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MMS713 - Sport Policy and Development


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Mark Drehlich


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1.5 hour class, 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning including 1 x 1.5 hour class, 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week (recordings provided)


This unit aims to enable students develop effective sport development programs and practices, and assists them with the planning, designing and managing of sport systems and pathways for sporting organisations and communities. This is achieved through introducing students to major issues in policy development and development practices in sport organisations. A critical review of development practices of and through sport driven by excellence in sports performance and improved participation respectively will be presented. Students will be given the opportunity to explore policy and sport development issues through innovative experiential learning techniques and case studies.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Define sport development and the implications for promoting sport in communities.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

Evaluate a range of international sport development practices.

GLO8: Global citizenship

Analyse sport systems and pathways and their impacts on development of and through sport.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking

Identify the political, social, health and economic efficiencies derived from sport development.

GLO8: Global citizenship

Contrast sport policy and sport development practice to identify emerging issues and develop strategies to address these.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: (Individual) - Written Assignment 3500 words 50% Week 7
Assessment 2: (Individual) - Written Assignment 3500 words 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

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