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SPMT71-125: Managing High Performance Sport January 2020 [Standard]

General information

This subject provides students with an in-depth examination of the management of elite athletes, their coaches and the relationships with key stakeholders. A particular focus will be on the global high-performance systems created to develop success elite athletes. The subject will examine and critically assess International and Australian high-performance sport systems, with emphasis on government investment, funding, performance outcomes, international sporting events and performance evaluation. It will analyse the social, financial and political difficulties facing High-Performance athletes (and organisations) and examine strategies to maximise success and minimise issues (injury, drop-out, cheating). The subject will critically assess current case studies of issues arising in high-performance sport, creating potential solutions and strategies to resolve them. Some examples of case studies exploring contemporary issues in high-performance sport include doping, corruption, match-fixing, governance and athlete behaviour.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:SPMT71-125
Subject title:Managing High Performance Sport
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Workshop: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Workshop
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Recommended study time & reviewing materials
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance at all class sessions is expected. Students are expected to notify the instructor of any absences with as much advance notice as possible.


Prescribed resources:
  • Sotiriadou, P & DeBosscher, V (2013). Managing high performance sport. Oxon: Routledge
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the high-performance sport environment and the stakeholders involved.
  2. Critically analyse Australian and International high performance sporting landscapes.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the components within a high performance system that lead to international sporting success
  4. Apply a problem solving approach to high performance sport management case studies to determine potential solutions and future outcomes.
  5. Evaluate the factors impacting the high performance sport environment and the global concerns surrounding the management of high performance sport.
  6. Deliver a logically constructed persuasive presentation using appropriate visual aids.
  7. Articulate ideas, decisions, recommendations and other information in a clear, concise writing style tailored to a given audience.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to complete a group project.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Case Analysis 3 x case analysis assignments 10% each Current HP sport issues and cases to be analysed. Completed through ilearn 30% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7.
Presentation § Prepare video presentation of selected sport issue to present to class. 15% Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8.
Written Report § Reseacrh report - analysing a current issue in the high performance sport environment. 25% Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8.
Computer-Aided Examination (Closed) Comprehensive Final Examination 30% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

A peer-evaluation system will be used in this subject to help determine the individual marks for all group assessments. As part of the requirements for Business School quality accreditation, the Bond Business School employs an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Subject curriculum

An introduction to high-performance sport and defining the components of a high-performance system and the role of management. Introduce key stakeholders.

Investigate the components of high-performance sport systems, in Australia and around the world. Identify the similarities that lead to high-performance sporting success. Understand how to measure and evaluate success in high-performance sport.

Examine the governance, planning and management of high-performance athletes, teams and organisations. Gain an understanding of strategic processes that are required to win medals in high-performance sport. Understand management and leadership traits required to lead high-performance sport teams. Analyse funding models of high-performance sport.

Discover the necessary components of successful high-performance programs. Understand the role of sport science and sport medicine is a successful high-performance team. Develop a sound understanding of all sport science disciplines and how they contribute to the development and enhancement of athlete performance. This includes physiology, psychology, strength and conditioning, nutrition, biomechanics etc.

Analyse and critique athlete pathways, talent identification programs and the management of high-performance athletes. Identify and understand the key components within an athlete’s development required for high-performance sport success. What is the optimal model for successful athlete development?

Critically assess the Issues and complexities of managing professional sport teams and athletes. Evaluate current cases and media stories to formulate management strategies and plans.

Examine the role of government in high-performance sport. Use global case studies to examine current issues and concerns with the governance of high-performance sport. Understanding government funding, planning and meeting government regulatory and legal requirements.

Analyse specific issues relating to doping, match-fixing, ethics and contemporary issues such as the inclusion of trans-gender athletes. Assess the management of such issues and prioritise the management of any future issues that may emerge in the high-performance sport space.

Approved on: Nov 11, 2019. Edition: 1.2