Foundations of Exercise and Sport Psychology

Course code SPOR2030Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course provides students with an introduction to the important issues within the field of exercise and sport psychology. Students will explore the psychological and emotional factors that can influence a persons adoption and adherence to physical activity. Furthermore, the psychological factors that can influence the performance of an athlete as an individual or within a team will be explored. The course is designed to highlight the psychological and emotional factors that influence athletic and physical performance and the impact that exercise and sport has on a person's psychological well-being. Additionally, students will be taught psychological strategies and techniques that can be implemented to prevent or enhance the impact of these psychological and emotional factors in the exercise and sport context.

This course has a compulsory course component in the final examination.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this Compulsory Course Component in the course outline provided by the School.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the psychological and emotional factors that influence exercise and sport performance;
2. Identify the factors that influence and strategies to enhance an individual's adoption and adherence to physical activity;
3. Identify the psychological factors that influence the professional/client relationship for an exercise practitioner;
4. Describe how to optimise the psychological factors that influence sports performance;
5. Apply psychological enhancement strategies and techniques within the exercise and sporting environment;
6. Cooperate successfully as part of a research group.
Content- Personality and Sports Performance
- Motivation and Self-confidence
- Arousal, Stress and Anxiety
- Group and Team Dynamics
- Psychological Skills Training
- Exercise and Psychological Well-being
- Exercise Adoption and Adherence
- Psychology of Injury and Overtraining
- Addictive Behaviours in Physical Activity
- Psychological Growth and Development through Exercise and Sport
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePSYC1030 General Psychology; or
PSYC1020 Psychology Introduction II
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassMid-semester written examination
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten assignments
Examination: FormalFormal written examination.
This component has a Compulsory Course Component. A mark of at least 40% in the final examination is required to demonstrate students' understanding of the course objectives 2, 3, 4 and 5 that relate to the professional exercise practitioner and the psychological and social factors influencing exercise and sport performance. On passing the exam, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student has satisfied the Compulsory Course Component.

All students sitting the examination will be judged to have had sufficient opportunity to demonstrate their attainment of the relevant course objectives. Those who fail to satisfy the Compulsory Course Component will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Presentations - Group
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory lab induction.