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EDH3256 Sports Organisation Management and Coaching

Semester 2, 2013 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Helmut Geiblinger
Moderator: Kenneth Edwards

Other requisites

State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland are required to possess a current suitability card (Blue Card). (See "Other Requirements" for further information.) Also see:


Successful organisation and management requires skill in administration, promotion, human and physical resource management, fundraising and legal responsibilities. It is essential that all sports administrators have an insight into these areas. Sports organisation and administration involves working cooperatively with outside agencies and providers, councils, local sporting organisations, district, regional, state and national sports governing bodies. Many HPE specialists will be expected to fulfil the responsibilities of sports organisation in schools and will need to work cooperatively with school executive and administration and work colleagues.

This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to confidently undertake these responsibilities. Students will identify clearly stated objectives as well as plan and administer safe and efficient events, particularly for events where sponsors and the media are involved. In planning activities it is necessary to select challenging activities/events, arrange suitable equipment and facilities whilst ensuring safety requirements are met. An important consideration is the strategic deployment of human resources for the sporting event/tournament.

Appreciation of the organisation and conduct of sporting competitions and events can allow professional sportspeople to integrate this knowledge into preparation and thereby enhance performance. It is very useful for those involved with sport to have a wide appreciation of sports. The opportunity to complete accreditation courses in coaching, officiating and/or sports administration is seen as a worthwhile activity. Students will organise and participate in a variety of events and carnivals and complete coaching and associated experiences.


Sport and physical activity play import roles in Australian society. This course focuses on the development of knowledge and skills for the organisation, management and conduct of sporting and other activity programs. Opportunity is also provided to complete studies related to coaching, officiating and/or sports administration to provide for a wider range of skills and expertise.

This course also seeks to provide the opportunity to engage in a variety of physical activities and the opportunity to assist with organising and teaching activities and attend and participate in carnivals and other sporting events. Although the course is slightly geared towards school sports administration, the content and assessment is adaptable to students more interested in general sports administration and coaching in community and government sporting organisations.

To ensure for a more complete experience and provide the opportunity to specialise on a particular activity the course will require the completion of coaching, officiating, health and/or teaching requirements through a commitment of time outside course engagement expectations.

It is expected that through the experiences provided there will be an opportunity to become more knowledgeable about various physical activities, enjoy participating in these for the social and physical benefits and be able to apply some of the knowledge to personal and/or professional contexts.

Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the WEB offering and advised of this change before semester commences.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. plan and promote a carnival, tournament or event demonstrating management of personnel and material resources. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  2. utilise community liaison skills and networking contacts to facilitate officiating at a carnival, tournament or event. (Assessment 1)
  3. evaluate a carnival, tournament or event. (Assessment 1)
  4. understand and demonstrate knowledge of risk assessment, emergency procedures and sports first aid. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  5. create and maintain appropriate, supportive and safe environments and practices for conducting physical activities. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  6. apply the principles of organisation and administration in athlete, team and event management. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)
  7. demonstrate competence in coaching and/or officiating pedagogy through completion of Australian Sports Commission Coaching and Officiating Courses. (Assessment 2)
  8. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (Assessment 1 and Assessment 2)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Sports Organisation
1.1. Structure and organisation of sport
1.2. Resource management: personnel and material
1.3. Community liaison and networking contacts
2. Sports Management
2.1. Risk assessment and management
2.2. Sports Medicine
2.3. Emergency procedures
2.4. Athlete management
2.5. Team management
2.6. Event Management
3. Sports Coaching and Officiating
3.1. Coaching Pedagogy
3.2. Coach Education, Qualifications and Pathways
3.3. Australian Sports Commission - Coaching and Officiating Courses

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Byl, J (2006), Organising successful tournaments, 3rd edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
  • Hoye, R., Nicholson, M., Smith, A., Stewart, B., Westerbeek, H 2010, Sport Management: Principles and Applications, 3rd edn, Routledge.
  • Lines, A (2004), Sport covered: all you need to know to teach more than 20 sports, McGraw-Hill Australia Pty. Ltd, North Ryde, NSW.
  • Schempp, P.G (2003), Teaching sport and physical activity: insights on the road to excellence, Human Kenetics, Champaign, IL.
  • Shilbury, D., Kellett, P 2010, Sport Management in Australia, 4th edn, Allen & Unwin.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSESSMENT 1 40 40 02 Sep 2013
ASSESSMENT 2 60 60 07 Oct 2013

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    ONC: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration
    ONLINE MODE: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them including discussion forums scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to 10 working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted. Extensions will be given only in extenuating circumstances and formal applications for consideration must adhere to the requirements outlined on the form.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. Risk Management: This course involves active participation in physical activity. The course examiner should be informed of any medical conditions which may be exacerbated by involvement in physical activity. You need to wear clothing and athletic shoes appropriate to the conditions. In many cases the practical sessions will be run in an outdoor environment. You are required to use appropriate sun safety behaviours and to wear protective clothing shirts with sleeves, headwear, sunscreen, and sunglasses. There are no other risks beyond the ordinary.