Bachelor of Sport Development

Course summary for current students

Year2018 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Sport Development
Course Map

This course map is for new students commencing from 2018.

If you require a copy of an older course map, please contact Business and Law Student Services.

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code058665B
Deakin course codeM320
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Learn about sport pathways and coaching, and the marketing and management of sport, and turn your passion for sport into a rewarding career with Deakin’s Bachelor of Sport Development.

Deakin is one of Australia's foremost universities in the delivery of sports courses. The Bachelor of Sport Development draws on streams of study to build an understanding of sport systems, programs and pathways, contemporary health and community development approaches, and the organisation, management and governance of sport organisations. You'll learn how to develop coaching programs and sport development philosophies, and examine theoretical aspects of the science of coaching and how sport is used as a vital tool for development.  You'll undertake analyses on agencies and organisations within the sports industry; at the same time examining and developing skills utilised by professional sport managers.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Sport Development prepares students for careers in coaching, the leisure industry, sports science and in the field of community sports development.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Demonstrate core knowledge of the distinction between the development of and through sport by analysis and application of theory in sport development, coaching, and allied disciplines in order to provide effective management in the development and delivery of sport.
Communication Develop written, oral and visual communication skills around complex concepts for diverse stakeholders with interests in sport development and coaching including organisations in government and corporate sectors, and those involved in delivery of sport at community through to elite settings.
Digital literacy Select and use a range of digital technologies in appropriate ways to manage and disseminate relevant information to stakeholders engaged in sport development and coaching.
Critical thinking Demonstrate the ability to exercise reasoned judgement and reflection in relation to managing sport development and coaching.
Problem solving Identify and address issues, formulate solutions related to the development and design of sport policy, systems, pathways and practices to implement efficient strategic and operational outcomes for enhancing the development of and through sport.
Self management Demonstrate skills to work independently and take responsibility for continuing professional development.
Teamwork Constructively engage in teams to contribute to collaborative outcomes and be able to take on roles towards demonstration of sound management of sport development and coaching.
Global citizenship Engage as a professional in the sport industry with the skills that are applicable to a variety of contexts (sport science, coaching, sport management) and issues (global, social, ethical, cultural) in the development of and through sport.


Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Sport Development, students must attain a total of 24 credit points.  Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.

To complete the course you must include:-

  • 10 credit points of Faculty of Business and Law core units
  • 10 credit points of Faculty of Health core units
  • a zero credit point safety induction unit
  • 2 credit points of Faculty of Business and Law elective units
  • 2 credit points of Faculty of Health elective units

Course structure

Core Units

Faculty of Business and Law units:

MLC310Sport and the Law

MMK101Marketing Fundamentals

MMK295Integrated Marketing Communications in the Digital Age ^

MMM240Organisational Behaviour

MMS100Sport Organisation

MMS201Sport in Society

MMS307Sport Facility and Event Management

MMS308Sport Marketing

MMS314Planning for Sport Policy and Development

MWL101Personal Insight

^ Previously coded MMK393

Faculty of Health units:

HBS107Understanding Health

HSE010Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety (0 credit point unit)

HSE105Principles of Sport Coaching

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HSE201Exercise Physiology

HSE204Motor Learning and Development

HSE205Advanced Sport Coaching Theory and Practice

HSE301Exercise Prescription for Fitness and Health

HSE302Exercise Programming

HSE305Issues in Sport Coaching

HSE321Sport Coaching and Development Practicum

Elective units

The remaining 4 credit points are to include:

  • 2 credit points of Business and Law elective units and
  • 2 credit points of Health elective units

Some recommended HBS/HPS and HSE electives

HBS108Health Information and Data

HBS110Health Behaviour

HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

HSE102Functional Human Anatomy

HSE106Unit description is currently unavailable


HSE203Exercise Behaviour

HSE309Behavioural Aspects of Sport and Exercise

Other general elective units

SHD201Creating Sustainable Futures

SHD301Creating Sustainable Futures