Bachelor of Sport Development

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Sport Development
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intakeMarch (Trimester 1)
CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$8,829 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
Tel 03 9244 6555

CRICOS course code058665B
VTAC Codes1400514421 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code M320

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Sport Development focuses on the development of  sport (i.e. sports systems and planning for participation), and development through sport (building social capital and cohesion in communities through sport). The course draws on three streams of study: sport management and marketing; coaching; and exercise and sport science.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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.

Course rules

The Bachelor of Sport Development requires the completion of 24 credit points comprising 10 credit points of Business and Law units, 10 credit points of Faculty of Health units and 4 credit points of elective units.

Students must also complete the 0 credit core point units MCA010 Communication for Academic Studies and HSE010 Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety.

Course structure

Year 1

Trimester 1

MCA010Communication for Academic Studies *

HBS107Understanding Health

HSE105Principles of Sport Coaching

MMM240Organisational Behaviour

MMS100Sport Organisation

HSE010Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety *

*MCA010 Communication for Academic Skills and HSE010 Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety are 0 credit point stand alone units to be completed by all students.

Trimester 2

HBS109Human Structure and Function

MMK101Marketing Fundamentals

MMS201Sport in Society

Plus one HBS/HSE elective

Year 2

Trimester 1

HSE201Exercise Physiology

HSE205Advanced Sport Coaching Theory and Practice

MLC310Sport and the Law

MMK393Integrated Marketing Communications in the Digital Age

Trimester 2

HSE204Motor Learning and Development

MWL101Personal Insight

MMS308Sport Marketing

Plus one Business and Law elective

Year 3

Trimester 1

HSE301Exercise Prescription for Fitness and Health

HSE305Issues in Sport Coaching

MMS307Sport Facility and Event Management

Plus one HBS/HSE elective

Trimester 2

HSE302Exercise Programming

HSE321Sport Coaching and Development Practicum

MMS314Planning for Sport Policy and Development

Plus one Business and Law elective

Recommended HBS/HPS and HSE electives -

HBS108Health Information and Data

HBS110Health Behaviour

HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

HSE102Functional Human Anatomy

HSE106Introduction to Sport Coaching Practice


HSE203Exercise Behaviour

HSE309Behavioural Aspects of Sport and Exercise

Other general elective units

SHD201Creating Sustainable Futures

SHD301Creating Sustainable Futures


The Business Scholars Program (BSP) is open to students of Commerce, Information Systems, Management, Property and Real Estate, Sport Management and Sport Development to recognise, reward and nurture high achieving students admitted to a business degree in the Faculty of Business and Law.

Please refer to the following link for further information:

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.

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants are required to have successfully completed the Victorian Certificate of Education or equivalent. Prerequisites are units 3 and 4 a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.  Those who do not satisfy normal entrance requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work or life experience, are mature-age or who otherwise fall within the categories specified under the Deakin Access and Equity Program are also welcome to apply.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Applications for Campus and Cloud (online) study in Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.