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SPEX461 Advanced Topics in Sport Development

Advanced study of two modules (each worth 10 points) from a selection of topics in sport development.

SPEX 461 is designed to provide students with core content inherent in the study of Sport Development at postgraduate level. Students will select from a variety of modules offered by staff on topics related to their area of research expertise.

Paper title Advanced Topics in Sport Development
Paper code SPEX461
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,120.06
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,439.89

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72 300-level points
Limited to
Limited to: BAppSc (Hons), BSc(Hons), PGDipSci, MSc, PGCertAppSc, PGDipAppSc, MAppSc, MSpDM, PGDipSpDM

Graduate programme leader for Sport Development and Management (to be confirmed) (

Teaching staff

Paper coordinator: Graduate programme leader for Sport Development and Management (to be confirmed)

The individual modules will be taught by academic staff from the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science.

Paper Structure

The paper is modular in nature with students selecting two modules, each worth 10 points, to meet the requirements of the papers. A list of module topics offered each year is available on the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science website. The specific modules offered may vary year to year, subject to staff availability and student interest.

Teaching Arrangements

Each module has a generic teaching and assessment structure.

Teaching structure: Students will participate in 10 one-hour weekly lectures and 5 two-hour bi-weekly tutorials/laboratories for each module.

Assessment structure: Each module will comprise two internal assessments (each worth 30%) and a final exam (worth 40%).


A reading list for each module will be provided to students. There will be no textbooks required.

Course outline

A course outline for each module will be provided to students at the start of the semester.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global Perspective, Interdisciplinary Perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical Thinking, Lifelong Learning, Ethics, Information Literacy, Self-Motivation, Global Prospective, Cultural Understanding, Environmental Literacy, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Due to the modular nature of SPEX 461, the specific learning outcomes depend on which modules are selected. For each module offered, specific learning outcomes will be presented in advance to students. In addition, the paper aims to provide students with the following generic learning outcomes dependent on the postgraduate degree in which they are enrolled.

PGDipSci/MSc in Sport, Exercise and Health:

  • Investigate topics of interest using current sport-specific international research.
  • Explain NZ sport management and policy trends in context of global, political and social environment.
  • Draw from multiple disciplines (e.g. sociology and management) to formulate in-depth analysis of policy and management issues.
  • Conduct critical examination of policy and management in preparation for research and practitioner careers.
  • Synthesise advanced-level texts to examine structures and policies in sport.
  • Communicate effectively using scholarly research writing/presentation styles and techniques.
  • Challenge and critique existing structures and practices, using both established/traditional and contemporary research.
  • Identify Māori approaches to policy and management; ability to understand biculturalism and its outcomes.
  • Understand ethical approaches to working with individuals in community and sport organisations.
  • Use multiple platforms for presenting work (e.g. blogs); ability to translate research into practical terminology.
  • Understand, reflect on, and critique current research with a view to developing novel research in the future.
  • Work in groups in a managed environment to develop group skills.


  • Integrate their own work-place knowledge with specialist knowledge drawn from research in sport management/policy.
  • Appreciate impact of global environment on sport management and policy via case studies.
  • Identify different disciplinary approaches to understanding organisations; ability to integrate knowledge from other papers and experiences into modules.
  • Reflect on workplace experience as a function of developing skills for interpreting and developing their work practices and environment.
  • Engage with advanced-level texts to identify relevant lessons for practical sport development work.
  • Communicate effectively in organisations; ability to present information orally and written.
  • Translate research into practical case study and work examples; identify issues with existing practices.
  • Understand the Treaty of Waitangi in workplace environment and use of Māori understandings of strategic management as navigation.
  • Understand ethical approaches to working with individuals in community and sport organisations.
  • Use advanced-level IT systems for presenting and synthesising information; ability to access data bases (e.g. census) to inform current practice.
  • Understand, reflect on, and critique current practices with a view to identifying research gaps relevant to current employment and practical situations.
  • Work in groups in a managed environment to develop group skills.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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