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Course : Graduate Practicum

Course Number
SPAD 6053
Section Number
Summer I 2022
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

Catelog Course Description

Designed to offer students an opportunity to work with professionals in the field through practical application of acquired knowledge, skills, and best practices associated with sport management. Students are required to complete 170 contact hours at a selected facility/organization. May be repeated for credit with the approval of the instructor and graduate advisor. Consideration for a supervised practical experience associated with coaching, managing, or administering sport-related programs working directly with participants will be considered when defining the placement of the student.

Student Email Usage

You are required to use your MSUTexas email address for all correspondence during this course. Check that your MSUTexas email address is the one listed in your Web World Personal Information. Using your MSUTexas address ensures your privacy. If you have a different email account, you can forward your MSUTexas email to that account, but I will only send and respond to emails sent from an MSUTexas address. Please make sure to include your name on any email that you send. You are required to check your MSUTexas email a minimum of two (2) days per week.


Students will:

  1. Gain knowledge and skills necessary for managing/leading sport-related programs.
  2. Develop and/or strengthen professional contacts within the field of Sport Administration.
  3. Create an electronic portfolio showcasing one’s course work, applicable projects, experiences, talents, and skills in leading/managing sport-related programs and administration of recreation, leisure, and/or sporting events.
  4. Presentation of key areas of experience to faculty highlighting experiential learning and challenges experienced.  


1.    Students must work in an administrative capacity with a sport-related organization under the supervision and leadership of a professional in the field.

2.    Practice specific skills and develop leadership qualities essential for success in one’s chosen field.

3.    Students will network and cultivate connections with other professionals in the field.

4.    Students will create an electronic portfolio showing specific coursework and projects throughout their degree work at MSU inclusive of individual leadership and/or management experiences, public presentations, and administrative obligations.

Submission Guidelines: ***PDF and other types of formatted documents submitted will not be graded unless specifically requested by the professor within the assignment instructions.***

Communication Policies Before students email me, make sure to follow the “Three then Me” rule. The “Three then Me” rule says that you search for your answer regarding the course in at least three other places before sending an email. For example, if students have a question about an assignment, they should consult the course syllabus, the grading scale or rubric, the assignment description on Desire 2 Learn or ask to check the Flipgrid Question & Answer topic card. Remember, to check three sources before emailing the professor. It is very likely students will find the answer and not need to email the professor. If a student does not find the answer and needs clarification, feel free to email the professor.

During the week, I will typically respond to your emails within 36-60 hours. Any emails received over the weekend will receive a response no later than Tuesday by noon. 

Technology Skills

Must be able to send and receive e-mail

Must be able to create, send and receive Microsoft Word, Excel, and/or web page documents

Must be able to use Desire 2 Learn through the MSUTexas portal

Must be able to download/use Flip Grid for class assignments/presentations

Must be able to download/use the ZOOM Meeting platform for class meetings

Must be able to appropriately use internet links and websites such as Google Docs, Sites, etc.

Class Meetings

Students are required to meet 2-3 times as a class throughout the semester. Dates and times for class meetings are determined by the instructor. Alternative arrangements may be allowed at the discretion of the instructor. The first meeting will be on THURSDAY, June 2nd @ 12:30 PM; June 16th  @ 9:30 AM; July 13th @ 6:00 PM and July 26th @ 2:30 PM

 Additional meetings will be set as requested or deemed necessary

Assignment Deadlines

All assignments will be due via D2L within an appropriate timeframe of the listed due date & time. If a student has not been able to complete the outcome by the due date, they are responsible for letting the instructor know the reason for the delay in submission. All required assignments must be submitted prior to the end of the last week of classes. All assignments, unless otherwise noted must be typed in 11or 12 point font and submitted as a Microsoft Word document. All discussion posts and reports or papers must be developed using APA 7th edition formatting.

***PDF and other types of formatted documents submitted will not be graded unless specifically requested by the professor within the assignment instructions.***

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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