Guest Speakers

  1. Lectures 
  2. Discussion Groups 
  3. Practical applications and experience 
  4. Field observation 
  5. Guest Speakers

Means of Assessment

Exams & Quizzes  40%
Business Plan 30%
Field Observation & Interview  10%
Student Learning Projects 20%
  100%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. Discuss and compare the targets, aims and/or strategies of a variety of club or leisure and sport environments: local, provincial, national and international
  2. Understand management of club, sport or leisure organizations
  3. Understand human resources and interpersonal leadership in a variety of sport and leisure environments; i.e.: volunteers, staff, community and customers
  4. Identify and apply aspects of business planning to successfully create, implement and evaluate a product, service or idea
  5. Investigate employment opportunities and reflect on personal and professional development in a chosen career

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.

assessments

If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.