Lincoln College

Undergraduate Catalog :: Normal Campus

Sport Management

SPM 201: Introduction to Sport Management

Credits: 3
This course discusses sport management in terms of its scope, principles, current issues and trends. In addition, the course examines the job responsibilities and competencies required of sport managers in a variety of sports or sports-related organizations in a hope to have the student become acquainted with the field of Sport Management. Each student will also research the wide range of career opportunities available and identify potential career paths in the field of sport management.

SPM 203: Introduction to Sport Coaching – Course offered only on the Lincoln Campus

Credits: 3
This course discusses the range of the coaching profession by examining the scope, principles and trends in the coaching profession.  The course examines job responsibilities, competencies, and principles of kinesiology to better acquaint the student with the field of coaching.

SPM 205: Introduction to Recreation and Leisure – Course offered only on the Lincoln Campus

Credits: 3
This course provides a general overview of recreation and leisure in educational, governmental, institutional, and professional settings.  The course examines the job responsibilities and competencies required in the field of recreation and leisure to better acquaint the student with the field.

SPM 207:  Introduction to Health and Physical Education – Course offered only on the Lincoln Campus

Credits: 3
This course includes a history of physical education theory and philosophy up to the present time.  Various theories and methods are treated to provide the student with a broad understanding of the place of physical education today.

SPM 220: Sport Personnel Management – Course offered only on the Lincoln Campus

Credits: 3
This course surveys the responsibilities of personnel managers within the sport industry, which include hiring, managing, and motivating staff. Other areas of emphasis include communicating clearly, resolving conflicts, interviewing and evaluating staff. Effective management of players, parents, and officials will also be discussed.

SPM 222: Sport Foundations in America – Course offered only on the Lincoln Campus

Credits: 3
This is a survey course that analyzes the various sport institutions in America.  This course will look at sport at youth, recreational, interscholastic and professional levels to understand the scope of the industry.  Introductory topics of association compliance, law and organizational development will be discussed.

SPM 252: Practicum in Sport Management – Course offered only on the Lincoln Campus

Credits: 3
This course provides the student with practical experience in a sport setting enabling students to get “on the job” training of the sport management profession. Students will be expected to apply methods, skills, and techniques learned in the classroom to the practicum setting.

SPM 301: History and Philosophy of Sport

Credits: 3
The course addresses the role of sport in past and contemporary societies as well as the historical and philosophical aspects found in the development of sport. Historical study will focus on helping students gain a better understanding of the inner relationship that sport has on social, economic, cultural-level, and political forces that are at work within society. Examines the historical context as well as the significance of gender, race, ethnicity, and social class. Students will also examine the historical and philosophical forces that have led to the modern day development of sport.

SPM 302: Professional Ethics in Sport and Business

Credits: 3
The course offers an introduction to philosophy and ethics within sport and business settings. Students will examine the value of developing a personal philosophy for making character driven, philosophy-based decisions. The course is designed to create awareness of important ethical issues in leadership positions found in business and sports and to provide students with skills and information to competently respond to ethical challenges as they occur. Students will explore real-life issues such as social responsibility and current events through research, readings and class discussion. This course is intended to help develop and foster critical thinking skills, to learn and understand the philosophical and ethical background needed in sport and business settings, and to improve written and verbal communication skills.

SPM 303: Sociology of Sport

Credits: 3
The course discusses sport using the sociological perspective and examines the role of sport in society.  The course is designed to introduce students to critical issues in sport, as well as social inequalities and inequities in sport settings of all kinds.  Through this class, students will examine and learn to appreciate differences, sexual orientation, race, and religion.

SPM 304: Sport Marketing

Credits: 3
The course examines fundamental principles of marketing, promotion, and sponsorship as well as marketing theories and practices in sports settings. Topics include the unique qualities of sports in relation to business and marketing strategies, including product, promotion, pricing, and distribution practices of sports marketing. Students will also develop promotional strategies and activities that can be applied in real-life sport settings.
Prereq. SPM 201 or concurrent enrollment

SPM 305: Media and Public Relations in Sport

Credits: 3
The course focuses on the application of media, public relations and communications in sport settings. Students will learn the principles of interpersonal and mass communication and understand interaction with internal and external sport publics. The appropriate methods and theories will be presented as well as their application in the professional, intercollegiate and youth/recreational/high school sport settings.
Prereq. SPM 201 or concurrent enrollment

SPM 306: Sport Law /Risk Management in Sport

Credits: 3
The course is designed to give the student exposure to case law, statutory law and relevant acts that affect sport settings. Students will examine and discuss legal liabilities in the sport environment and the principal causes of sport litigation. A variety of topics will be covered that include tort law, Title IX, negligence, and risk management.
Prereq. SPM 201 or concurrent enrollment

SPM 307: Administration of Sport

Credits: 3
The course examines the organization, management and administrative skills that are needed in various sport settings. Topics include all administrative tasks associated with effective leadership in sport settings as well as organization, legal issues, conflict management, ethical decision making, personnel, budgeting, financing, organizational culture, marketing and public relations, and current applications of computers and technology in sport settings.
Prereq. SPM 201 or concurrent enrollment

SPM 308: Fundraising in Sport

Credits: 3
The course discusses the many faces of fundraising and its application to current sport settings. Specific topics include revenues and expenses, budgeting, ethics and commercialization of sport settings. Various creative marketing, fundraising ideas, and sponsorships will also be examined and evaluated.
Prereq. SPM 201 or concurrent enrollment

SPM 400: Sport in a Global Society

Credits: 3
The course will investigate the global aspect of sports and how they exemplify most of the contemporary phenomena associated with globalization. Some of the topics may include globalization, the Olympics, international sporting institutions, the hosting of “big events,” and the flow of international athletes in professional settings. The main goals of the course are to provide the students with the skills to analyze sport as social phenomena and use them as another analytical tool to study or illuminate contemporary situations and challenges in the world of sports
Prereq. SPM 201 or concurrent enrollment and Junior/Senior Standing

SPM 401: Sport Governance

Credits: 3
The course examines sport governance so the prospective sport manager understand its importance and relevance to sport organizations and the management of sport related events or settings. The course will examine sport organizations and the professional, college, and youth/recreational/high school levels. Students will also develop an understanding of various agencies that govern sport and identify their authority, organizational structure and functions.
Prereq. SPM 201 or concurrent enrollment and Junior/Senior Standing

SPM 402: Financial Issues in Sport

Credits: 3
The course analyzes the relationship between finance and principles that are relevant to operating major professional sports franchises, intercollegiate athletic programs as well as youth/recreational/high school sport settings. Students will analyze a variety of important financial concepts such as budgetary control, sponsorship, fund raising and the economic impact of sports.
Prereq. SPM 201 or concurrent enrollment and Junior/Senior Standing

SPM 403: Sport Facility and Event Management

Credits: 3
The purpose of this course is to help students understand the concepts of management as they apply to sport facilities and sporting events. Students will be introduced to the administration, principles, guidelines, policies and recommendations associated with managing sporting events and sport facilities. Basic management skills such as planning, organizing, scheduling, publicizing as they relate to events and facility management and events at high school, college, and professional levels will be discussed
Prereq. SPM 201 or concurrent enrollment

SPM 404: Leadership in Sport

Credits: 3
The course examines skills, roles, functions and responsibilities of leaders in sport managerial settings. In the course, students will investigate leadership theory, principles and leadership styles of sport leaders. This course will use case studies, historical and current events, and research, experiential and hands-on activities to encourage student reflection and content mastery.
Prereq. SPM 201 or current enrollment and Junior/Senior Standing

SPM 405: Psychology of Sport

Credits: 3
The course examines the interaction between psychological variables and performance in sport. Students will identify and examine past as well as current situations that relate to high and low performance at various levels of competition. The course is ideal for students who wish to work in sport settings and serve athletes in some capacity and/or pursue a career in leadership or coaching.
Prereq. SPM 201 or concurrent enrollment and Junior/Senior Standing

SPM 406: Organizational Culture in Sport

Credits: 3
The purpose of this course is to help the student examine sport organizations from a cultural perspective and gain an understanding of how organization culture affects, and is affected by, every aspect of an organization, including leadership, management, ethics, and others. The course discusses the history of the field of organizational culture and its application to sport settings. It also discusses theories of culture and change and provides students an opportunity to gain practical experience by analyzing various sport organizational cultures.
Prereq. SPM 201 or concurrent enrollment and Junior/Senior Standing

SPM 408: Principles of Coaching

Credits: 3
The course consists of an in-depth study of the coaching profession at the professional, collegiate, and high school/youth/recreational levels. It is designed to help students understand the nature of the profession and its inherent responsibilities and challenges.
Prereq. SPM 201 or concurrent enrollment and Junior/Senior Standing

SPM 491: Senior Internship

Credits: 3
Culminating experience allowing students the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and skills in an appropriate professional setting based upon their training and experience. Represents a culminating experience and should only be conducted when all other coursework is complete.
Prereq. Program Director Approval and Senior Standing

SPM 492: Independent Study/Research in Sport Management

Credits: 3
An elective course designed for students who are capable of executing self-directed research. Students will conduct research on a self-selected topic that will provide the student with a specialized and in depth learning experience. A course syllabus and
assignment contract between the student, instructor and Program Director outlining the expectations, grading criteria and learning outcomes must be submitted prior to enrollment.
Prereq. SPM 201 or concurrent enrollment, Junior/Senior Standing and Program Director approval