University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Business (Sport Development and Management)

Course code/s: LBBSB - Bendigo

Course Details
Location Melbourne
Course Coordinator Dr Matthew Nicholson
Course Code LBBSB
Available to International students Yes
CRICOS 078466K
Course duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 360
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course Description

Designed using a multi-disciplinary approach (including management, public health and education), this degree equips you with the knowledge and skills required for professional roles in the rapidly expanding global sport development and management industry. It provides in-depth theoretical knowledge in the field, and develops practical management experience that not only strengthens your understanding of the industry but enables you to form professional networks. The curriculum strongly emphasises the role of sport in forming cohesive communities and sports operations and industry. A dedicated workplace subject is compulsory during the final year.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisite requirements are VCE Units 3 and 4 and a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English. Applicants with comparable qualifications will be considered. A limited number of students may also be considered under Special Entry Schemes. 

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and skills to design and deliver sport services, goods or experiences.
  • Integrate theoretical and operational knowledge of sport management as an interdisciplinary field of research and practice.
  • Collaborate effectively with key stakeholders to acquire and convey sport management knowledge and ideas to achieve shared goals.
  • Collect, analyse and synthesise information to develop solutions and evaluate outcomes for issues facing the sport management industry.
  • Reflect on your professional practice, and that of others, in sport management settings, in order to improve performance.

Course Requirements

  • Two not-for-credit online modules: one will provide you with an introduction to concepts of academic integrity and the other an introduction to local indigenous culture.
  • A common core of seven subjects is designed to: enhance your understanding of business principles and develop your business skills; and develop and assess your communication, research, thinking, problem-solving and teamwork skills through all three levels of the course;
  • Three of the common core subjects, Business Foundations, Sustainability, and Entrepreneurship, deliver the LaTrobe Essentials by providing you with opportunities at each level of your course to apply your disciplinary knowledge and skill, through multidisciplinary teams, to researching, analysing and resolving global, sustainability and entrepreneurial challenges typical of those facing business today;
  • An eight-subject disciplinary core provides the disciplinary depth required of a professional working in the sport management industry, and incorporates a compulsory workplace learning subject;
  • A second eight-subject major is required for this course, chosen by you from either a major in Public Health, or a major in Physical and Outdoor Education;
  • A single elective subject in second year completes the 24 subjects of this course. This elective may be chosen from any discipline in the La Trobe Business School.
  • This degree is designed to be completed within three years of full-time study, although part-time study is possible. The maximum time allowed for you to complete this degree is seven years. 
  • You must complete the course set out below, comprising 360 credit points (24 subjects). 
  • No more than 150 credit points (10 subjects) may be at first-year level.
  • At least 120 credit points (8 subjects) must be at third-year level.
  • You must complete all prerequisite subjects prior to enrolling in a core or elective subject.
  • Variations to this structure are subject to approval by an LBS Course Coordinator.

Note: LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce you to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

La Trobe Essentials

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.


Course structure

First year

Business Foundations Accounting and Finance for Business Sport Management One subject from List A
Sport Marketing Business Economics Business Analytics One subject from List B

Note: Students are required to complete a second eight subject major either in Public Health or Physical Education. If you are choosing the Public Health major you should complete PHE1IDH and PHE1SDH. If choosing the Physical Education major you should complete EDU2HBS and EDU2MS.

List A

List A
PHE1IDH (S1) Individual Determinants of Health
EDU2HBS (S1) Human Body Systems
S1= Semester 1

List B

List B
PHE1SDH (S2) Social Determinants of Health
EDU2MS (S2) Movement Studies 1
S2 = S2 Semester 2

Second year

Second Year 

Sport Policy Introduction to Business Law and Ethics Sport Development One subject from List C
Sport Media Sustainability One subject from List D One subject from List E

List C

List C
PHE2PHP (S1) Principles of Public Health
EDU3SKL (S1) Skill Learning
S1= Semester 1

List D

List D
PHE2CHP (S2) Community Health Promotion
EDU2EPP (S2) Exercise Physiology and Performance
S2 = S2 Semester 2

List E

List E
PHE2HED (S2) Health Education Development
EDU3SSA (S2) Sport and Skill Analysis
S2 = S2 Semester 2

Note:  If you are choosing the Public Health major you should complete PHE2PHP, PHE2CHP and PHE2HED. If choosing the Physical Education major you should complete EDU3SKL, EDU2EPP and EDU3SSA.

Third year

Third Year 

Sport Practicum One Subject from List F Elective (15 cps) One subject from List G
Sport Practicum Entrepreneurship Sport Governance and Strategy One subject from List H

List F

List F
PHE2AHR - S1 Applied Health Research
EDU3SBM S1-Sports Biomechanics


List G

List G
PHE3HPE (S1) Health Promotion Program Planning and Evaluation
EDU4MS   (S1) Movement Studies
S1= Semester 1



List H

List H
PHE3PHN (S2) Public Health Nutrition
EDU4SPS (S2) Social Psychology of Sport
S2 = S2 Semester 2

Note:   If you are choosing the Public Health major you should complete PHE2AHR, PHE3HPE and PHE3PHN. If choosing the Physical Education major you should complete EDU3SBM, EDU4MS and EDU4SPS.


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