Sport Science and Management Courses

SSM 106 - Introduction to Sport Management

(Credits: 3.00)

This course exposes students to the expanding role of sport in society and the contemporary fields of sport management and athletic administration. The content includes a broad-based examination of the foundations of theory, techniques, culture and practices of management, as applied to all segments of the community.

SSM 201 - Economics of Sport

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides the student with a foundation of economic thinking targeted at the sport industry. Topics include sport industry delivery, economic impact of sport, competition, market structures, and the future direction of the sport industry. Prerequisite: SSM 106.

SSM 205 - Sport Management Practicum

(Credits: 1.00 - 3.00)

The sport management practicum aims to provide students with a professional experience in sport management and approved areas. This experience is built around students' career interests and provides tangible learning outcomes: develop professional competencies and skills in communication and project development. Also, students may develop new skills in leadership, marketing, event planning, and facility management. Note: Practicum contact hours do not count towards field experience hours. Prerequisite: Department approval.

SSM 210 - Organization and Management in Sport

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on principles in organizational design of sport entities and processes of management, including strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, policies, procedures, management planning skills, authority and delegation, problem solving and decision making. Prerequisite: SSM 106.

SSM 218 - Critical Issues in Athletics

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is designed to investigate, examine, review and discuss several contemporary issues/problems and opportunities facing sports and athletics today. Historical aspects of sport will be researched and evaluated to compare with current events in sport and to explore what changes or developments have occurred and how society and the world of sports have evolved.

SSM 236 - Basic Issues of Sport Law

(Credits: 3.00)

This course explores the evolution of legalities within the dynamic sport landscape, highlighting amateur and professional athletics, as well as a variety of sport governing bodies. The course content focuses on legal, risk management and regulatory foundations. It is supported by actual case studies, and examines how litigation, regulations and legislation continue to shape the ever-changing sport industry in our global society. Prerequisite: SSM 106.

SSM 240 - Techniques and Theories of Coaching Youth Sport

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is designed to present the philosophical, sociological, and psychological basics for coaching youth sports. Coaching theory, administration, practice and organizational problems in youth sports are covered. Other emphasis is placed on selection of teams, recruiting, budget, motivation, relationship with family and dealing with media.

SSM 242 - Sport Facilities Management

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides students with fundamental knowledge and skills in designing and managing sport and recreational facilities. This course includes facility requirements and enhancements for both indoor and outdoor areas, site analysis, scheduling of facilities and events, equipment management, as well as maintenance of both facilities and equipment. Attention is given to the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as issues of liability and risk management. Site visits are required. Prerequisite: SSM 106.

SSM 243 - International Sport Business

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on the social, political and economic activities related to the globalization of sport, as well as international marketing, import/export strategies, manufacturing and shipping of goods. Prerequisite: SSM 106.

SSM 245 - Sport Psychology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course covers the mental aspects of participation, helping students to understand why a person participates in sports and what types of motivation will be effective in working with that individual. Several different theories of motivation and discipline from the player's point-of-view will be explored.

SSM 303 - Sport Marketing

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a study of fundamental marketing concepts of the sport industry and as a unique product. Students will study and engage in determining sport consumer markets and target demographics; learn marketing research and planning processes; and develop the mix of marketing strategies and tactics related to sponsorships, Internet, print and broadcast advertising, social media customer relationship management, etc. Prerequisite: Junior standing or department approval.

SSM 312 - Sport Finance

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides an analysis of financing organizations within the sport industry, with special emphasis on factors such as taxes, bonds, private and public financing, sales forecasts, cash flow, revenue streams and expenses. Topics include the political and social ramifications of sport finance, the mix of different financing options to support sport organizations, trends in the market for sports franchises, the competitive balance in sports leagues, the impact of sports stadiums and revenue-sharing media rights. Prerequisite: AC 201, junior standing or department approval.

SSM 320 - Motivation and Leadership in Sport

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on leadership historically and philosophically by examining major theorists, models and historical contexts. Students will explore major social, political and cultural influences on leadership in sport organizations. Prerequisite: Junior standing or department approval

SSM 345 - Sport Media Relations

(Credits: 3.00)

Students will explore the formalized working relationships between the mass media and sport organizations. The course focuses on the interactions among the people and organizations involved in the flow of information to the public, including the connection between the informational and commercial sides of sport information management. Students will examine the roles and responsibilities of sports information/public relations specialists, their duties in disseminating information and the legal and ethical issues they face. Additionally, students will have opportunities to practice many of the tasks of a sports information director, including but not limited to writing news releases, holding news conferences and creating special events. Prerequisite: Junior standing or department approval.

SSM 350 - Sport Information Management

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of statistical analysis of sport events and standing, odds and probability, computer programs for player and inventory management, and computer programs and resources for dissemination and retrieval of information.

SSM 405 - Field Experience: Sport Management

(Credits: 3.00 - 6.00)

This course is designed to provide the student with actual hands-on experience with a sport organization. Students work with organizations that allow them to observe and assist sport management professionals in a professional setting. Students will be able to utilize theory learned in the classroom in the workplace. Prerequisite: Junior standing in major, departmental approval.

SSM 406 - Sport Management Senior Seminar

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is designed to look at the total environment of sport management as viewed by top managers in the field. Concepts developed in other sport management courses are implemented in research of topics. Actual sport management issues currently being addressed at an organization or institution are studied. Additionally, students will work on many professional development related activities. Prerequisite: Senior standing in the major, departmental approval.

SSM 444 - Sport Management Fundraising

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides the student with a technical background in the areas of fundraising and grant writing. The course focuses on working within the structure of a non-profit organization, dealing with government agencies, structuring fundraising plans and preparing a proposal package for foundation funding. A practical service-learning project enhances application to the field of study. Prerequisite: Senior standing or department approval.