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Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 20/10/2021 15:49:08

Title of Module: Introduction to Sport Development

Code: SPOR07012 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Rebecca  O'Hanlon

Summary of Module

This module introduces students to the subject and study of sport development and provides an overview of organised sports provision in the United Kingdom. This will be explored through reference to definitions and models of sport development, clubs and National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and local and central government policies and practices. Further the module will explore on a basic level who the main role players are (from the public, private and voluntary sectors) and how such players can impact on the levels of participation and performance which differs for different sectors of society. Students will also gain a basic understanding of how personal, social, economic and political factors influence and impact on the process of sport development. This introductory module is the basis for understanding sport development and is further developed in other modules at this and higher levels of the programme.

During the course of this module students will be able to develop various skills, such as transferable ones gained by team working (in tutorial tasks which require group work) and communication skills either individually or in a group through verbal presentations to their peer group using a variety of media, such as Powerpoint.


Overall students will acquire a basic knowledge and understanding of sport development and its main structures and functions within society.      

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully Online

Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:


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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Define sport development and outline its key concepts, models, principles and practices

L2. Review and describe the nature of, and interrelationships between sport development and organised sport in the public, voluntary and private sectors

L3. Outline and discuss how personal, social, economic and political factors impact on the sport development process in society

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

Demonstrate and/or work with:
a broad knowledge of the subject/discipline in general.

knowledge that is embedded in the main theories,concepts and principles

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Use some of the basic and routine professional skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with a subject/discipline

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Present and evaluate arguments, information and ideas which are routine to the subject/discipline

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Use a range of forms of communication effectively in both familiar and new contexts

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Exercise some initiative and independence in carrying out defined activities particularly by oneself or within a team on tasks whether in individual or group tutorial tasks and assessments.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Formal lectures and informal tutorials involving group and individual tasks which will be the main form of learning and teaching of this module
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery18
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity18
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:


Hylton, K, Bramham, P, Jackson D and Nesti M (2010) Sports Development: policy, process and practice Second Edition. Routledge, London

Henry I (1993) The Politics of Leisure Policy. MacMillan Press Ltd, Basingstoke


Houlihan B & White A (2002) The Politics of Sports Development. Macmillan, Basingstoke

Houlihan B, Auld C, Nicholson M, Hoye R (2012) Sport and Policy. Routledge, London

Houlihan B (1997) Sport, Policy and Politics Routledge, London

Coakley J & Dunning E (2000) Handbook of Sport Studies. Sage Publications, London

Houlihan, B & Green, M (2013) Routledge handbook of sports development. Routledge, London.

Journal of Sport Tourism
Journal of Sport Management
Leisure Studies Journal


(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardSport and Exercise
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelSport & Exercise L7-11
ModeratorLaura Graham
External ExaminerK McEwan
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment 1. An in class group presentation related to a specific area covered in the module. (Weighting 50%, LO 3)
Assessment 2. A 1200-1500 word essay (Weighting 50%, LO 1,2)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essaycheck markcheck mark 502

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Presentation  check mark502
Combined Total For All Components100% 4 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
- This module is appropriate for any student. The learning activities include oral and written work, including the assessments, and where required appropriate student support will be put in place
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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