Sport and Fitness Management Courses (SFM)

SFM 6600
Foundations of Sport & Fitness Management (3)
  This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the field of sport management. Various topics related to sport management and related fields will be discussed. Students must enroll in this course during their first semester of graduate school.
   
SFM 6602
Motor Skills and Human Performance (3)
  In an interdisciplinary approach, students will be exposed to a systematic analysis of motor skills and human performance. Students will learn how to observe, evaluate and diagnose, and apply interventions to improve motor skill performance.
   
SFM 6604
Statistical Analysis and Interpretation (3)
  This course requires students to utilize statistical fundamentals, analyses, and interpretation of statistics. Statistical information includes, but is not limited to, sampling, hypothesis testing, regression, frequency distributions, t-tests, parametric and non-parametric statistical techniques, multivariate data analysis (MANOVA), and others using SPSS and other statistical software.
   
SFM 6610
Physical Education, Sport and the Law (3)
  The course is designed to provide students with an in-depth awareness and understanding of legal responsibilities of sport managers, coaches, and administrators. Emphasis will be placed upon critically analyzing the legal theories, structures, statutes, case law, and standards that apply to the sport industry and that impact sport organizations. Substantive legal areas include tort, constitutional, antitrust, intellectual property, agency, contract, and business law.
   
SFM 6614
Risk Management in Sport (3)
  Sport organizations are required to ensure safety and, as a result, they may be held liable for injuries. While safety and risk management are not viewed as being overly complicated, the specific understanding of safety principles and risk management decisions that assist sport managers to provide reasonably safe environments may be more problematic. This class will examine various theories of risk management as managerial functions in modern sport organizations as applied, but not limited to negligence, premises liability, product liability, financial considerations, and harassment.
   
SFM 6615
Organizational Behavior & Leadership in Sport (3)
  In this course students will study the basic concepts, theories and organization of administration including financial management as applied to sport, physical education, and recreation.
   
SFM 6616
Sport Finance (3)
  This course is designed to provide students with information concerning advanced theory in finance, accounting, and managerial control of budgets.
   
SFM 6617
Research Methods I (3)
  This course explores principles, methods, and strategies for planning, designing, evaluating, and applying research in sport and/or related fields. A grade of “B” or better is required. Prerequisites: SFM 6600 Foundations of Sport and Fitness Management and a total of 18 hours of SFM courses.
   
SFM 6618
Sport Economics (3)
  This course assists students in understanding past and contemporary trends in economics and sport economics research. In addition, major economic concepts and frameworks related to and outside of sport are researched and discussed.
   
SFM 6620
Physical Fitness: A Critical Analysis (3)
  This course is designed to prepare the student for the American college of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) certification. The course will examine the process of pre-participation health screening and risk stratification, administration, of physical fitness assessments and interpretation of results and the development of appropriate exercise prescriptions used in the evaluation and improvement of human fitness. Prerequisite: SFM 6650
   
SFM 6623
Biomechanics of Sport Techniques (3)
  This course is designed to prepare the student for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification. The course explores basic biomechanical concepts and their application in the analysis of sport technique for goal of improving athletic performance. Prerequisite: SFM 6650
   
SFM 6625, 6626, 6627
Specialized Study in SFM (1-3)
Study of problem or problems using research technique. Selection of problem must be approved by student's adviser, instructor under whom the study is to be made, and the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies. The study should contribute to the student's program. Preparation of a scholarly paper is required and may involve an oral defense. Total credit for any combination of enrollments in these courses may not exceed six semester hours. A specialized study may be substituted for a required course only once in a student's program. See semester hour limits listed under Course Restrictions in General Regulations section.
   
SFM 6632
Critical Issues in Sport and Fitness Management (3)
  This course focuses on the recognition, discussion, and systematic analysis of controversial issues and problems encountered in the conduct of professional activities in sport, fitness, health and physical education.
   
SFM 6633
Sport Consumer Behavior (3)
  This course examines the sport consumer as a decision maker by reviewing their social, cultural, and psychological influences on purchasing decision-making processes. Also, this course allows for students to gain an in depth review of such influences emphasizing their implications for marketing strategies.
   
SFM 6639
Sport Communication (3)
  Students in this course will explore and apply communication theories to the sport industry. Emphasis will be on the examination of public and media relations with a special focus on organizational communication to external and internal publics.
   
SFM 6640
Sport Marketing (3)
  The purpose of this course is to teach the sports manager how to create a marketing plan. The emphasis is on following a ten-step procedure designed primarily for the non-profit sector and learning the theoretical base required to complete the process accurately and proficiently.
   
SFM 6641
Sport Facility and Event Management (3)
  This course is designed to provide the student with information concerning the planning, design, organization, and administration of sport and recreational facilities, with an added emphasis on event management.
   
SFM 6642
Managing Sport and Physical Activity Organizations (3)
  This course focuses on the conceptual analysis of management in sport. The field of sport management is described in terms of the services within the field, and management itself is viewed as the coordination of the processes of production and marketing of those services. Students will discuss and demonstrate knowledge in managerial functions of planning, organizing, leading and evaluating problems associated with the production and marketing of services within the field of sport management. Prerequisite: SFM 6600
   
SFM 6644
Human Resource Management in Sport and Physical Activity (3)
  This course focuses on management of human resources within sport and physical activity organizations. The course will explore the organizational processes of job design, staffing, leadership, performance appraisal, and reward systems. Desired outcomes of job satisfaction are examined along with organizational commitment. Prerequisite: SFM 6600
   
SFM 6645
Revenue Generation in Sports (3)
  This course will explore the contemporary trends in revenue generation of professional and amateur sport teams and programs. The course will analyze and produce skills essential to the revenue production and sales process commonly found in business and sport business.
   
SFM 6650
Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (3)
  This course examines established dietary requirements of athletes relative to performance, training, and recovery. Emphasis will be placed on the use of peer reviewed literature to understand the importance of pre– and post-event nutrition, nutritional issues faced by athletes, and possible erogenic strategies, foods, and dietary supplements. Examination of metabolic pathways will allow advanced interpretation of the metabolism of macronutrients during conditions of exercise and disordered metabolism. Prerequisite: SFM 6670
   
SFM 6670
Exercise Physiology (3)
  This course examines acute and chronic physiological responses of the respiratory, cardiovascular, and musculoskeletal systems to the demands of exercise. Contributions made by aerobic and anaerobic metabolism to energy production will be examined. The contribution of various physiological variables will be investigated to facilitate an understanding of the physiological basis of human performance.
   
SFM 6671
Advanced Exercise Physiology (3)
  This course will allow students to experience and explore advanced concepts, topics, and laboratory techniques related to exercise physiology. Material covered in this course will prepare students to interpret, conduct, and share advanced material with their peers. Students will have the opportunity to implement an advanced research project or commence thesis-related research. Prerequisite: SFM 6650
   
SFM 6672
Sport Psychology (3)
  The course is designed for the student with a vocational interest in athletic coaching within the educational environment. Psychological theories will be applied to the teaching of sports skills and the development of individuals into efficient team units.
   
SFM 6673
Ethics in Sport (3)
  The course examines ethical matters and issues relating to sport and physical activity.
   
SFM 6674
Entrepreneurship in Sport (3)
  The course provides students with an awareness and understanding of basic concepts and problems in starting a business.
   
SFM 6675
NCAA Governance, Compliance and Institutional Control (3)
  This course is designed to give graduate students an understanding of the history, purposes, fundamental policies, and administrative organization of the NCAA. The student will gain sufficient working knowledge of the Operating Bylaws of the NCAA Manual and learn to apply NCAA rules and regulations to compliance related scenarios. In addition the student will learn the basic principles of institutional control of an intercollegiate athletics program and the basic components and applications of an institutional compliance program.
   
SFM 6680, 6681, 6682
Practicum in Sport and Fitness Mgt. (1-9)
A supervised application of the concepts, principles, and skills acquired by the students in previous course work. Problems in the area of financial management, personnel supervision, fitness management, sport management, and curriculum development will be identified. Students will explore and identify alternative solutions to problems through group interactions. Permission of the instructor is required.
   
SFM 6690
Internship (3)
  A 400-hour supervised experience in planning, staging and evaluating a formal practicum in related field. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
   
SFM 6691
Research Methods II (3)
  This course examines the variety of research methods and reporting methods used in sport & fitness management research. A grade of “B” or better is required. Prerequisite: SFM 6600, SFM 6604, and SFM 6617 with a “B” or better
   
SFM 6694
Thesis I (3)
  Independent research related to sport and fitness management topic under the supervision of the student’s advisory committee. A thesis proposal must be approved by the student’s advisory committee. Grading system is Pass/Fail.
   
SFM 6695
Thesis II (3)
  Independent research leading to the preparation of a scholarly paper related to sport and fitness management topic under the supervision of the student’s advisory committee. The student’s advisory committee will administer an oral examination covering the research and findings. Grading system is Pass/Fail.
   
SFM 8801
Statistical Analysis and Interpretation (3)
  This course examines the fundamentals, analyses, and interpretation of statistics. Statistical information to include sampling, hypothesis testing, regression, frequency distributions, t-tests, parametric/nonparametric statistical techniques, multivariate data analysis (MANOVA), and others using SPSS and other statistical software.
   
SFM 8803
Research Methods for Doctoral Students (3)
  The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to broad and practically oriented research design methods within sport management as a social science. This course will also require students to investigate the development and usage of theory and design as they relate to research in sport management. Using this knowledge, students will be able to begin developing their own research agenda by identifying and expanding key questions within there area of interest. A grade of “B” or better is required.
   
SFM 8805
Research Methods II (3)
  This course examines the variety of research methods and reporting methods used in sport and fitness management research. A grade of “B” or better is required.
   
SFM 8807
Seminar in Research Dissemination (3)
  This course is designed to prepare individuals for the research demands of higher education and the sport industry. Emphasis will be given to both scholarly and practical publication and presentation processes including but not limited to: researching appropriate publication and presentation outlets, adhering to publication/presentation requirements, submitting projects according to the respective guidelines, and preparing for oral and poster presentations.
   
SFM 8810
Seminar in Applied Statistics in Sport Management (3)
  This course provides an introduction to the statistical techniques commonly employed in sport management research. Course topics will include statistical techniques that measure the relationship among variables, determine significance of group differences, predict group membership, and analyze scale structure.
   
SFM 8812
Seminar in Sport Marketing (3)
  This course will include discussions of current topics and issues impacting sport marketing and its application within the sport management field. Emphasis is on discussion and critical analysis in sport marketing theory, research, education, and current issues relative to social, cultural, political, and ethical issues in sport marketing.
   
SFM 8814
Seminar in Sport Finance (3)
  This course is designed to provide students with an advanced appreciation and understanding of financial theories related to sport management. Emphasis is on review, research, discussion and application of financial cases.
   
SFM 8816
Seminar in Organizational Behavior and Leader-ship (3)
  This course covers a wide spectrum of organizational behavior and leadership topics and focuses intently on the theoretical evolution and underpinnings of the material and how research could be potentially directed in the future. This course exposes the student to various leadership theories, management principles, and variables, including analysis of the methods and materials commonly utilized by organizational researchers.
   
SFM 8820
Seminar in Legal Aspects of Sport (3)
  This course is designed to provide students with an advanced appreciation and understanding of legal responsibilities of sport managers. Emphasis will be on researching and reviewing legal cases and understanding and applying legal theories to select cases.
   
SFM 8822
Seminar in Sport Management Pedagogy (3)
  This course examines common practice and issues in higher education and sport management pedagogy. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the varying types of institutions, traditional roles and responsibilities within the respective institutions, ethical issues in higher education, research and practice for effective college teaching, the classroom environment, effective instructional formats (online and traditional), and teaching strategies.
   
SFM 8824
Sociological Aspects of Sport (3)
  This course focuses on the advanced recognition, discussion, and systematic review and analyses of sociological and ethical issues in sport. Topics discussed will include but are not limited to: the development of sport and the sports industry; the political and cultural significance of sport; the part played by sport in international relationships; the relationship between sport, gender, class and ethnicity; a range of sports-related issues such as health, drugs, and violence, and the management of sports activities both in educational establishments and in the wider society.
   
SFM 8825, 8826
Specialized Study in the Area of Sport Management (3-6)
This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to explore an area of interest related to his/her selected specialty under the direct supervision of a faculty member.
   
SFM 8830
Special Topics (3)
  This course is designed to explore sport management related topics in depth to allow the graduate student to become an “expert” in that topic. Significant preparation, recognition of the topic, research, discussion, and collaboration with peers and colleagues will be required in order to adequately prepare for the submission of a scholarly research paper.
   
SFM 8860
Dissertation (1-9)
  In consultation with the dissertation chair and committee, the student will design and conduct research to complete the aims identified in his/her research proposal, or as modified subsequently, in line with recommendations from the committee. Dissertation credit hours are offered in 3 hour increments. A student may not exceed 9 semester hours within a semester or six semester hours with a term.
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