The programme involves traditional lectures, tutor- and student-led seminars, tutorials and self-directed learning. Guest speakers and involvement with external sports organisations develop students' practical awareness and understanding of the sports industry. Strong links have been developed with the sports development departments and sports providers in Kent.
Theoretical modules are assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework. A number of the vocationally/practice-based modules will be assessed using a combination of coursework and observation. Other methods of module assessment include presentations, reports, essays, peer assessment and time-constrained exercises.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- management processes, procedures and practices
- concepts and marketing models within a sporting context
- management of employees in sports industries
- leadership theory and styles and the relevant models
- contemporary and pervasive issues deepening and/or integrating core knowledge
- social processes that influence individual and group behaviour
- the framework of the areas of organisations' 'External Environment' and 'Management' in regards to markets, customers, people, operations, communications and IT, and business policy and strategy.
You gain intellectual skills in the following:
- academic study, including critical evaluation
- effective self-management in terms of time, planning and behaviour, motivation, self-starting and enterprise
- how to apply knowledge to solve familiar and unfamiliar problems in order to develop reasoned arguments and challenge assumptions
- self-appraisal and reflection on practice
- critical evaluation of arguments and evidence
- the ability to recognise and respond to moral, legal, ethical and safety issues that relate to your studies.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following areas:
- creating, evaluating and assessing options in a range of business situations, applying concepts and knowledge appropriately
- communicating effectively, orally and in writing, about business issues
- conducting research into business and management issues, either individually or as part of a team
- applying and evaluating relevant managerial skills to a range of vocational and professional situations
- identifying, formulating and solving business decision-making problems using appropriate qualitative and quantitative tools.
You gain transferable skills in:
- communication, presentation, numeracy and IT
- interactive skills and group work
- problem solving
- self-management and time-keeping
- how to identify and make use of information from various sources to assess ideas.
The programme aims to:
- provide a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary education
- prepare students for the challenges of an expanding and rapidly changing sports industry, while providing them with a wide choice of career paths
- provide an understanding of key concepts and skills within the field of management studies and how these are applied to the world of work
- provide a critical knowledge and understanding of sport management
- develop key transferable skills with applications in management
- present a challenging and valuable educational experience through the integration of theory and practice.