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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 24/05/2022 14:38:05

Title of Module: Managing a Sports Event

Code: SPOR08027 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Harry  Warburton

Summary of Module

The module will enable students to gain the skills to design, plan and manage a real sporting event.  Students will predominantly work in event groups in addition to the theory based class environment, tutorials and meetings.

This module is supported by lecturers in both the first and second term using a long and thin teaching approach.

Students will be encouraged to develop the skills learned through the module by undertaking the planning, delivery and evaluation of a real event.  Students will develop an understanding of the theories behind group dynamics, marketing, promotion and the allocation of roles and responsibilities. It is proposed that each event group will examine the feasibility of a desired event and present this initial idea to gain feedback prior to the planning of an event.  Lectures will help to illustrate the importance of the event process and will encourage the planning, innovation and creation of a working event.  Students will apply their experience at the end of the module through a self-reflective process involving a written evaluation and peer assessment.

During the course of this module students will develop practical experiences involved in organising and delivering an event in an organic manner, whilst developing work related skills such as team work, communication and problem solving.  Students will be encouraged to develop their reflective practice to enhance their skill set as successful learner.  These skills will help students to become 'Universal', 'Work ready' and 'Successful'; key UWS graduate attributes.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

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

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.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

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. Prepare and participate in the delivery of a sporting event

L2. Evaluate the management and marketing process of a sporting event

L3. Evaluate the contributions made by group members in managing a sports event

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 8.

Demonstrate knowledge of theory required to operate in a sports environment.

Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of events management. A broad knowledge of the importance of the theoretical underpinning of roles, responsibilities, marketing and promotion and how they apply to practical environments will be explored. Understanding the group dynamic process when forming and developing a group will also be included

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Discuss and review previous events ran by the university.
Apply theoretical concepts from class into the practical creation of an event.
Discuss and review the feasibility of an event during the planning stages of event conception.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Present and evaluate arguments, information and ideas which are routine to event conception

Use a range of approaches to address and solve problems within a collaborative group environment.
Demonstrate a reflective approach to group work through assessing the contributions of team members through a graded peer assessment process.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Convey complex ideas in well-structured and coherent form.

Use a range of forms of communication effectively in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts through individual and group work

Select and use standard ICT applications to process and obtain a variety of information and data.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Exercise management skills, initiative and independence in carrying out defined event at a professional level

Take account of own and others’ roles and responsibilities when carrying out and evaluating tasks.

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
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)
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity10
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop15
Asynchronous Class Activity11
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:

Bowdin, G., Allen, J., O’Toole, W., Harris, R. AND McDonnell, I. (2012) Events Management, 3rd Edition, Routledge, New York.

Gilchrist, K. (1999) Organising an Event. West Malling, Charities Aid Foundation.

Gillentine, A. (2005) Foundations of Sport Management, Fitness Information Technology. Nottingham.

Goldblatt, J. and Supovitz, F. (1999) Dollars and Events: How to Succeed in the Special Events Business. New York, John Wiley & Sons.

Jones, M. (2010). Sustainable Event Management. Earthscan, London

Mallen, C. and Adams, L. (2013). Event Management in Sport, Recreation and Tourism: Theoretical and Practical Dimensions, 2nd Edition, Routledge, London and New York.

Masterman, G. (2014) Strategic Sports Event Management, 3rd Edition, Routledge, New York.


Shone, A. & Perry, B. (2001) Successful event management: a practical
handbook, Continuum, London.

Spengler, J. and Connaughton, D. (2006) Risk management in Sport and Recreation. Human Kinetics, London.

(**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 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 the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardSport and Exercise
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelSport & Exercise L7-11
ModeratorLaura Wallace
External ExaminerM Moran
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment 1: Practical assignment: (Weighting 50% LO1)

Assessment 2: Written evaluation (Weighting 40% LO2)
Assessment 3: Peer assessment (Weighting 10% LO3)
(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
Clinical/ Fieldwork/ Practical skills assessment/ Debate/ Interview/ Viva voce/ Oralcheck mark  502

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essay check mark 402

Component 3
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Report of practical/ field/ clinical work  check mark101
Combined Total For All Components100% 5 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
In line with current legislation (Equality Act, 2010) and the UWS Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Code, our modules are accessible and inclusive, with reasonable adjustment for different needs where appropriate. Module materials comply with University guidance on inclusive learning and teaching, and specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. Where modules require practical learning or assessment, alternative formats and/or roles will be provided for students with physical disabilities which impact participation.

Please refer to the UWS Equality and Diversity Policy at the following link:
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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