SMGT40420 Mgmt of High Performance Sport

Academic Year 2022/2023

High performance sport is an industry generating billions of dollars worldwide and which provides career opportunities for a vast range of professions. The aim of this module is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the management of high performance sport policies, programmes, athletes and teams. High performance sport requires the effective alignment of a number of elements, from financial strategy and the development of appropriate infrastructure to coaching and sport sciences support. Consequently, this module takes a multi-perspective view of the high performance sport environment from government policy to the views of key stakeholders within a sport organisation, such as the CEO, the high performance director, the coach, support staff and athlete. Throughout the module, both theoretical concepts as well as practical implications will be explored across a range of high performance sport environments. After undertaking this module, students should have developed their understanding and acquired skills necessary to critically analyse the issues arising in the delivery of high performance sport.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Identify and explain the core components of a high performance system.
2. Critically analyse a high performance system using appropriate framework.
3. Apply knowledge and understanding to resolve identified issues in high performance sport environments.
4. Identify and critically evaluate the elements required to develop a contextually competent high performance programme.
5. Express ideas in an effective manner both in writing and orally.

Indicative Module Content:

Leadership; Strategy; Performance Management; Organisational Culture; Coach Education / Practice; Talent Identification & Development; Sport Science Support (i.e., Performance analysis; Psychology, Nutrition; Strength & Conditioning); Governance for High Performance Sport.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
In line with the MSc programme values, the module utilises an teaching and learning approach which places students at the centre of the learning experience; promoting a collaborative and interactive learning process. Students have the opportunity to actively engage and learn during the module through lectures, class discussions, seminars, reflective learning and group work 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: This assignment will enable you to apply the knowledge and understanding you have gained from the module to core management issues within the high performance sport domain. Unspecified n/a Graded No


Journal: Learning reflection on the topics and content covered in the module Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will be provided with feedback on their individual assignment post assessment.

Name Role
Dr Tom Fabian Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Eleni Theodoraki Lecturer / Co-Lecturer