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Sport Governance and Policy (11563.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Sport and Exercise Science



This unit is designed to encourage students to develop the skills necessary to critically analyse the principles of governance in sport and the creation, implementation and review of policy. In particular, the unit will focus on identifying organisational governance structures, management and use of assets (e.g. facilities, infrastructure, equipment and personnel), identification and management of risk and the overall policy process. Areas of discussion will include how sporting organisations set and achieve their objectives; the rules and procedures for making organisational decisions; the means of optimising and monitoring performance; along with strategic planning and policy development.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Identify and contextualise the principles of governance and how an organisation develops strategic goals as part of a system of governance that fits the applicable sport;

2. Interpret the broad principles of governance and policy development and how those principles might be applied on an operational level;

3. Identify the steps for an organisation to comply with its legal and regulatory obligations and ultimately ensure it is acting in the best interests of its stakeholders;

4. Critically evaluate the mechanisms and benchmarks for organisational performance and how its board can ensure best practice and measure performance; and

5. Illustrate an understanding of policy development, implementation and methods for evaluating policy effectiveness.

Contact Hours

One 1 hour lecture and one 2 hour workshop per week delivered in flexible mode (on campus and/or online).





Assumed Knowledge

Introductory knowledge of the Australian sport system.

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Equivalent Units

9368 Sport Governance and Policy

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